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article imageNBA: Lakers name Mike Brown their new head coach instead of Shaw

By Austin Tyler     May 25, 2011 in Sports
Los Angeles - Mike Brown lost his job a year ago after the Cavs lost to the Boston Celtics in the Conference Semifinals. Brown has been working as a NBA analyst on ESPN, and came out of nowhere to be named the Lakers new head coach instead of Brian Shaw.
Mike Brown was the Cleveland Cavaliers coach from 2005-2010 and in 2007 led the Cavs to the NBA Finals. In the 2008-2009 season Brown was named NBA Coach of the Year as he help lead the Cavs to a 66-16 record, but could not get the Cavs back to the NBA Finals. In Brown’s tenure with the Cavs he won a total of 272 games and loss 138 games with a .663 winning percentage in the regular season. In the post-season Brown was 42-29 with a .592 winning percentage getting the Cavs to Eastern Conference Finals.
Brian Shaw seemed like the man to replace Phil Jackson, but the Lakers had other plans that did not involve Shaw at all. The Lakers had a short list of candidates, but only one was endorsed by their current superstar Kobe Bryant who backed Shaw. Mike Brown’s name came up late after coaches like Rick Adleman formally of the Houston Rockets, Mike Dunleavy formally of the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers assistant Brian Shaw.
Brown is now 41-year-old and was the winningest coach in Cavaliers history. He now is the head man of one of the most prestigious and successful franchise in modern basketball history. Brown has become the 22nd coach in the Los Angeles Lakers rich history of great coaches. The deal is reportedly worth $18.25 million with the contract lasting for three-years with a team option for a fourth year. If the Lakers do not pick up Browns option he will be guaranteed to receive $2.5 million dollars.
Brown is known for his defensive pressure with his teams is what led the Cavs to so many victories, but when it came to scoring the Cavs struggled. In the 2007 NBA Finals the Cavs offense became stagnate as it seemed like LeBron James was going one on five at some points.
Even though LeBron was not completely happy with the way things went down with their time together he still has much respect for his coach saying this.
Mike Brown is a great coach he brought us success that we hadn't had before in that city, and it started with his defensive concepts. He brought in a defensive mindset that we didn't have. Fifty-plus wins, he was coach of the year, he got us to the (NBA) Finals, won us the Eastern Conference finals ... because of him and his coaching staff. I respect him. He definitely helped me become who I am today.
Brown was an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs when they had Tim Duncan and David Robinson during their NBA Championship years. With him now having Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum for right now we can look for him to implement that system as Kobe Bryant only has two more good years left in him with his knee being bone-on-bone.
Brown had a great interview with the Lakers this past Saturday, and adding his winning percentage and winning history pushed him to the top of the list. The only question now is will Brown’s new offensive scheme be better than keeping Shaw and continuing with the Tex Winters triangle offense.
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