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Downtown Larry Brown

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Rumors are swirling that after this season, the Lakers could hire Larry Brown as their new head coach. Brown's act has already worn thin in Detroit (wow, that was quick), as he still recovers from the emotional shock of his fans' brawl with Indiana and refuses to give Darko Mlicic playing time.LAist would be absolutely thrilled to see Brown coach the Lakers. As Los Angeles basketball fans, we've see what Brown can do. First he took he took an overachieving UCLA team to the Final Four. Then he miraculously guided the Clippers to the playoffs twice. And last June, he coached the Pistons to an improbable upset over our Lakers.

There is no coach in the NBA who is better in a 2-3 year window than Larry Brown. And that suits the Lakers just fine. In 2007, the Lakers will have cap space and could make a run at a Lebron James or Yao Ming. In the short term, they need some help, as evidenced by their "lame" loss to the Hawks last night. For some reason we see Kobe Bryant and Larry Brown just loving each other. And Brown already has a beach house in Malibu, and firm roots here.

So let's see it happen!

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But if it doesn't work out, who would you like to see coach the Lakers?