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Lakers cut clear path to future

By hiring Brown, it's clear Jim Buss and team are moving away from the Jackson era

Updated: May 25, 2011, 9:39 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

It has been two weeks since Phil Jackson walked out the door for the final time as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

It suddenly feels like two years.

In the time it took for Jackson to pack his things and go, the Lakers have begun a full-scale renovation that will eventually prove to be prescient and wise, or rash and immature.

There is no middle ground anymore. There will be no gradual transition from the Jackson era.

There can be no mistaking the message behind the ...

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