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Los Angeles Lakers Fire Coach Mike Brown After 1-4 Start

Submitted by on November 9, 2012 – 7:47 pmOne Comment

Well, that wasn’t long.

After a disappointing start to a season that many expect to end with another championship banner hanging from the Staples Center rafters, the Los Angeles Lakers decided that a change needed to be made and fired head coach Mike Brown.

It was only five games into an 82 game season that many expected to have it’s speed bumps along the way, but the Lakers front office said enough is enough after a preseason without a win and a 1-4 start that was saddled with several double digit losses.

ESPN reports:

“This was a difficult and painful decision to make,” general manager Mitch Kupchak said, according to the team’s website. “Mike was very hard-working and dedicated, but we felt it was in the best interest of the team to make a change at this time. We appreciate Mike’s efforts and contributions and wish him and his family the best of luck.”

Did the Lakers pull the trigger too soon? Maybe. But with the team bleeding out on a nightly basis while running a stagnant Princeton offense, the front office felt like something needed to be done. It was first reported that they would wait to see how the team played during a six game home stand before making a decision. That obviously wasn’t the case. Bernie Bickerstaff will assume coaching duties while the team seeks a new head coach.

So far, Phil Jackson, Mike D’Antoni, Jerry Sloan, Mike Dunleavy, and Nate McMillan are reportedly in the running.

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