L.A. Lakers: Magic Johnson Says Mike Brown Will Be Fired If L.A. Loses Game 7

Mick AkersAnalyst IMay 12, 2012

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Former Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson thinks that if the Lakers come up short in Game 7 against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night, head coach Mike Brown will be sent packing.

Magic said:

The Lakers are about championships. That's what the Lakers are about. If they lose this game, Mike Brown, I bet you, will not be sitting there.

Brown, who has had his ups-and-downs in his first year at the helm of the Lakers, didn't do a terrible job, but disappointing a town used to winning by going out in Round 1 is not what the organization or the city of L.A. had in mind when Brown was named head coach last offseason.

Brown coached the Lakers to a record of 39-23, in the lockout-shortened season and never really had the Lakers looking like they could make a serious title run at any point in the regular season,

Compared to that of three other recent Lakers head coaches and you one will see that none of the three, Phil Jackson, Del Harris or Mike Dunleavy lost in the first round of the playoffs as Brown's Lakers have the chance of Saturday night.

In Mike Dunleavy's first season with the Lakers in 1990-91, he led the Lakers to a 58-24 record and a loss to Michael Jordan and his Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals that year.

Former Lakers coach, Del Harris went 58-24 in his first year coaching the Lakers and won the coach of the year award, but his team lost in the Western Conference Semi-Finals that season.

Lastly, Phil Jackson, as one would imagine had the best first year out of all of them back in the 1999-2000 season, as Jackson led the Lakers to a record of 67-15 in the regular season and turned it into an NBA title that season.

With the success that has come before him coaching-wise in the land of "showtime," Magic may not be too far off in his thoughts of Brown getting the ax, if the Lakers say bye to the playoffs in the first round and do not give Brown a season to try and redeem himself.

Letting Brown go after just one year would not be fair, as he dealt with changing up the Lakers' offense, from their comfortable triangle offense and with star players on his team acting up on more than a few occasions.

If Brown is gone with a loss tomorrow, it will just remind us of the harsh reality that you are either a winner or you are sent packing in L.A., one of the biggest stages in the NBA.