Lakers Turn to Mike Brown as Jackson’s Successor, ESPN Says

Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown has agreed in principle to join the Los Angeles Lakers and succeed Phil Jackson, ESPN reported.

Brown, 41, agreed to a four-year contract with the Lakers worth $18.25 million, ESPN said, citing unidentified National Basketball Association sources. Brown was fired by the Cavaliers on May 24, 2010, and this season worked for ESPN as an NBA analyst.

Brown had a 272-138 record in five seasons as coach of a Cavaliers team built around LeBron James. He guided Cleveland to the 2007 NBA finals and won the NBA’s Coach of the Year award after the 2008-09 season.

Brown would be the Lakers’ 22nd coach. The franchise ranks second in NBA history to Boston with 16 championships and has missed the playoffs five times in 63 years. In Jackson’s 11 seasons, the Lakers had a 610-292 record and never missed the postseason.

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