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November 10, 2012 | By Barry Stavro
May 25, 2011: Lakers agree to hire former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown. The decision to hire Brown to replace Phil Jackson was made mostly by Jim Buss, son of team owner Jerry Buss. Brown posted a 272-138 record in five seasons with the Cavaliers and LeBron James, but he failed to win a championship and was fired after the 2010 season. Other finalists for the Lakers coaching job were longtime assistant coach Brian Shaw and veteran NBA coach Rick Adelman. May 31, 2011: "We are not going to run the triangle offense," Brown said at his introductory news conference, referring to Jackson's offensive scheme.
April 24, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Will D'Antoni be back to coach the Lakers? The franchise has yet to announce the future of Coach Mike D'Antoni, but assistant Dan D'Antoni may be moving on to coach at Marshall University. Mike had been linked to his alma mater but on Thursday, Mike Hamrick, athletic director at Marshall, tweeted Dan will be the Thundering Herd's next coach. I am proud to announce that Dan D'Antoni will be the next head basketball coach at Marshall University. #THEHERD - Mike Hamrick (@TheHerdAD)
March 29, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Instead of lamenting the constant questions surrounding the separate benchings for Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum, Lakers Coach Mike Brown laughed at it. After a reporter jokingly asked if he would get benched, Brown revealed how basketball operations assistant Kyle Triggs informed him after morning shootaround that someone created a fake Twitter account in his name. The handle, LakersMikeBrown , has since been shut down. But it apparently sent out this tweet: "I would bench Barack O'Bama, the Dali Llama and Jesus.
April 14, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SALT LAKE CITY  - Mitch Kupchak paused for several seconds. It wasn't an easy question to answer. What will be Mike D'Antoni's fate? Finally, the Lakers' general manager spoke briefly about the Lakers' coach. "I'm not going to discuss Mike other than to say there is no timetable for any type of decision. So there's really nothing to share," Kupchak told The Times. It represented a departure from his comments last month that D'Antoni was "doing a great job under the circumstances.
April 23, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Former Lakers coach Mike Brown is expected to be the next coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to multiple reports. Brown took over for Phil Jackson in 2011, managing the Lakers through the lockout-shortened season. After starting the 2012-13 campaign 1-4, Brown was discharged by the team, which eventually replaced him with   Mike D'Antoni (after a  brief  flirtation with Jackson). The Cavaliers fired Byron Scott on Thursday after the team's 24-58 season. Brown previously coached the Cavs from 2005 to 2010, making an NBA Finals appearance in 2007 with LeBron James.
November 10, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers let go of Coach Mike Brown on Friday, stunning the players who were informed by General Manager Mitch Kupchak at what was supposed to be the team's standard game-day shoot-around. "I mean, it was just shocking to me," said forward Jordan Hill.  "I've never experienced anything like that.  I pulled into practice, and I saw coach.  We walked in together.  It was just a normal day. " "Then 20 minutes later we got the news," continued Hill.  "It was definitely unexpected.
May 19, 2012 | By Mark Medina
There's many versions of the Kobe face. Bryant clenches his jaw after making a key basket. He profusively chews on his jersey during competitive moments. He glares both at opponents and officials after getting fouled, particularly if it's not called. And apparently, Bryant has looked at Lakers Coach Mike Brown increduously when he suggested switching offensive sets to free him up from harder defensive assignments. It seems that happens a lot because Brown nailed down Bryant's "child face" please expression in the video above.
February 13, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Former Lakers coach Mike Brown said Dwight Howard isn't close to his former self. "He's definitely not 100%. He still has a ways to go until he's able to be the old Dwight," said Mike Brown on ESPN Radio's " The Herd With Colin Cowherd . " Howard underwent back surgery in April but rushed back to start the season on time. The Lakers center has been open about how difficult it has been to play this year. "At this point where he is in his recovery, he's better than most centers to ever play the game anyway," Brown said.
March 23, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Coach Mike Brown doesn't plan to use rookie guard Andrew Goudelock in the regular rotation much anymore. He appeared only in garbage time in the Lakers' 109-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday and didn't play in the Lakers' loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. Brown said the reason has less to do with Ramon Sessions' arrival to the Lakers' backcourt and more to do with the postseason awaiting in a little more than a month. "We're shrinking it a little bit," Brown said of his rotation.  Because of that, Brown in recent games has paired Sessions with multiple guards, including Kobe Bryant and Steve Blake.
November 9, 2012 | Times staff reports
The Lakers made an uncharacteristically quick move Friday, firing coach Mike Brown five games into the season. Times NBA editor Barry Stavro and sportswriter Lisa Dillman joined Sports Editor Mike James for a chat to fill in some of the blanks around this surprising development. Kobe Bryant has said he felt bad for the coach and had backed him during their early-season struggles. The Lakers lost all eight preseason games, then lost four of  five games to open the regular season.
