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WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?

Last year Mike Brown lost his job as a head coach. He was tossed away like a kid throws away the crust of the bread on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Coaching vacancies were filled and Brown’s name wasn’t called. He was the kid who didn’t get pick to play ( the kid theme is coincidental). Now after a year away from the game and the departure of the NBA’s most accomplished head coach, Brown has been summoned to coach the NBA’s signature franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers.

Sidenote: For those of you who are thinking what about the Celtics..The Lakers have won more rings in the modern NBA era (80s and 90s).

Anyway, some fans and analysts think Brown to the Lakers is not a good move and they couldn’t be more wrong.

Here are a few reasons why..

1. They’re the Lakers:Mike Brown is going to a team that is loaded with talent and has already won two NBA championships together. The Lakers may have lost to the Dallas Mavericks this year, but they have played 100 plus games for the last three seasons. Not only do they get to rest, but they also get to have the “chip on their shoulder” driving them back to the finals. And Mike brown, who also has a few Lays on his shoulder, will drive that point home.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach, Mike Brown, will become the next head coach of the LA Lakers.

2. DE-fense: Everyone knows that Mike Brown’s specialty is defense. He was an assistant coach under Greg Poppavich — coincidentally the only other Western Conference coach to win a title during the 2000 era — and while he coached the Cavs he had his team in the top ten defensively every year. People criticized Brown for being too defensive minded and not knowing how to coach offense, but that’s where point number one comes into play.

3. He’s a winner: This is where many will disagree, but it’s the truth. 272 wins in his career, 42 playoff wins, two trips to the Eastern Conference finals and one finals appearance. He won coach of the year during the 08-09 season when his team had 66 wins. Of course people will say “Well he didn’t win a ring”, but that isn’t the only way to measure a coach’s success. Taking the Cavaliers to NBA finals with only one superstar and beating the Detroit Pistons to get there was an amazing accomplishment. Losing to the Spurs doesn’t mean he isn’t a good coach, it just means he got out-coached by his mentor.

Brown has done more with less in his career. He should have taken his team to two or three finals appearances, especially in the 08-09 season, however he still has time to prove to the league that he is a good coach. Remember nobody thought Doc Rivers was a good coach until he won with the Celtics. Brown is in a similar position to prove his doubters wrong and by the end of the 2012 season he could be LA’s golden boy.

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CP3 to NYC?

Chris Paul to The Empire State?

Don’t hold your breath Knicks fans.

If New Yorkers have learned one thing this summer it’s, “don’t believe it until they sign it” (see LeBron and Joe Johnson).

But, the Chris Paul situation is an interesting one. The all-star point guard has stated that he no longer wants to be a part of the Hornets and would like to be sent to NY, Dallas, Portland, Orlando or LA.

Some might say that this is a result of a toast at Carmelo Anthony’s wedding reception, when Paul, Melo and Amare said they were forming their Big 3 during a speech. Others may say it started when he saw how much attention his good friend LeBron received for “The Decision”. You could even speculate that it happened when he was on the redeem team in 2008 Olympics.

I personally think it started when New Orleans fired, former head coach, Byron Scott. That move basically said, “We’re no longer interested in winning,” and they haven’t been close since.

Now that Paul sees everyone else getting better he wants to join in on the action and rightfully so. Paul is the best point guard in the NBA and deserves the chance to be in a place that has winning as a top priority.

Unfortunately for Paul the Hornets aren’t stupid enough to give him up before the season like he’s asking. Why would they? And why New York? As much as I love the Knicks’ roster right now, they have nothing to offer New Orleans; especially if they plan on contending in the eastern conference.

As for Los Angeles and Dallas, I don’t think they would trade to a conference rival and have CP kill them in the future.

There are two scenarios that I see happening:

1. Paul plays about 20-30 games, the Hornets decide they won’t win either way and trade him to Orlando for Jameer Nelson, a wing player and possibly a draft pick. (Just imagine Dwight catching lobs from everywhere on the court for a second..)

2. Paul is forced to play the whole season and gets his trade during the 2011 off-season. (Assuming a bargaining agreement is reached by then.)

CP3 isn’t the type of player that will sit out and not play; he is too classy and too much of a team player to do that.

But, he will leave one way or another, whether it be through a trade or through his expiring contract in 2012.

The main point here is whenever CP3 leaves, I don’t see him going to NY.

Then again, nobody expected James, Wade and Bosh to be in Miami.