November 7, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) talks with head coach Mike Brown during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

Los Angeles Lakers Fire Mike Brown: Was This The Right Decision?


In a story first broken by USA today, the Los Angeles Lakers have announced that they will be firing head coach Mike Brown after just 71 games with the team.

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Assistant coach Chuck Persons will take over on an interim basis.

Browns agent, Warren LeGarie, informed him of the Lakers decision earlier today.

A buyout of the remaining 3 years and $18 million dollars on Browns contract will be completed immediately so it shall not interfere with the Lakers quest to find a new head coach for their basketball team.

The Los Angeles Lakers have started the year 1-4, with losses to the Dirk Nowitzki-less Dallas Mavericks, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Los Angeles Clippers and just recently, the Utah Jazz.

Was firing Brown this early in the season the right move for Los Angeles?

Yes.

Expectations for the Lakers this year are sky high. With four future hall-of-famers (Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard) on the roster, anything short of immediate success and greatness was going to be frowned upon in a big way, regardless of the fact that those four individuals have little experience playing with one another.

From his “Princeton Offense” to his overall style of coaching, Mike Brown was always the scapegoat for the Lakers problems.

You can’t fire the players, so obviously the head coach will take the brunt of the criticism.

Ultimately, the Lakers poor record to start the 2012/13 season was his final undoing.

Was it all Browns fault? Of course not.

Steve Nash is already missing time due to injury, the second-unit is poorly constructed and the overall effort from the players themselves just hasn’t been there thus far.

No team in NBA history has ever started 1-4 to start a season and then went on to win the NBA Championship. Mitch Kupchak and Jerry Buss clearly didn’t feel that this was an isolated incident, so they pulled the trigger on Browns firing sooner rather than later to prevent a further drop in the standings.

This Lakers squad needs to win right now. Bryant is 34 years old and Nash is 38. This team isn’t constructed to win 2-3 years down the road. Their window for a championship is slowly closing with some of their core players nearing retirement.

If a change in head coach is what it takes to get the Lakers back on the right path, then so be it.

What names are being thrown around as a possible replacement for Brown?

Mike D’Antoni, Phil Jackson and Jerry Sloan.

Take your pick.

There is obviously no confirmation from the Lakers camp as to who is being considered for the now vacant head coaching position, but those three names will be at the forefront of talks until an official announcement is of course made.

Christopher Walder is a sports blogger and lead editor for Sir Charles in Charge. You may follow him on Twitter @WalderSports

 

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