Los Angeles Lakers Hire Mike Brown as Head Coach: What Are They Thinking?

The Lakers appear very close to hiring a new head coach and ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported on Tuesday night that Mike Brown will most likely be their guy.

To add a second witness to the story, CSN Bay Area's Matt Steinmetz has reported that Brown will indeed be the Lakers' new head coach.

At first glance, this may sound like a decent move. Brown seems like a nice enough guy and he had an impressive record while coaching in Cleveland.

During his five years as head coach of the Cavaliers, Brown was 272-138. He reached the second round of the playoffs every season and was named Coach of the Year for the 2008-09 season.

His resume may look good, but let’s not forget who his star player was during that five-year run—LeBron James.

Despite coaching the 2009 and 2010 MVP, Brown never led his team to a championship. Many felt that Brown’s success was a direct result of coaching LeBron and had little to do with Brown’s coaching ability.

In fact, following the 2009-10 season, Brown was fired with the intent that a new coach might convince LeBron to stay in Cleveland.

To give Brown a little credit, he has a reputation of being a very good defensive coach. His Cleveland teams consistently ranked among the best defensive teams in the NBA and Brown had to have played a major role in that.

But let’s not forget that Brown is still relatively inexperienced. He may have been able to get Cleveland’s quick and athletic players to fit into his defensive system, but will he be able to get a veteran team to buy in?

While his ability to coach defense is not a concern for most, many have expressed that he has never been able to coach the other side of the court. While his Cleveland teams played good defense, they were atrocious on offense.

Anyone who watched the Cavaliers’ offense at the end of a game knows the routine.

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