Los Angeles Lakers: Introductory Press Conference

Mike Brown press conference video: Part II

May, 31, 2011
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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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Mike Brown introduced as Lakers coach: Press conference video

May, 31, 2011
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
Tuesday afternoon in El Segundo, the Lakers officially introduced Mike Brown as their new head coach. First impressions: He seems like an intensely hard working, highly prepared, and genuinely good guy. (He's also a joy to transcribe, in contrast to Phil Jackson, which while perhaps insignificant to you is a major joy for me.)

All of this we knew coming in, of course, and how any of it translates into success or failure whenever next season rolls around is obviously an open question. Certainly Brown showed confidence in his ability, sticking up for his record in Cleveland while acknowledging how much the experience taught him. He is, Brown said, a better coach now. All told given the generally negative context surrounding the hire, I think Brown acquitted himself well, particularly as the Q and A went along.

Below is some of the video from his press conference. There's heaps of it, so be sure to check back for updates.

Opening Statement:

Brown on:

1. The players with whom he's communicated.
2. Differences between himself and Phil Jackson.
3. What he wants to do offensively. "A lot of what I'm going to take offensively will stem from the time I was in San Antonio. I was in San Antonio for three years, part of a championship team in 2003, and we had two big, skilled seven footers in Tim Duncan and David Robinson. We'll do something similar to what they did, with a little sprinkle of the triangle offense, and a little sprinkle of what I want to bring to the table, also. We'll kind of combine it. I think you have to tailor your offense to your personnel. You can't take your offense from team to team to team. Whereas defensively i think it's the opposite. I think you can take your defense from team to team, as long as you have effort and want from your group of guys."
4. On where he stands in the process of hiring a staff.
5. On establishing "his" culture for the Lakers.
6. On the potential for a work stoppage.

Again, be sure to check back for additional video from the day's events.



Kobe Bryant
24.6 4.9 1.4 35.4
ReboundsJ. Hill 8.3
AssistsK. Bryant 4.9
StealsR. Price 1.4
BlocksE. Davis 1.2