NBA: Lakers fire Mike Brown
The Los Angeles Lakers have fired head coach Mike Brown. The Lakers, who are off a disappointing 1-4 start, decided to move quickly, as it appears Brown is just not the right fit for the talented club. While five games into a season is an extremely small sample size, you get the sense that change was needed.
Lakers general manger Mitch Kupchak was trying to convince ownership to give it a little more time, but they felt time was up. Getting off to a slow start is one thing, but the team hasn’t showed any sort of progress in terms of chemistry and frankly the club looks lost out on the court.
Perhaps the Lakers will look to Phil Jackson or Brian Shaw, but you get the sense that ownership doesn’t want to go back to the triangle offense. Mike D’Antoni would be a good fit, especially teaming up again with Lakers point guard Steve Nash, though D’Antoni just had knee surgery and would not be available to coach until late December. Other options could include former Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan and perhaps Nate McMillan.
We should know more throughout the weekend about who the legitimate candidates are, to become the Lakers next head coach.