February 1, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Picking himself up Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey , on his most controversial draft selection: "I take some sort of pride in that you could argue that Royce White is the worst first-round pick ever. He's the only one that never played a minute in the NBA that wasn't just a foreign guy staying in Europe. It just shows that we swing for the fence. " Here to stay? Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving , on rumors he had been telling people he wants to leave his team: "It's not about me and it's not about this controversy - 'Do I privately want out when my contract is up?
January 13, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Here's one thing Mike Brown doesn't miss about being the Lakers' coach: the commute. It was 43 miles from his home in Anaheim Hills to the team's practice facility in El Segundo. Driving time varied greatly depending on traffic and whether basketball operations assistant Kyle Triggs came along, allowing them to use the carpool lane. "Literally, I could get stuck, especially going home sometimes without having him in the car with me and it would take me two, 21/2 hours," Brown, now coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, recalled Monday afternoon.
November 8, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Charlotte Bobcats Coach Steve Clifford, a former Lakers assistant, was hospitalized on Thursday night, according to a statement from the Bobcats' president of basketball operations, Rod Higgins. Clifford "went to the hospital last night after not feeling well," Higgins said. Details of his condition weren't clear. Clifford was hired by then-Lakers coach Mike Brown last off-season and he remained as an assistant to Coach Mike D'Antoni when Brown was let go after the team's 1-4 start.
October 28, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
PLAYOFF-BOUND 1. Miami 2012-13 finish: 66-16. Coming: Michael Beasley, Greg Oden. Going: Mike Miller, Juwan Howard. The Heat propped up its three-peat hopes with two balky knees and a whiff of controversy. Oden has already encountered knee swelling in his bid to play for the first time since 2009, enshrouding his return in further doubt. 2. Indiana 2012-13 finish: 49-32. Coming: Luis Scola, Chris Copeland, C.J. Watson, Solomon Hill.
August 15, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The transition from Mike Brown to Mike D'Antoni as coach early last season was an awkward time for the Lakers. "Clumsy is not a bad characterization," General Manager Mitch Kupchak said Thursday to Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio . The Lakers fired Brown only five games into the season. After an interview with Phil Jackson, the team chose to go with D'Antoni. Kupchak informed Jackson late on Sunday, Nov. 11, by telephone, apparently waking the coach to deliver the news. "There was really no other way to get around it. In this business you don't make announcements until you have signed contracts," Kupchak said.
August 10, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Recently hired as an assistant to Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni, Johnny Davis hopes to help the Lakers become more of a bonded unit. "The key is that we really and truly and sincerely have to be a team," said Davis said to Mike Trudell of on Thursday.  "Not just a collective of guys wearing the same color uniform, but truly a team so when you are practicing or doing anything, you don't want to let your teammate down. " Davis, who recently served as an assistant with the Toronto Raptors, was added to the Lakers staff in late July.  Davis also has head coaching experience with the Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers.  He also won an NBA title in 1977 as a point guard with the Portland Trail Blazers.
April 23, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Former Lakers head coach Mike Brown and his wife, Carolyn, have listed their house in a gated Anaheim Hills community for $3.75 million. The Mediterranean-style house, built in 1990 and later remodeled, features decorative leaded-glass doors, a wood-paneled library/office, a sports bar, a built-in aquarium and 9,503 square feet of living space. There are six bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms. The nearly three-quarters-of-an-acre site includes a tennis/basketball court and a saltwater pool with a rock waterfall and a water slide.
April 1, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Time after time, Kobe Bryant's shot fell short of the basket. But that hardly phased Lakers Coach Mike Brown. He believed, at some point, that Bryant's shots would eventually fall. They usually do. Yes, it proved to be a tough balancing act in the Lakers' 88-85 victory Saturday over the New Orleans Hornets. Bryant hit what proved to be the game-winning shot  -- a 26 foot three-pointer with 21 seconds left -- but he didn't make his first shot of the game until his 16th attempt.
August 2, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kurt Rambis has been a part of the Lakers organization for longer than he can remember. "It's been quite a few years," said Rambis to The Times in a phone interview on Thursday. Now he's back on the bench, as an assistant to Coach Mike D'Antoni. "Mike asked me if I wanted to do it.  I said absolutely," said Rambis. "I didn't say I'll get back to you in a few days.  I said absolutely, I'd love to do it. " Dating to his days as power forward for the Lakers during the "Showtime" era, Rambis has spent about 22 years with the franchise, in one capacity or another (head coach, assistant coach and front office)
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