Replacing a legend is never easy, but this season thus far has been somewhat of a success for Lakers head coach Mike Brown.
The coach has managed to keep the Lakers competitive, and more importantly he has developed Andrew Bynum into a possible great player or one piece of spectacular trade bait. Either way, Brown has gotten more out of Bynum than Jackson ever did and that’s a testament to the former Cleveland Cavaliers coach's ability.
The Lakers have managed to play tremendous defense throughout most of the season and have avoided looking, shall we say, “Golden Girlish.” Coming off the heels of being swept out of the playoffs, few knew what to expect out of the squad, and the results so far have been welcomed. But, this is not to say that Brown does not have his work cut out for him.
The head honcho must win at least one playoff series to be taken seriously next season, and the Lakers must advance much further if he is to be considered a championship coach. In order to get to that level, Brown most “outcoach” some of the game’s best, and right now the San Antonio Spurs' head man Gregg Popovich leads the pack.
Here are three ways Brown can announce his coaching presence with authority against the San Antonio boss.