It was all good just a day ago or something to that effect as Los Angeles Lakers executive vice-president Jim Buss, son of owner Jerry Buss, stated that head coach Mike Brown‘s job was safe for now. Well I guess that for now meant, Thursday because Friday according to an NBA source the Lakers have fired Brown following the team’s sluggish 1-4 start to the 2012-13 season.
The younger Buss’ exact words were ““I have no problems with Mike Brown at all. He just works too hard and is too knowledgeable for this to be happening”. Then Buss followed “So either the system is flawed or something is going on. Or, like the Triangle, it’s very hard to pick up and understand. I’m not a basketball mind like he is or the players are, and the players are fine with it, so I just have to be patient.”
It doesn’t seem as if his patience was that great or word came from higher up to give Brown his walking papers; either way Brown is no longer the head coach of the Lakers and now even more turmoil will surround the circus of stars that resides in the Staples Center.
The source also said that either one of the Lakers assistant coaches, Chuck Person or Bernie Bickerstaff will take over as the interim head coach and there has been no word as to if the team will seek a more experienced head coach to take over at some point this season or not.
The Lakers currently have the Western Conference’s worst record despite having the Association’s highest payroll and most perennial all-stars in their starting lineup. The Lakers gear up to take on the Golden State Warriors on Friday night at home sans Brown on the bench, if they lose this game who will be the scape goat then.