Mike Brown, Kobe Bryant meet
Dave McMenamin [ARCHIVE]
ESPNLosAngeles.com
June 1, 2011
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still believe that this core group of guys can go get it done and now it's up to us to go do it," Brown said.

Brown laid out his three keys on defense and offense he intends the Lakers to adopt for next season. Defensively, he said he will employ the same system he ran in Cleveland, predicated on shrinking the floor, not giving up drives to the middle of the floor and multiple efforts on the same defensive possession, finishing every shot with a contest.

Offensively, he plans for the Lakers to "attack the clock" by advancing the ball past midcourt in the first three to four seconds of the shot clock, to use ball reversals to set up "paint touches" and also to employ drive and kick and inside-out opportunities with proper spacing.

Trying to implement a new system to a group of players that averaged 59 wins the past four seasons, including three trips to the Finals and two championships, could prove difficult, but Brown promised consequences if players do not follow the new regime.

"I got to preach it, I got to talk it, I got to teach it," Brown said. "In time, if they don't buy in right away or they don't buy in the first week, they will. If they don't, then there's going to be a problem because I'm going to hold everybody accountable."

Brown's crew of assistant coaches has yet to be filled out, but he said he submitted a list to Kupchak. He also acknowledged that Ettore Messina, a well-regarded pro coach in Europe, could be on his staff. Lakers assistant coach Chuck Person, Dallas special assistant Tim Grgurich, New Orleans assistant Mike Malone and Minnesota assistant J.B. Bickerstaff are among the other names being considered, according to multiple sources.

"Right now, there's nobody that's ruled out," Brown said of the pool of assistants he's considering.

Brown summed up his goals for the job with somewhat of a mission statement before accepting questions from the media on hand.

"I'll define the culture, I'll define roles and I'll hold people accountable," Brown said. "Part of the culture and the makeup of the culture, will be one of trust, communication, defense, a no-excuses mentality, a family environment and a determined work ethic. I'm very excited to be here in L.A. working with these players and helping them build upon past successes that they've already had. Now I'm ready to get to work."

Dave McMenamin covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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