Lakers Fire Mike Brown
The LA Times is reporting that the Lakers have fired Mike Brown.
Brown was fighting for his job, following L.A.’s miserable 1-4 start. The Lakers have struggled all season, despite their summer spending spree. In fact, you could argue that the two additions — Steve Nash and Dwight Howard — haven’t helped the team as much most expected. Howard is still recovering from back surgery, while Nash has only been available for one full game. Kobe Bryant is also playing with injuries, but that’s nothing new for the superstar.
That’s not to say Mike Brown wasn’t just as culpable in the Lakers’ abysmal start. Amidst the flurry of injuries, the team also had a new offense to deal with. Brown was roundly criticized for trying to install a Princeton offense, which emphasizes more reads and less ball-handling. Ultimately, it cost him his job.
(Trouble in La La Land, Exhibit A: Kobe Bryant giving Mike Brown the “death stare”)
The Lakers have not named a replacement for Brown, but one of the assistant coaches is expected to take over on an interim basis.