Brown was signed to a four-year deal to replace the retiring Phil Jackson as Lakers coach on May 30, 2011 and led the team to a 41-25 record in his first season with his team. It was all downhill from there.
Before the 2012–13 season, Brown announced that the Lakers would use the Princeton offense. However, the offense didn't jell with the Lakers, who had added superstars Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in the off-season. The team lost all eight of its exhibtion games, then began the season with a 1-4 record before Brown was fired and replaced by Mike D'Antoni.