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At Introductory Press Conference, Mike Brown Dismisses Detractors: 'Winning Will Cure All That'

On Tuesday afternoon, Mike Brown conducted his introductory press conference as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Hired last week to replace the legendary Phil Jackson, Brown arrives in LA with the tough task of living up to Jackson’s legacy and guiding the Lakers to more championship glory before Kobe Bryant enters the twilight of his Hall of Fame career.

To say Brown has his detractors would be an understatement. Not known for being a great offensive coach or in-game tactician on the offensive side, Brown’s doubters wonder how Bryant and the rest of the veteran-laden Lakers roster will adjust after having played in the same Triangle offense for so many years. Brown fielded questions on the topic, as well as many others in Tuesday’s Q&A with the media. Below are excerpts from the session.

On how what he believes the similarities and differences are between he and Phil Jackson:

“I don’t know Coach Jackson on a personal basis so I can’t say what’s the difference between us. I know he’s older than me and made more money than me, so I’m not sure.”

On the future of the Triangle offense:

“We’re not going to run the triangle offense, but we will have bits and pieces of it to incorporate.”

On what he’d say to those who don’t feel he’s qualified or capable enough for the prestigious job:

“Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I respect that. Everyone has jobs to do. Winning will cure all that.”

On Kobe’s role:

“This is still his team. Kobe is Kobe. He has five titles and is one of the greatest ever. His role will not change. We’ll make sure he’ll have the ball in the sweet spots he likes to have it.”

Stay tuned for the video of Brown's entire first presser as the Lakers head coach just as soon as it becomes available.

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Mike Brown's First Interview As Lakers Head Coach: 'I'm Extremely Excited'

Mike Brown is going to be the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakerseven if they're not ready to say it's official, and went on ESPN Wednesday night to talk about his new job.

The most important part of the interview, following the rampant speculation from Wednesday, is that Brown has been in communication with All-Star Kobe Bryant.

"Kobe and I have exchanged texts tonight and I imagine that we will get on the phone at one point or another," Brown told ESPN's Magic Johnson. "He was busy with his family at one point and so was I so weren't able to hook up by phone.

"I'm looking forward to get to know Kobe and be able to work with him to go get us a championship because that's the level of expectations that you have being a Laker."

The new head coach seems to be saying all the right things with regard to his new star player -- after formerly coaching LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers for five seasons -- but he'll need to prove he's able to do it on the court before Laker fans really buy into the first coach following in Phil Jackson's footsteps.

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Mike Brown's First Interview As Lakers Head Coach: 'I'm Extremely Excited'

Mike Brown is going to be the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakerseven if they're not ready to say it's official, and went on ESPN Wednesday night to talk about his new job.

The most important part of the interview, following the rampant speculation from Wednesday, is that Brown has been in communication with All-Star Kobe Bryant.

"Kobe and I have exchanged texts tonight and I imagine that we will get on the phone at one point or another," Brown told ESPN's Magic Johnson. "He was busy with his family at one point and so was I so weren't able to hook up by phone.

"I'm looking forward to get to know Kobe and be able to work with him to go get us a championship because that's the level of expectations that you have being a Laker."

The new head coach seems to be saying all the right things with regard to his new star player -- after formerly coaching LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers for five seasons -- but he'll need to prove he's able to do it on the court before Laker fans really buy into the first coach following in Phil Jackson's footsteps.

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Lakers, New Coach Mike Brown Agree On Four-Year Contract; Announcement Expected Wednesday Afternoon

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to terms with Mike Brown on a four-year contract to make Brown the team’s new head coach. ESPN’s Chris Broussard reports the deal, worth $18.25 million, includes a team option for the final season; Brown is guaranteed $2.5 million that year even if the Lakers decline the option.

Brown, just 41, coached the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2005 to 2009, compiling a 272-138 record and leading the Cavs to an NBA Finals appearance in 2007. In 2008/09, he earned Coach of the Year honors for pushing Cleveland to a league-best 66-16 record. Despite their regular-season success, the Orlando Magic ousted Brown’s Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Lakers defeated the Magic in the subsequent Finals, their first of two straight championships.

The Cavaliers let Brown go following the 2009/10 season. His next gig? Serving as an assistant coach for his son's middle-school football team.

The Lakers’ hiring of Brown comes after a relatively quick search for a new head coach after Phil Jackson retired. Names of candidates the team was considering surfaced May 12, and less than two weeks later, Los Angeles found its man.

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Lakers Will Hire Mike Brown As Head Coach, Matt Steinmetz Reports

The Los Angeles Lakers will hire Mike Brown as the team's next head coach, according to CSN Bay Area's Matt Steinmetz. While this news is rather suprising, it does gel with the report earlier Tuesday that owner Jerry Buss said the team was "very close" to naming Phil Jackson's successor.

Brown's only previous head coaching experience came with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he was let go after five seasons so the team could bring Byron Scott aboard, but the 41-year-old is expected to sign a four-year contract worth approximately $18 million contract with the Lakers according to Steinmetz.

