It's no secret that the hiring of Mike Brown as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers was not widely popular among the media and fans. After years of running the triangle offense under head coach Phil Jackson, Brown will almost certainly be shifting the team to a new offense, in addition to putting considerably more focus on the defensive side of the ball. That latter point isn't necessarily a bad thing, but Mike Brown still has plenty of haters. In his introductory press conference today, Brown took some time out to answer questions and dismiss those haters in the process, while also praising his superstar, Kobe Bryant. Via SB Nation Los Angeles:
On what he'd say to those who don't feel he's qualified or capable enough for the prestigious job:
"Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I respect that. Everyone has jobs to do. Winning will cure all that."
On Kobe's role:
"This is still his team. Kobe is Kobe. He has five titles and is one of the greatest ever. His role will not change. We'll make sure he'll have the ball in the sweet spots he likes to have it."
He's right about one thing, winning does cure almost all problems in sports. If Mike Brown and the Lakers can win basketball games, the criticism will suddenly evaporate.