Mike Brown excited about new season

September, 19, 2012
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By ESPN Los Angeles
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The Los Angeles Lakers used the offseason to overhaul their roster, but for coach Mike Brown little has changed in his mindset.

"Last year I expected us to compete for a championship and obviously we fell short," Brown said Wednesday on the Mason & Ireland Show. "For me nothing has changed. We're going into this season with the same goal in mind."

With the additions of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, the Lakers certainly figure to be part of the championship picture. Brown had plenty of good things to say about what Howard brings to the team.

"His athleticism, combined with his power and strength, and his quickness, and energy is phenomenal," Brown said. "I mean defensively here's a guy, that in my opinion, is one of the best pick-and-roll big defenders in the game, to ever play the game. He's one of the best paint protectors to every play the game. You know, just knowing that he's down and around the basket is a deterrent."

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Brown also said he was pleased to have added veteran coaches Bernie Bickerstaff and Eddie Jordan to his staff.

"Speaking of Bernie, he's a veteran guy that's been through a lot of experiences whether it's on the gym side or head coaching side, he's been an assistant coach for awhile and i just thought the knowledge and the presence that he can bring to the table for myself, my team and the rest of our coaching staff is much welcomed and needed, especially when you have a group of players like this." Brown said.

On Jordan, Brown said: "The stuff Eddie Jordan ran in Washington and New Jersey was some of the toughest stuff to guard. So, I wanted to implement some of that stuff with what we did last year and came to the conclusion that this could work, he can help out and that’s why I hired him."

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