Team will make the announcement later today, ESPN is reporting.
Brown's union with the Lakers came together quickly. An ESPN analyst and the 2008-09 NBA coach of the year, he emerged as the leading candidate for the vacancy created when Phil Jackson retired after a strong face-to-face interview Saturday with Lakers brass including executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss, ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher reported.
Brown's interview, combined with his track record of success in Cleveland, moved him ahead of the two other candidates the Lakers interviewed, Rick Adelman and Brian Shaw. Shaw, a longtime Lakers assistant under former coach Phil Jackson, had a public endorsement from superstar Kobe Bryant, but Shaw will likely be moving on to another franchise after the hiring of Brown. He is a candidate for the head coaching job in Golden State, though sources say the Warriors want to hire a coach with prior head coaching experience.
*First positive sign of the new hire: LAT's Bill Plaschke thinks it's a bad idea. Now if T.J. Simers slams it, the team will really be onto something.