Mike Brown: Is New Lakers Coach Brown Set Up to Fail in LA?

The Los Angeles Lakers have made it official: They are hiring Mike Brown as the new head coach of their basketball team.

The former Cleveland Cavalier coach has been working for ESPN as an analyst this year and is ready to get back into the game.

In 2009, Brown won the NBA Coach of the Year award for his work with the Cavaliers and LeBron James.

The hiring doesn't come without scrutiny, though, and many have always said that Brown simply went along for the ride on the LeBron bus in Cleveland.

From the Lakers' point of view, the signing makes sense for a few reasons.

One, Brown is a cheaper option than the other coaches still on the market and one of the Lakers' main goals was to lower coaching salary to under $5 million a year, and they did.

Two, the Lakers wanted a defensive-minded coach and that is exactly what Brown is.

Three, he has postseason experience during the LeBron run in Cleveland despite never winning a title.

The Lakers and Brown, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard, agreed to a 4-year, $18.25 million deal with the fourth year as a team option with a $2.5 million fee.

In terms of numbers it is a pretty good deal overall for the Lakers.

Whether you believe he is the best coach or not for the job is irrelevant at this point because he now has the job.

The question now is: Will he succeed?

The Lakers are old and have only one key player under the age of 30.

That one player, Andrew Bynum, is just as likely to be sitting on the bench in street clothes as he is to be out on the court.

Kobe Bryant is still playing at a high level, but as we saw this year, his body cannot keep doing it all alone.

And rumors were already circulating that Kobe wasn't happy about not being included in the decision to hire Brown, although Broussard also tweeted, "Kobe on board with hiring of Brown, has great respe...

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