*Mike Brown had the privilege of coaching one NBA All-Star. Now he’s about to coach another. After coaching LeBron James, Brown, officially announced as the Los Angeles Lakers new head coach, will be coaching Kobe Bryant for the next several seasons.
Brown was formally introduced to the Los Angeles media for the first time and made quite a splash as team owner Dr. Jerry Buss looked on.
Brown, the 22nd head coach in franchise history and 18th in the Los Angeles era, spent last season as an NBA analyst for ESPN after previously serving as head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Hired by the Cavaliers in June of 2005, the 2008-09 NBA Coach of the Year posted a 272-138 regular season record over five seasons as well as a 42-29 postseason mark, ranking fifth in NBA history (minimum 400 games) with a .663 regular season win percentage and 10th in NBA history (minimum 25 games) with a .592 playoff win percentage.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Mike Brown to the Lakers,” said General Manager Mitch Kupchak. “What Mike brings to the table is unique in that he’s a proven winner in this league and yet also a rising star in his profession. After an extensive and thorough search to find the right person to help carry on our championship legacy, we feel that Mike is poised and ready to do so.”