Mike Brown Rumors
ESPN: The Lakers were a major disappointment that season, but the front office still wanted you back? Howard: “Yes, they did. I had a decent year. I put up good numbers. Mitch [Kupchak] wanted me to stay. Jeanie [Buss] wanted me to stay. But I didn’t think it was a good fit. When they fired Mike Brown (after five games), they asked me what coach I wanted. I said, ‘Phil [Jackson].’ They said, ‘Well, we don’t know about Phil.’ So they went out and got D’Antoni, and I’m thinking, ‘Well I guess what I say doesn’t matter.’ That was one thing. The other was when I got ejected from our last game. Kobe was out (with a torn Achilles) by then. As I walked out to the back to the locker room, Kobe was walking in. People turned that into some kind of statement from Kobe, like he was saying, ‘He may be gone, but I’m coming back.’ Kobe and I never fought. But I didn’t like hearing that I was running away from the ‘bright lights.’
Other names who could receive consideration for the Kings’ post but have not yet been scheduled for interviews, according to NBA coaching sources, include former Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek, current Miami Heat assistant David Fizdale, and former Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown.
Mike Brown was fired in 2010 when James was a free agent. Despite rampant speculation to the contrary, James did not play a direct role in the decision. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert wanted James’ influence, but he would not call Gilbert back so Gilbert guessed. Could he have stopped Brown being fired? Yes. But he was on his way out of the door.
“People get it so misconstrued because I’m a smart basketball player and I’ve voiced my opinion about certain things, which I did when I was here my first stint with Paul Silas and Mike Brown. Which I did in Miami with Coach Spo [Erik Spoelstra]. Which I did with Blatt and I’ll do with T-Lue. And at the end of the day, they’ll still have their final call.”
Mike Brown: The former NBA head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers is being mentioned by local and national media, but multiple sources have said Brown is not getting serious consideration.