The Los Angeles Lakers, in the midst of a 1-4 start, have officially fired head coach Mike Brown according to Sam Amick of USA Today.
The Lakers initially planned to evaluate Brown after the upcoming six-game homestand but the organization eventually came to a unanimous decision: For the Lakers to reach their championship potential, Brown couldn’t be apart of the picture.
The replacement for Brown isn’t known but it is expected that assistant coaches Bernie Bickerstaff or Chuck Person will take over on an interim basis. Mike D’Antoni, Phil Jackson, Nate McMillan and Jerry Sloan have been mentioned as possible replacements for Brown though we can only speculate at this juncture.
Brown was hired prior to the 2011-12 season after he headed five playoff contending Cavalier teams, including the 2006-07 Cavaliers that upended the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The struggling Lakers been outscored by an average of 1.6 points thus far. If you exclude their 29-point victory over the winless Detroit Pistons (0-5), Los Angeles has lost by nearly 10 points a game. While the institution of the Princeton offense was met with some skepticism, it is the Lakers defense — even after accounting for the addition of three-time Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard — that has been at fault. The unit has allowed 107.6 points per 100 possessions, ranking 25th in the league.