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Lakers Very Close to Hiring Mike Brown as Their New Coach


POSTED: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:10pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 5:35pm

Though not official, multiple reports have the Los Angeles Lakers selecting Mike Brown as their 22nd Head Coach in team history.  The 2009 NBA Coach of the Year guided Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA finals in 2007, a series loss to San Antonio, before being fired in 2010 by Cleveland. 

The following statement has been issued by the Lakers:

“In response to rampant speculation and reports about our head coaching position and Mike Brown, we’ve met with Mike and are very impressed with him. In addition, we have an outline for an agreement in place and hope to sign a contract within the next few days.”

The Lakers will likely announce Brown as the 22nd coach in franchise history later this week.  The 41-year-old Brown is the winningest coach in Cavaliers history, posting a record of 272-138.  Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss addressed the issue of the team's offense moving forward in an interview with SiriusXM Radio on Tuesday.

"We're not going to continue exclusively with the triangle," Buss told Playboy Radio's Michael Eaves and Bonnie-Jill Laflin. "Certainly, there will be facets of the triangle incorporated into any modern offense."

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