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For all we know, everyone on the Los Angeles Lakers roster is behind Mike Brown 100 percent and have no doubt he will lead them back to the NBA Finals.
But somehow, that seems a little far fetched.
How well Brown and the players on the roster mesh will go a long way in determining if the Lakers have a good season or an underwhelming one.
Any coach would be in a precarious position replacing Phil Jackson, but Mike Brown has a few glaring disadvantages.
For starters, it’s tougher for coaches who have never played in the league to earn their team’s respect. Also, his postseason resume isn’t a thing of beauty either. After all, he was the guy the Cleveland Cavaliers tried to blame for the team’s postseason shortcomings in hopes of keeping LeBron James in town.
Can the Lakers make it back to the NBA Finals with Mike Brown as coach? Maybe. But the first step will be the team looking past the fact Jackson isn’t coming back and reaching a mutual respect with their new coach.