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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.