The Mike Brown experiment is officially over in L.A.
After a 1-4 start to the 2012-2013 season, the Los Angeles Lakers have decided to fire their inept head coach.
Brown was brought on with the Lakers last season after legendary head coach Phil Jackson decided to hang up his whistle and head for retirement. Although skepticism ran rampant throughout the year that Brown would be incapable of handling the duties as the leader of the Lakers, the NBA’s most criticized team, he seemed to hold his own.
During his first year with the Lakers, Brown led the purple and gold to a 41-25 regular season record, landing them with the third seed in the Western Conference. They were eventually bounced from the postseason in the Conference Semifinals by the Oklahoma City Thunder after narrowing escaping the first round.
What led to Brown’s firing is the poor start to a 2012-2013 season that was supposed to be historic for the Lakers. After acquiring elite talents in Steve Nash and Dwight Howard during the off-season, L.A. was expected to give the ’95-’96 Chicago Bulls a run for their money. The preseason favorites to win the NBA Championship, though, have floundered so far and Brown has become a casualty of their struggles.
As of right now, it’s unclear as to who will fill the void for the Lakers as head coach. The rumors, however, have been swirling that a veteran coach such as Jerry Sloan or Mike D’Antoni could take his place atop one of the world’s most popular sports teams. With a game scheduled for tonight, though, the Lakers could be forced to temporarily hand the reins to one of their assistant coaches.
This bombshell falls only a day after Brown received a vote of confidence from owner Jim Buss, showing just how concrete his words are.
The finger was cautiously floating over the panic button following the Lakers’ 0-3 start to the season. When the Lakers fell to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night, it slipped.