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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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March 25, 2012
Considering how jumbled the NBA season became, Lakers Coach Mike Brown hardly paid attention to the standings. He worried more about how quickly his players would learn the playbook, how well they'd handle a lockout-condensed schedule and how a fluctuating roster would affect team chemistry. But with the Lakers a month from the star of the NBA playoffs, Brown has paid attention to the standings and acknowledged "there's starting to be some separation. " Entering their game Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center, the Lakers (30-18)
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May 25, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Even as he faced a steep mountain, Mike Brown kept climbing. Even as the doubts lingered, Brown kept grinding. Even as the Lakers' personnel kept changing, Brown simply kept coaching. That doesn't necessarily warrant a high grade given the outcome. After the Lakers lost in five games to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference semifinals, Brown remained his most vocal critic on how he performed in his first year as the Lakers' head coach. "I feel like I could've done a lot better," he said in his final news conference this week.
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March 11, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Lakers Coach Mike Brown and Celtics Coach Doc Rivers face many of the same challenges this season. Both are dealing with an aging veteran roster. Both are coaching a team that faces uncertainty whether their core lineup will be broken up before the March 15 trade deadline. Neither team is hardly dominating their respective conferences. The Lakers (24-16) are fourth in the Western Conference, while Boston (21-18) reamains seventh in the East. But here's one difference: Rivers says he can't fathom having to handle what Brown's been dealt.
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February 28, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the sixth post in a series awarding midseason grades to some of the Lakers . Coach: Mike Brown Good: His work ethic, enthusiasm and positive demeanor helped him overcome a few hurdles. It won him favor with Kobe Bryant. It convinced a veteran-laden team to buy into his grinding mentality. It helped him handle some rough patches in a positive manner, such as a depleted roster and Metta World Peace's frustrations with a bench role. The other main ingredient involves the Lakers' defense.
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May 23, 2012 | By Mark Medina
In one instance, Metta World Peace defended Mike Brown's coaching job after the Lakers lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games in the Western Conference semifinals. In another, he quickly poked fun at Brown. "It was a drastic change. It was big getting used to, but at the same time we should still be up 3-2," World Peace said. "Mike wasn't out there guarding Kevin [Durant]. That was me. Kevin scored on me. Mike didn't throw turnovers at the end of the game.  Mike didn't miss three-point shots.
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March 25, 2012 | By Mark Medina
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 Lakers.com 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.
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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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July 12, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
LAS VEGAS - Mike Brown needs another nickname. "All Day Every Day" doesn't fully account for the hours the Cleveland Cavaliers coach is working in his new job with his old team. "I come to the gym at 2 or 3 in the morning and he's still there," guard Dion Waiters said Friday. The coach who was famous for putting the Lakers through lengthy practices, shoot-arounds and walk-throughs better hope Ohio's labor laws don't forbid the kind of schedule he's unfurled for the Cavaliers in recent days.
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March 25, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The sold-out Staples Center crowd shouted Kobe Bryant's name. This time, however, the chants had nothing to do with Bryant hitting a game-winner, performing a spectacular play or recognizing him as the league MVP while at the free-throw line. It had everything to do with the 18,997 fans wanting Coach Mike Brown to play him late in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' eventual 102-96 loss Sunday to the Memphis Grizzlies. Yet, there Bryant sat on the bench with 5:45 remaining in the game, shortly after the Lakers' star punched the bench in frustration during a timeout and then leaving the Lakers' huddle while coaches were diagramming a play.
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April 30, 2012 | By Mark Medina
If at first you don't succeed, try again. The Nuggets threw a dizzying array of double teams at the Lakers' Andrew Bynum, but he just punished them in their 103-88 Game 1 victory Sunday over Denver with his own block party. Denver Coach George Karl felt the literal and figurative rejection, causing him to try plan B. Work the officials. "He was playing nice illegal defense," Karl told reporters, including the Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman . "He was zoned up good.
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July 9, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Steve Nash gave Coach Mike D'Antoni a vote of confidence on Tuesday, despite acknowledging last season was "a disaster. " "I think he's a very bright coach.  He's not without flaws but none of us are," said Nash on the "Mason & Ireland Show" on ESPN L.A. (710 ) on Tuesday.  "We should all be judged by the fans.  It's their team.  I think we've got a lot to prove -- Mike, myself and all the guys on the team this year because last year was, to me, a disaster in a lot of ways.
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