Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Whoever was going to take the legendary Phil Jackson's place as the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers was always going to have a big dry erase board to fill out. Still after seeking out old friends (Mike Dunleavey) and old foes (Rick Adelman) and even looking right at home (Brian Shaw) it appears the Lakers have found their suitor. The team will look to hire former Cleveland Cavalier and 2009 'Coach of the Year' Mike Brown to the STAPLES sidelines. The talented coach will look to make up to $4.5 million a season and would bring youth (41), success in Cleveland (272-138) and a knowledge of rival LeBron James (LeBron co-signs this move which Cleveland press are saying is a go) to this rebuilding contender. According to reports from the Los Angeles Times the Lake Show's executive vice president of player personnel, Jim Buss liked Brown for his strong defensive playbook. Still if Brown turns down the hardest dream job and shoes to fill in sports right now then Adelman and Shaw could still be in the mix. Still owner Jerry Buss told Sirius XM Radio that the Lakers where "very close" to getting a new coach. Now whoever it'll be out of this talented mix-sure it won't be the same without big Phil-the Lakers future looks in safe play-calling hands. TIM DAVID HARVEY.