MIKE BROWN'S RESUME AND UPSIDE IMPRESSIVEBy Arash Markazi
I know Mike Brown isn't the name Lakers fans wanted to hear when the team finally decided on a replacement for Phil Jackson but to be honest with you, there wasn't really a name I heard outside of his that had a better resume than Brown over the past six years.
Brian Shaw? He's never been a head coach before. Rick Adelman? He's never won a championship, has missed the playoffs the last two years and hasn't been to the NBA Finals since 1992. Mike Dunleavy? Another fired coached who has never won a title, has only made the postseason once since 2001 and hasn't made it to the NBA Finals since 1991.
The last two seasons Brown was a head coach in 2008-09 and 2009-10 his teams won more than 60 games each season, finishing with the best record in the NBA. He was named the NBA Coach of the Year in 2008-09 and his teams have advanced to at least the semifinals of the playoffs in each of his five seasons as a head coach, reaching the NBA Finals in 2007. His 42-29 record in the playoffs is comparable to Gregg Popovich (37-28) and Jackson (50-29) over the same time period, sans the championships, of course.
No one the Lakers were going to hire was going to come in with anywhere near the resume of Phil Jackson but in Brown they hired the coach with the best recent resume and at 41 years old, the best upside.
A GOOD COACH, BUT AN IMPRACTICAL FIT FOR LAKERSBy Andy Kamenetzky
Land O' Lakers
It's not that Brown is a terrible coach, and the more I've talked with people who covered him in Cleveland, the more reassured I am about certain credentials. However, I'm still not convinced he's the best hire, and I definitely don't think he's the most practical.
Brown strikes me as a major sea change, which equals a fair amount of adjustment for everyone involved. For a team trying to squeeze as much as possible out of a limited window of excellence built around Kobe Bryant, I don't know if the Lakers have the luxury of potentially burning a season in "Get to know you" mode. I think Brian Shaw or even Rick Adelman (whose system is pretty similar to the triangle) would have made for a smoother transition, which is key for a team fighting the clock.
Obviously, the Heat are in a position to potentially disprove my thoughts on the importance of continuity. But even if they do win, the core is younger, less set in their ways, and still the exception to the rule. Brown obviously doesn't make winning a title next season impossible, but I do wonder if he adds a hurdle, regardless of whatever positives he might bring to the table.