Persistent struggles on the defensive end of the floor have brought about an unprecedented change in Lakers leadership. Mike Brown, yes that Mike Brown, will be rejoining the Lakers. as a defensive specialist.
Mike D’Antoni will stay on as the head coach. But in a story first reported by The Times, Mitch Kupchak asked Mike Brown late last week if he would return to the coaching staff as a defensive specialist.
Brown, despite the abuse he took from fans, players, and especially Kupchak, in his typically good natured manner took the high road and accepted the role of defensive specialist and possible savior of this troubled season.
Mike Brown is certainly the highest paid coach in the league for any similar role because keep in mind that he is still being paid the remaining $11 million owed to him by the Lakers. Mike Brown’s stock has never been higher though. He accepted the uncommon second chance, even if short lived, to be a hero for the Lakers organization.
You would assume this type of radical change had to be run by the head coach. But there has been no official word from the Lakers front office or head coach. Not to mention no word from the man whose team it is, Kobe Bryant, nor the man who ran Brown out of town, Dwight Howard.
This type of move has Jim Buss written all over it. He can’t make up his mind for the direction of the franchise, as long as it is not his father’s or Phil Jackson‘s way.
But there’s really only one way to describe this decision…
APRIL FOOLS from LA Sports Hub.