LOS ANGELES When Mike Brown was named head coach of the Lakers last year, many were wondering if he has what it takes to run the most high-profile team in the NBAmaybe in professional sports.
And could he deal with the mercurial temperament of Kobe Bryant, who clashed with Phil Jackson even as they won five championships together.
Comments by Shaquille O'Neal in his recent autobiographySHAQ UNCUT-MY STORYcould lead one to believe that Brown was timid when it came to dealing with a superstar player. O'Neal played for Brown in Cleveland during the 2009-10 season, and didn't paint a flattering picture of the head coach:
"Our coach, Mike Brown, was a nice guy, but he had to live on edge because nobody was supposed to be confrontational with LeBron. Nobody wanted him to leave Cleveland, so he was allowed to do whatever he wanted to do.
"I remember one day in a film session LeBron didn't get back on defense after a missed shot. Mike Brown didn't say anything about it. He went to the...