The Los Angeles Lakers have started the season 1-4 and apparently seen enough of Mike Brown on the sidelines.
Brown was fired today after just five games in his second season with the Lakers. Brown replaced Phil Jackson last year and led the Lakers to a 3-seed in the Western Conference and second round exit in the playoffs courtesy of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“I have great respect for the Buss family and the Lakers’ storied tradition and I thank them for the opportunity they afforded me,” Brown said in a statement. “I have a deep appreciation for the coaches and players that I worked with this past year and I wish the organization nothing but success as they move forward.”
Brown was faced with the challenge of incorporating a new offense this season in the Princeton and doing it with superstars Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol.
The offense looked a long way away from being mastered and the Lakers aren’t exactly in a position to wait and see how things look after a few months. Their core of stars are all aging and winning now is the No. 1 priority.
The Lakers said they did not fire Brown with a replacement in mind and instead did so to “stop what was happening.” Assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff will take over for now as the interim coach.
Rumors are out there linking former Phoenix Suns coach Mike D’Antoni as a potential replacement as well as former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan.
Phil Jacksons’ name has also been brought up as a rumored replacement although it seems like a long shot for Jackson to suddenly come out of retirement again.
We can expect a different look for the Lake Show this season now as they won’t be seemingly restricted within the confines of the Princeton offense. The Lakers will play their next game tonight at home vs. the Golden State Warriors.
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