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With Mike Brown Out, What’s Next For The Lakers? Reviewed by Momizat on . Just days after Jim Buss assured Lakers Nation that he, Mitch Kupchak, and Jerry Buss were 100 percent behind Mike Brown, the Lakers fired their head coach. Fan Just days after Jim Buss assured Lakers Nation that he, Mitch Kupchak, and Jerry Buss were 100 percent behind Mike Brown, the Lakers fired their head coach. Fan Rating:
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With Mike Brown Out, What’s Next For The Lakers?

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Just days after Jim Buss assured Lakers Nation that he, Mitch Kupchak, and Jerry Buss were 100 percent behind Mike Brown, the Lakers fired their head coach.

Fans universally called for Brown’s departure after a win-less preseason and a listless 1-4 start to the regular season, and it appears as though Lakers’ management agreed.

So, what exactly does this mean for the Lakers?

Normally, when head coaches are fired mid-season, an assistant coach takes over for the remainder of the season until a definitive decision can be made in the off-season. For instance, Bernie Bickerstaff will take the helm for tonight’s game.

However, that is not going to happen.

Why?

Well, for one, these are the Lakers. When they get rid of someone–player or coach–you better believe they are looking to upgrade.

Secondly, the Lakers fired Mike Brown after just five games.

Initially, I thought that firing him wouldn’t be the best move because a new coach and system would have to be implemented, discouraging a team that’s worked hard all training camp to learn a new system, a new coach for many of them, and each other. Plus, I figured it wouldn’t help the campaign to re-sign Dwight Howard.

However, Lakers management saw something they didn’t like–such as a coach they didn’t think could lead this team to an NBA championship–and acted quickly.

Additionally, at just 42 years old, Mike Brown was likely initially hired for the long term. However, with the short window of opportunity for this Lakers team, perhaps the learning curve and patience ran out for management.

Always a franchise willing to do anything and everything to please their fans, perhaps the constant demanding of a new coach helped with management’s decision.

Who Will Take Over?

As I stated above, the Lakers continually manage to upgrade their personnel. Usually it’s players who get swapped out, but right now the Lakers are looking for a clear upgrade at the coaching position.

So, who’s on deck?

Rumors have swirled of Phil Jackson, Jerry Sloan, Mike D’Antoni, and Brian Shaw–to name a few.

I’ll tell you one thing, though. Jerry Buss is extremely fond of Phil Jackson, and if he, Kupchak, and son Jimmy agreed to fire Mike Brown (who Jim was fond of), they certainly contacted the Zen Master first. He’s the only coach on that list with championship experience as a head coach (11, to be exact), and the Lakers are clearly looking for someone experienced and trusted.

Next Page: Will it be Phil Jackson or Jerry Sloan?

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Suki is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona and an unsigned contributing writer for Lakers Nation. Follow Suki on Twitter @TheRealSuki and Facebook. You can check out the rest of his work here.

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  • santiago

    change starters nash,kobe,jamison,gasol,howard,use meeks and djo than blake its too early odom needs time to bulid confidence or get delonte west,phil can handle him for sure,we need to trade,get a versatile player like magette..

  • saadi saadi

    Well written article by Suki.

    My friend Dr. Rasheed Syed said the following below which I thought was interesting:

    Sad: A hardworking Coach Mike Brown is gone. What can anyone do when the results are awful despite so much energy spent and resources at disposal. This is Lakers land, we expect wins. I predicted him getting fired but not this soon.
    Happy: hoping for better change. This move can ONLY bring positive change in players (hopefully). They have to perform better. Phil Jackson is obviously #1 on my list.

    Sometimes players play bad and Coach(es) work(s) hard but gets fired!
    Who should be blamed for the Coach Mike Brown getting fired?
    1. Himself?
    2. Coaching staff?
    3. Team players? not giving their 100% in each game. (I am fascinated by Kobe’s strong hardworking spirit. He wants to win, he hates loosing games. I have highest respect for Kobe as a player.)
    4. Bad chemistry b/w players and coaches? or Unable to form the chemistry (homeostasis)?
    5. Management for hiring Mike Brown and doing experiment for Lakers?
    6. Fans reaction to “Fire Mike Brown!”?
    7. Scar from last year playoff against OKC Thunder?
    8. My favorite, “None of the above”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/suki.thind.1 Suki Thind

      Thanks for the compliment, as well as the input! Yeah, I think the most glaring thing about the team so far has been their lackluster defense. For a defensive coach, perhaps he wasn’t getting through to his players, which is the main reason I think he got fired. I do think it was too soon, but if they were going to fire him regardless, it’s best to have done it sooner than later. Unfortunately, it will set the Lakers back because a new coach will basically have to try and teach on the fly–just as Mike Brown had to do last season after the lockout. It will get frustrating for the players as well since they’ve been working so hard on learning the Princeton and coach Brown’s philosophies, only to have to learn new ones. I hope it all works out. I think they have to make a strong push for Phil, because swapping him for someone like D’Antoni–who doesn’t really have a great winning percentage–could produce the same type of skepticism among players. Lakers management seems to know what they’re doing, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

      • saadi saadi

        I agree.

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