March 25, 2012 |
The Lakers appear much more at ease with their offense after acquiring guard Ramon Sessions in a trade with Cleveland. He's addressed their backcourt needs and given their lineup some youth. And in the last five games since his arrival, the Lakers have improved in several offensive categories from their regular-season averages, including points (95.88, 102.4), field-goal percentage (45.7%, 48.5%) and assists (21.69, 24.2). A little more than a month ago, the Lakers appeared so desperate for anything that would solve their backcourt struggles, they brought in Gilbert Arenas for a private workout.
May 8, 2012 |
The text message popped into Mike Brown's phone, leaving him laughing at the absurdity of it all. One of his son's friends alerted the Lakers coach about his favorite player's whereabouts on the late-night talk-show circuit. "Metta's on Conan!," Brown said, recalling the text message. "He was hilarious. " Brown had to take his son's friend on his word - he didn't bother watching World Peace's appearance Monday night on the Conan O'Brien's TBS show. Brown was too busy attending a school event where Santa Ana Mater Dei's girls and boys basketball teams were honored for winning state championships.
November 10, 2012 |
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.
March 29, 2012 |
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 23, 2013 |
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 |
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.