Report: LA Lakers offer coaching job to Mike Brown

The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly have put together a deal to hire Mike Brown, the former coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, to replace Phil Jackson.

The deal would be for three years at $4 million-$4.5 million a season, according to the Los Angeles Times. Other candidates for the job were Rick Adelman, the former Houston Rockets coach, and Lakers assistant Brian Shaw.

In a radio interview Tuesday, Lakers owner Jerry Buss said the team was “very close” to making a hire.

Brown was 272-138 in five seasons with the Cavs, who fired him last year.

Immediate reaction from Lakers fans was negative. Over 68 percent of users in a Los Angeles Times poll chose “no” when asked if Brown would be a good choice for Lakers coach.

There’s no word on whether or how often Kobe Bryant might have voted. Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick quotes a source close to Bryant saying he was “surprised” by the report and that he was not part of the decision-making process. Still, as Amick writes, Brown seems to fit the description of the kind of coach Bryant was hoping for earlier this month.

“If you're building a championship team, your DNA always has to start with the defensive end of the floor,” Bryant said on May 11. “Always. I'm a firm believer in that. I don't believe in building a championship team on offense. It has to be built on defense and rebounding. Period.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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