Mike Brown Closing In On Being Named Next Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach, According To Report

Mike Brown is getting even closer to being named the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Brown and the Lakers are reportedly finalizing negotiations, and he could be officially named as head coach as soon as Wednesday afternoon, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles.

Brown has reportedly been offered a contract "in the ballpark" of four years and $18 million, according to McMenamin. He became the favorite for the job after what was deemed as a "strong face-to-face interview" with key members of the Lakers' hierarchy, including executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss.

The news of Brown's possible hire surprised star Kobe Bryant earlier in the day, so it will be interesting to see how it is received if indeed it does get finalized. Bryant had endorsed assistant coach Brian Shaw for the job. 

Brown has a record of 272-138 in five years with the Cleveland Cavaliers before being fired after the Cavaliers were upset by the Boston Celtics in the second round of the 2010 Playoffs.

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