Mike Brown Gone In LA
A source states that there is no current replacement for Brown, but rumors are circulating about assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff or Chuck Person will take his place on an interim basis.
Lakers general manager Jim Buss earlier stated that the Lakers organization will further assess the situation in LA after the six-game home stretch for the Lakers. But, after hours of discussion within the past days, the Lakers management unanimously agreed that the team was not heading in the right direction, resulting in Brown losing his job.
The players were shocked by the news, but, due to Steve Nash only playing 1 1/2 games so far this season because of a leg injury, Dwight Howard reporting that he is still recovering from back surgery that ended his 2011-2012 season earlier than expected, and Kobe Bryant playing through a foot injury, their 1-4 record this season is marked as the worst start in the Western Conference. The Lakers also have the largest payroll in the NBA with about $100 million invested in the players and coaches.
The firing of Brown could also bring an end to the Lakers new offensive scheme, the Princeton offense, which relies on quick look-and-reads to share the offensive workload throughout the team, rather than have Bryant focus on the entire offense.