Mike Brown press conference video: Part II

May, 31, 2011
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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More from a busy day in El Segundo, which included Mike Brown's introduction to the L.A. media and fans, as well as news Matt Barnes will exercise his player option and stay with the Lakers next season.

If you missed the first chunk of video from today's press conference, click here. If you didn't, it's just like picking up a book after dog-earing the page.

Brown On:

1. Thoughts on roster needs.
2. On the possibility of adding Ettore Messina to his staff.
3. What he thought when he was named head coach of the team. "I have great admiration for the foundation, tradition, and the success that the Lakers have."
4. Similarities and differences between LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. Wisely, he deflects the question.
5. His thoughts on the less-than-enthusiastic reception to the news of his hiring, then continuing to how he believes he got along with LeBron. "I felt like my time with LeBron was very productive. We did a lot of great things together for the city, and the organization in Cleveland. I don't know why or how people would think differently... It wasn't quite what the story was told, like most things."
6. On his expectations. "We don't play for second, here."
7. The importance of defense. "I have three staples on that end of the floor... First, I want to shrink the floor. We don't want anything easy to happen in that paint. The second thing, we're not giving up middle drives. If the ball gets to the middle of the floor, there are too many outlets... The third thing is, you give multiple effort [to help, then help again], and you finish with a contest."
8. Why he thinks principles of what was done offensively in San Antonio while an assistant there would work in Los Angeles.
9. Kobe's role. "It's still his team... We'll make sure that we'll have the ball in the sweet spots he likes to have them in. A lot of this stuff I already went over with Kobe, so he has a great understanding of my vision, and he's on board."
10. The process of getting guys to buy in, and the options available to him. One thing to look for: More timeouts. "I need to teach. I'm a new coach, new team, new system, so I may burn a timeout just to teach... I think the best way to get people to buy in is to be honest with them."



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Brown on:

1. What he did during his year off. Brown talks about ways in which he tried to improve himself as a coach, and how he coached his son's eighth grade football team in a capacity you might not expect.
2. The importance of giving ownership to players. "For me, yes I have a way, but I'm going to give these guys ownership, so that they feel like they're a part of the process. But at the end of the day they will understand that yes, I'm the head coach, and I have to make the final decision on whatever we're going to do. I'm ok with that."
3. Why he feels his Cavs fell short, despite racking up heavy win totals during the regular season multiple times.
4. What he thinks went wrong for the Lakers last year. He didn't want to be specific "and do like I did when I was at ESPN, I'm not going to do that." The problems, though, can be fixed. "Everything is correctable, if you have the determination and the will and the want, everything's correctable in life."

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Kobe Bryant
PTS AST STL MIN
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OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Hill 8.3
AssistsK. Bryant 5.0
StealsK. Bryant 1.4
BlocksE. Davis 1.2