There may be trouble brewing in “Lakers-Land” as Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant might not be very pleased with the way the team went about hiring new head coach Mike Brown. The “Los Angeles Times” reported on Thursday that Bryant had no comment on the hiring of the former Cleveland Cavaliers coach when contacted by the paper. The report states according to their sources Bryant was “confused by the decision.” Apparently the veteran is upset that he was not consulted before the team decided to hire Brown.
The former NBA MVP had made it known earlier in the season that he was in favor of Los Angeles promoting assistant coach Brian Shaw to replace Phil Jackson who retired after the team was swept in the second round of the Playoffs. The Lakers brain-trust decided to go with a coach with a proven track record and Brown had a successful run with the Cavaliers. Now the question becomes how will Bryant deal with the situation? Because in order for Los Angeles to remain an elite team in the Association Kobe needs to be on board and he and Brown need to be on the same page.
Mike Brown is a player’s coach and a true gentleman; he also has experience dealing with a high maintenance superstar having coached LeBron James in Cleveland for five years. At the very least that will prove to be a valuable background as he attempts to win over the Lakers guard. Unless the veteran decides to cop an attitude before he meets with Brown he should walk out of that initial meeting very pleased that Los Angeles chose to make Brown their next bench boss.
Nobody can replace Phil Jackson and Brown is smart enough not to try. However Brown was able to take the Cavaliers to their only appearance in the NBA Finals in 2007 and the team was in the Post Season all five years he coached the club. He realizes that defense wins Championships and will hammer that philosophy home with the Lakers. If Bryant buys into his game-plan; with some key moves during the summer the Lakers could be right back in the thick of it next season.