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Mike Brown Reportedly Fired as Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2012

The Los Angeles Lakers have decided to fire head coach Mike Brown after a 1-4 start, according to Sam Amick of USA Today. Warren Legarie, Brown's agent, confirmed the move.

Brown has come under fire for the Lakers' slow start after an offseason filled with major moves, most notably bringing in Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to give Los Angeles the pieces to contend for a championship.

UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 9 at 3:25 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst provides a statement from Brown following his dismissal:

“I have great respect for the Buss family and the Lakers’ storied tradition and I thank them for the opportunity they afforded me." con't...

— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) November 9, 2012

"...I have a deep appreciation for the coaches & players that I worked with this past year & I wish the organization nothing but success.”

— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) November 9, 2012

---End of update---

UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 9 at 2:40 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Mike Trudell of Lakers.com passed along comments from general manager Mitch Kupchak about the decision to let Brown go:

1/2: GM Mitch Kupchak: "This was a difficult & painful decision to make. Mike was very hard-working and dedicated, but we felt it was in...

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) November 9, 2012

2/2: ..."the best interest of the team to make a change. We appreciate Mike’s efforts/contributions & wish him & his family best of luck.”

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) November 9, 2012

Also, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports the Lakers will no longer use the Princeton-style offense that Brown was attempting to implement.

Lakers are dumping Princeton offense, sources tell Y! Sports. "This (firing) was about the offense, more than anything else," source says.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) November 9, 2012

---End of update--

UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 9 at 1:45 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reports assistant Bernie Bickerstaff will lead the Lakers into tonight's game against the Golden State Warriors. The team is beginning a wide-ranging search to find Brown's full-time replacement.

Asst. Coach Bernie Bickerstaff will coach tonight's game vs. GS but the Lakers will conduct a national search to replace Mike Brown.

— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) November 9, 2012

---End of update--

Continuation of Original Article:

Rumors began to surface this week about Brown's potential demise despite the fact that the team's revamped lineup has been without Nash for the majority of the early action. 

It appears the Lakers weren't willing to wait any longer for progress. By letting go of Brown, who was attempting to implement a new offense, Los Angeles' front office signals that even short-term failure will be unacceptable this season.

This notion will undoubtedly put a lot of pressure on the team's next coach. Brown wasn't putting the team on the path to an NBA championship quick enough, and now he's gone.

While the Lakers didn't announce the next step in its process to fill the void, ESPN reports that one of the team's assistant coaches—Bernie Bickerstaff or Chuck Person—will take over on an interim basis. Ken Berger of CBS Sports states that assistant coach Steve Clifford is also being considered.

Lakers are in process of appointing interim coach to replace Mike Brown, with Chuck Person having the edge over Steve Clifford, sources say.

— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) November 9, 2012

Brown led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals in 2007 and entered the season with a 313-163 overall record as a head coach. The Lakers hired him before the 2011-12 season to replace Phil Jackson. 

 

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