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Mike Brown in Negotiations to Become Next Lakers Coach

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: Like us on Facebook! Visit the official Mahalo page: According to ESPN and the LA Times, Mike Brown is poised to become the Los Angeles Lakers' 22nd coach in franchise history. After Phil Jackson retired in the wake of a decisive?May 11?interview with Lakers brass, Brown emerged as the leading candidate to replace him. The ESPEN analyst and 2008-09 NBA coach of the year made an impression with the organization based on his strong reputation as a defensive coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Brown guided Cleveland to the 2007 NBA Finals and two trips to the Eastern Conference finals, posting a record of 272-138.? While Lakers guard Kobe Bryant publicly endorsed longtime Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw's candidacy for the position, he also let it be known how important defense would be to the team's success, "If you're building a championship team, your DNA has to start with the defensive end of the floor... It has to be built on defense and rebounding."? While media reports on the length and value of Brown's contract varies, The LA Times reported the deal on the table was for three years, with a team option for a fourth, and would pay the coach around $4 million yearly.?The deal may be finalized as early as Wednesday afternoon. Creative Commons Images:
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