May 26, 2011 1:06 AM by Lee Douglas
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A person with knowledge of the discussions says the Los Angeles Lakers have reached a deal in principle with former Cleveland coach Mike Brown to succeed Phil Jackson.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the Lakers hadn't made the official announcement.
ESPN, which employed Brown as an analyst this season, first reported Brown had been hired.
Brown emerged as the front-runner for the daunting task of succeeding the 11-time NBA champion Jackson after a strong interview last weekend with the Lakers, who apparently are looking for a new approach after an abrupt end to their championship reign.
Jackson retired after the Dallas Mavericks ousted the defending two-time champion Lakers.
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