Much has been discussed about the Lakers hiring former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown.
After losing the greatest coach of all time in Phil Jackson to retirement, they could face some adjustment issues with Brown.
For starters, replacing the Zen Master with the 2009 Coach of the Year is a gigantic downgrade. Brown has been an overrated coach since he was elevated from an assistant position six years ago, in my opinion. He was able to win games in Cleveland because of the chemistry he had with the team. They liked playing for him and were successful because of their unity, not necessarily because of his pure coaching skills.
Now he joins a fresh group of faces and has to gain trust and familiarity all over again. He's in a city and environment that couldn't be more opposite from Cleveland around the Cavs organization, not to mention he's now in the tougher Western Conference.
It has been largely speculated that LeBron James often didn't listen to Brown and didn't see him as a higher authority during their five seasons together.
Kobe Bryant is cut from the same cloth of giant figures in basketball with a noticeable ego as LeBron.
I wouldn't bank on Kobe having 100 percent respect for Brown at all times. If they ever have a conflict of interest, I can't see him giving into his new coach's ways without unease.
It doesn't help that he did not initially agree with the hire, and it could be foretelling that he was in no rush to talk to him after the hire was made.
Brown's youth could be a disadvantage to him successfully gelling with Kobe. The two were born in the same decade.