(Wally Skalij/LA Times)
Did Mike Brown need more time for Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and others to jell?
This summer the Los Angeles Lakers placed their cards on the table citing another run at NBA supremacy. Troubled by a rough start to begin the season, team officials decided it was time for a change just five games into the season.
This morning the team fired coach Mike Brown.
Did Kobe’s stare doom Mike Brown?
Did the Lakers overreact in their decision to replace Mike Brown just five games into the season?
Brown was in his second season with the team. The Lakers were 41-25 in Brown’s first season, losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round of the playoffs.
The team had trouble picking up the Princeton offense Brown implemented. The team also struggled defensively.
Assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff will serve as the interim coach. But a short list of long-term candidates could include Jerry Sloan, Mike D’Antoni, Nate McMillian and Phil Jackson.