Lakers Pick New Coach
The Los Angeles Lakers have found the person who will replace coach Phil Jackson, who retired after the team’s season ended when it was swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Western Conference semifinals.
ESPN reported that the Lakers have chosen former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown as Jackson’s replacement. Brown is expected to sign a multi-year contract with the Lakers later this week. The Lakers declined to confirm the report, but released a statement saying the team has presented an offer to Brown. “We’ve met with Mike and are very impressed with him…We have an outline for an agreement in place and hope to sign a contract within the next few days,” the statement read.
Brown beat out two other frontrunners for the job—Rick Adelman and Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw, who was endorsed by Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, and Andrew Bynum, among other current members of the team. Fisher was among the first to express his approval of the coaching decision. “Will miss Phil but excited to start a new chapter under Mike Brown,” the veteran point guard tweeted late Wednesday.
Brown, 41, was the head coach during LeBron James’ time as the Cavs star. He led the Cavs to their first-ever NBA Finals in 2007, where they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs.