LA Lakers Head Coach: Mike Brown
Michael (Mike) Brown is the new Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach for the 2011-2012 Season. Mike was born in Columbus, Ohio, but most of his childhood was spent overseas. He excelled in Football and Basketball whilst living in Germany. He graduated from Würzburg American High School in 1988, and then went on to study and play basketball at Mesa Community College for Two Years. Mike graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of San Diego; while he was there he played in Two Seasons with the Toreros.
Brown began his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets in 1992 as an Intern. He spent Five Seasons with the team, as a scout and video coordinator. In 1997 he became Assistant Coach to the Washington Wizards, in 2000 Assistant Coach to San Antonio Spurs, and in 2003 he moved on to the Assistant Coaching Position with the Indiana Pacers. In 2005 Brown became Head Coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers and was officially named Head Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers on May 31st 2011.
When his experience from on the court came to an end, he gained a new and unique perspective from the outside looking in, being able to see what does and doesn’t work on the court. That new found perspective on the game became one of his strengths, because he got to see what it’s like on both sides of the line, and some coaches didn’t have that opportunity. After Coaching under Gregg Popovich during his Spurs Career, Brown became known as a highly regarded defense specialist which is one of his strengths having turned the Cleveland Cavaliers into one of the top Defensive Teams in the NBA. Although Brown is a great Coach and Player he failed to ever capture an NBA title during his Head Coaching Career.
On June 2nd 2007 when Brown was with the Cavaliers, they defeated the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals, and then for the first time in the history of the Cavaliers Franchise they advanced to the NBA Finals in January of 2008 Brown was honored as Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for his work with the Cavaliers. Brown has accomplished a lot over his Coaching Career, although he never captured a win in an NBA Final, he lead the Cavaliers to a Team Record and League Best with 66 wins and 16 losses in 2009, and again with 61 Wins in 2010. Brown was honored as Coach of the Year in 2009 for that amazing accomplishment.
Mike Brown plans to lead his team to victory by implementing the same defensive strategy, by focusing more on “want, willpower, communication, help and trust,” and less on tactics and strategies. As Brown has proved before with the Record wins with the Cavaliers, that Defense wins games. In regards for his plays to Offense, Brown hopes to implement “strong- corner” which has ‘four guys along the perimeter, and one of the bigs in the low post’ if they manage to get the ball down the floor quick enough.
Brown knows how to pull out a win; his stats precede him as an Assistant Coach his captured 341 Wins to 201 Losses, and for Head Coach he had 272 Wins to 138 Losses. Brown is ready to take them all the way to the top with his first NBA Title. Brown knows how to work with what he’s got, and with his new position, he is ready to turn the team around and capture his 1st NBA title.