A six-game homestand begins Friday night against the Golden State Warriors, and includes tilts against the Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets—all winnable games for the Lakers.
Should the team not do well, according to Stein, the Lakers are prepared to make a coaching change.
And they should, because Brown isn't the answer—now or in the future.
Mike Brown might be a nice guy, and he definitely knows his basketball, but he's not the right coach for this team.
He wasn't the right choice last season, and it's becoming more apparent by the day that he's the wrong coach this season as well.
Let's be clear: His success as a head coach (Cleveland Cavaliers, late 2005-2010) had more to do with the fact that he could hand the ball to LeBron James and allow the offense to flow through him, than it did his ability to run a team—much less one with as much talent and as many egos as the Lakers have.
Mike Brown is a great teacher of the game, but this isn't a team of youngsters who need teaching, it's a team of veterans and future Hall of Famers who need someone to pull the strings and steer the ship—nothing more.
Long-time NBA pundit Chris Sheridan says that two veteran coaches are the early favorites to replace Brown:
Many in NBA circles believe Mike Brown will get canned, opening up spot for Sloan or D'Antoni, CP shreds Cavs defense: sheridanhoops.com/2012/11/06/sh-…— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) November 7, 2012
Jerry Sloan certainly knows how to coach megastars, having done so with John Stockton and Karl Malone for well over a decade.
While Mike D'Antoni doesn't know how to coach defense, his run-and-gun style of offense fits perfectly with the talent that the Lakers have—and his familiarity with Steve Nash certainly doesn't hurt.
Either one would be a far better choice to lead the Lakers than Brown.
On a team that's not getting any younger, they cannot afford to wait for things to turn around.