Lakers dump head coach Mike Brown
Brown replaced the legendary Phil Jackson last year, bringing the Lakers to the second round of the playoffs, where they lost in five games to the Oklahoma City Thunder. While the second round of the playoffs may be a great accomplishment for some teams, it doesn't mean much for a franchise as storied as the Lakers.
With the league's highest payroll - over $100 million - and the monumental acquisitions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, the Lakers had huge expectations for their new super team. However, Mike Brown got his squad out to a 1-4 start - the worst record in the Western Conference.
The move to fire Brown may be a bit premature, as he's been given two new players who need to take on very important roles. It often takes some time for players to develop chemistry with one another on the court. In addition, Dwight Howard hasn't quite been himself, as he is still recovering from back surgery, and Steve Nash has only played in 1.5 games. If I'm the general manager of the Lakers, I'm at least going to see what Brown can do when his best players are healthy.
One of the issues that likely got Brown canned, however, was his insistence on instituting the Princeton offense. The Princeton offense emphasizes constant ball movement, which is questionable when you have a Hall of Fame point guard in Steve Nash and one of the most lethal scorers of all-time in Kobe Bryant.
The Lakers will play the Golden State Warriors tonight in the Staples Center. Chuck Person has been named the interim head coach.