Lakers Rumors: Mike Brown's Job Reportedly in Jeopardy If Struggles Continue

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2012

If Mike Brown wants to keep his job as the Los Angeles Lakers head coach, he needs to turn things around quickly this season. 

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, if the team is unable to put together a good showing during the upcoming six-game homestand in L.A., management will take a serious look at Brown's job security. 

Sources: unsuccessful Lakers homestand would put Mike Brown’s job in immediate jeopardy » es.pn/WLkA8p

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After a complete overhaul of the roster that included the addition of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, the Lakers were expected to immediately be one of the NBA's best teams. Injuries and chemistry have contributed to the team's 1-4 start, and it appears Brown will be on a short leash in the upcoming weeks. 

No official announcement has been made as to the exact number of games that the Lakers will need to win on the upcoming homestand for Brown to keep his job, but the maligned head coach could ease some pressure by guiding L.A. to a win against the Golden State Warriors on Friday.

After Los Angeles' most recent loss to the Utah Jazz, general manager Mitch Kupchak alluded to the fanbase's impatience with the slow start:

Expectations are high, there's no doubt. The city is impatient. At what point do you lose patience? Is it 1-15? Is it a higher number? A lesser number? I don't know right now. But we have a game Friday night and we're going to win it and try to build off that.

Brown is in his second year with the Lakers and led the team to a 41-25 record last season.

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