L.A. Lakers Confidence in Mike Brown Signals No Coaching Change Coming Soon
Mike Brown has never really had a calm day in his time with the Los Angeles Lakers. Being the guy who replaced Phil Jackson is, historically, never a good job to take.
Brown has to hear stupid people like myself prattle on about why the Lakers would be better off without him, but there's a lot of nuances that go into coaching a team, and it's really hard to say for sure that Los Angeles would work under another coach.
Are there better coaches out there? For sure. Stan Van Gundy, Jerry Sloan and Nate McMillan are all out there not coaching, but it takes an incredible vote of confidence in the new guy to fire your head coach during the season.
Three times in the history of the NBA has a team fired their head coach during the season and went on to win the NBA Championship. Compare that to about a billion head coaches that were replaced during the course of a season and their team amounted to nothing.
Even still, of those three championship teams that played under two different coaches, the Lakers account for two of them.
That's not exactly a trend, but it's something.
However, with all the fervor that surrounds Brown day in and day out it seems like the Lakers are committed to this guy, at least for the time being.
Jim Buss gave the basketball world a little bit of insight on just how much this team is putting their faith in Brown:
"I'm a hundred percent behind Mike Brown. Mitch is. My dad is. We as a collective soul are behind him 100 percent."
You see that? Not only are Jim and Jerry Buss and Mitch Kupchack behind Brown, but they're behind him as a collective soul. I guess they're letting their light shine down on Brown right now.
Beyond that, Buss has also described just how impressed he has been with Brown's ability to prepare, whether it be his interview for the coaching job or just an everyday regular season game.
There's not a lot to be taken from those two notions, and minds in the front office can be fickle if things go south over the next few weeks, but there aren't any real reasons to believe that that will be the case.
Should that happen they may be singing a different tune, but for now it seems that there's no reason to think that Brown's job is on the line, and there shouldn't be.
With a team that's starting to put together some form of chemistry, the most important thing for them is continuity—even if that continuity is Mike Brown. It's true they could end up playing well under another coach, but exactly who is out there that would be a realistic option?
Stan Van Gundy would be a great choice, but he's working with NBC for the remainder of the year. Larry Brown is 72 years old and coaching SMU; Phil Jackson isn't coming back; and I'm not sure Jerry Sloan is the answer for this team, either.
I'd like to see Nate McMillan in control of this Lakers team, but is he really such a great coach that he could come in and take over the reins midseason? It seems unlikely.
The best option for the Lakers seems to let Brown hang around for the rest of the season to see what he can do. If there's a bad playoff performance, then it's time to talk about replacing him, but replacing a coach midseason rarely results in a championship.
If there's a better option during the summer then by all means explore other routes, but Mike Brown's faults don't outweigh his virtues.
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