A report from NBA.com's David Aldridge Tuesday night noted that Lakers were looking for the coach that accepted their salary demands:

But the Lakers are adamant about maintaining their salary ceiling, and seem to be looking for the candidate that will accept those terms as opposed to picking a candidate and negotiating a deal with him.

Brown was 272-138 in five seasons in Cleveland, reaching the second round of the playoffs each season and earning NBA Coach of the Year honors once while coaching the LeBron James led Cavs.

Stay tuned to SB Nation's Lakers blog Silver Screen and Roll and this Storystream for more news as this develops.

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Lakers Coaching Search 'Very Close' To Being Complete, Jerry Buss Says

The Los Angeles Lakers have been searching for a new head coach ever since their season ended. After a wide-ranging array of candidates have been mentioned, the team seems to be close to making a decision.

Jerry Buss made a Playboy Radio appearance with Michael Eaves and Bonnie Jill Laflin on Sirius/XM Radio, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times, where the Lakers owner said the team is "very close" to naming the team's new head coach.

How close is very close?

"I don't know exactly when but a week is a long time," Buss said Tuesday. "I should say that."

It's difficult to try not reading too far into that statement, but if a week is a long time, but that probably means that Rick Adelman, Mike Dunleavy, Brian Shaw, Chuck Person or Mike Brown -- or a candidate that has yet to be mentioned -- should expect a phone call before next Tuesday letting them know they're either the new Lakers coach or they're out of the running.

The Lakers would probably be wise to make a decision sooner rather than later, too, as all but Dunleavy has been mentioned as a candidate with either the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors or Indiana Pacers vacancies as well.

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Mike Brown Is Next Lakers Coaching Possibility, ESPN's Stein Reports

The Los Angeles Lakers coaching search has not been moving much in recent weeks, but ESPN's Marc Stein reported Friday that Mike Brown will interview for the vacant position "soon."

Brown, former head coach of the LeBron James led Cleveland Cavaliers, becomes the fourth public candidate to replace the retired Phil Jackson. The other four candidates, as discussed earlier at SB Nation Los Angeles, are current Lakers assistant Brian Shaw, former Houston Rockets head coach Rick Adelman and Mike Dunleavy, who last coached with the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2009-10 season.

As Stein notes, Brown is a hot candidate for several other current open jobs around the league:

Brown is widely regarded in coaching circles as the leading candidate in Golden State to replace Keith Smart. Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird also said this week that he intends to contact Brown -- as well as Adelman -- to gauge his interest in returning to Indiana, where Brown worked as an assistant before joining the Cavs.

In five seasons as a head coach, Brown is 272-138. The 41-year-old was also named the NBA's Coach of the Year in 2009 before being fired the following season when the Cavs decided to hire Byron Scott.

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Lakers Coaching Search: Rick Adelman, Brian Shaw, Chuck Person And Mike Dunleavy Mentioned As Candidates

The Los Angeles Lakers' head coaching position hasn't been open very long, but top candidates are already beginning to merge with in-house assistants Brian Shaw and Chuck Person along with Houston Rockets castoff Rick Adelman.

Shaw has long been rumored to be a candidate while Person -- a former NBA player who joined Phil Jackson's bench staff last season after previously being an assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings -- seems to have become a hot up-and-coming candidate for the upcoming offseason as SI.com's Sam Amick reports that he's also a candidate to fill the Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers head coaching vacancies.

Other possibilities included in a report from ESPN's Marc Stein on Thursday are current broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy and former Los Angeles Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy.

"We'd like to be deliberate," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in the SI story. "In Los Angeles, typically we hire coaches and they stick with us for a long time, and hopefully win championships. So we'll take our time in making a decision."

Among the candidates that apparently won't be deliberated about during the decision-making process, according to Amick, are former Lakers assistants Kurt Rambis (current head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves) and Byron Scott of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Lakers 'Very Interested' In Rick Adelman replacing Phil Jackson, According To Report

The Los Angeles Lakers probably have the most coveted head coaching position available in the NBA following Phil Jackson’s retirement last week, but ESPN’s Marc Stein already has sources that say L.A. is “very interested” in Rick Adelman.

Adelman, recently let go by the Houston Rockets despite having the eighth-most wins by an NBA head coach in his career, is intriguing to the Lakers due to his reputation for thriving with veteran teams and the similarities between Adelman’s corner offense and Jackson’s triangle offense, according to Stein.

It probably is also helpful that Adelman hasn’t had a losing year in the past 12 seasons he’s coached in the NBA, though he hasn’t led a team to the NBA Finals since the 1991-92 season with the Portland Trail Blazers. Adelman also has local ties as he was born in Lynwood, went to high school in Downey and went to college at Loyola Marymount.

According to the story, the decision for ultimately choosing the next Lakers head coach goes through Jim Buss, Jerry Buss and Mitch Kupchak — in that order — as ESPN’s J.A. Adande reported.

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