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Who is Michael Brown ?

Who is Michael Brown? The professional basketball world knows him as Mike an American basketball head coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was previously the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers from June 2, 2005 until May 24, 2010.[1][2] After learning the game under Gregg Popovich, Brown is widely regarded as a defensive specialist. He turned the Cavaliers into one of the top defensive teams in the NBA and guided them into the 2007 NBA Finals. Brown was honored as NBA Coach of the Year for leading the Cavaliers to a team record and league best 66 wins in 2009, and 61 wins, again a league best, in 2010. However, after losses to both the Orlando Magic in the conference finals in 2009 and the Boston Celtics in the 2010 conference semifinals, he was fired after failing to win an NBA title with the Cavaliers. On May 25, 2011, Brown succeeded Phil Jackson as the head coach of the Lakers.

Early years

Brown was born March 5, 1970 in Columbus, Ohio, but he spent parts of his childhood overseas. He graduated from Würzburg American High School in Würzburg, Germany in 1988, where he excelled in basketball and football. After studying and playing basketball at Mesa Community College for two years, Brown went on to the University of San Diego, where he played two seasons for the Toreros and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He began his career in 1992 as an intern with the Denver Nuggets, and eventually spent five seasons with the team as a scout and video coordinator.[3]

NBA career

In 2000, Brown was hired by Gregg Popovich as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs. While with the Spurs, Brown's teams won at least 58 games each season. He also was the head coach for the Spurs' summer league teams in Boston and Salt Lake City. After winning a championship with San Antonio in 2003, Brown was hired as assistant coach to Rick Carlisle with the Indiana Pacers. He helped lead Indiana to consecutive playoff appearances including a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2004.
Brown's record as an assistant coach is 341–201 (.629).[3]
In June 2005, Brown got his first head coaching job with the Cleveland Cavaliers, replacing Brendan Malone, becoming the second youngest coach in the league, with only Lawrence Frank of the New Jersey Nets younger.[3]
On June 2, 2007, Brown's Cavaliers defeated the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals and advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in the history of the franchise. However, they were swept in four games to his former team, San Antonio Spurs.
On February 1, 2008, Brown was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for January 2008.[4]
In 2009, Brown was named coach of the Eastern Conference All-Star team,[5] making him the second coach in Cavaliers history to coach the All-Star team, joining Lenny Wilkens who coached the East team in 1989.
On April 20, 2009, Brown was named NBA Coach of the Year after guiding the Cavaliers to a franchise best 66–16 record.[5]
On May 13, 2010, Brown and the Cleveland Cavaliers were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs. With this loss, the Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to accomplish back-to-back 60+ win seasons and not advance to the NBA Finals.[6]
Brown was fired on May 24, 2010.[7][8] In December 2010, he began working with ESPN as a studio analyst.[9]
After leaving Cleveland Cavaliers, Brown was the assistant coach on his son's middle school team. He was the coach for the Westlake Lee Burneson Middle School team in Ohio. He turned down an offer to serve as an assistant at St. Mary’s College in California. “I’m a glorified equipment guy who gets to chest bump and high-five the players,” Brown said. “The kids still call me coach.” [10]
On May 25, 2011, Brown agreed to be Phil Jackson's successor and become the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. He reportedly agreed to a 4-year deal, with a team option to keep him under contract for the fourth year.[11] On May 31, 2011, he was officially named the Lakers' new head coach.[12]

Head coaching record

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss  %
Post season PG Playoff Games PW Playoff Wins PL Playoff Losses PW–L % Playoff Win-loss  %
[hide]Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
CLE 2005–06 82 50 32 .610 2nd in Central 13 7 6 .538 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
CLE 2006–07 82 50 32 .610 2nd in Central 20 12 8 .600 Lost in NBA Finals
CLE 2007–08 82 45 37 .549 2nd in Central 13 7 6 .538 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
CLE 2008–09 82 66 16 .805 1st in Central 14 10 4 .714 Lost in Conf. Finals
CLE 2009–10 82 61 21 .744 1st in Central 11 6 5 .545 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
LAL 2011–12 66 41 25 .621 1st in Pacific 12 5 7 .417 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
476 313 163 .658
83 47 36 .566

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