The consensus is that it takes 15-20 games to really evaluate how good or bad a team is. Mike Brown didn’t get nearly that long.
USA Today’s Sam Amick was the first to report that Brown has been fired as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers after a disappointing 1-4 start.
Less than 48 hours ago, Lakers owner Jim Buss gave Brown a vote of confidence. Either Buss was lying through his teeth, or he had a serious change of heart.
While it’s easy to blame the slow start on the Princeton offense that Brown decided to put in this summer, the Lakers have actually played better offensively (where they rank 6th through Thursday’s games) than defensively (23rd). And their problems really lie with their lack of depth; L.A.’s starting lineups – with either Steve Nash or Steve Blake – have outscored their opponents by 35 points over their five games.
But ultimately, it was Brown that took the fall.
Brown’s camp believes the decision to let him go came straight from Jerry Buss and not Mitch Kupchack or Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant.
Early speculation on possible coaches to replace Brown centers on former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni, former Lakers assistant (currently with the Indiana Pacers) Brian Shaw, former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and, most prominently, former Lakers coach Phil Jackson.
Current Lakers assistant Bernie Bickerstaff is expected to take the reins on an interim basis when the Lakers host the Golden State Warriors tonight.