In what many may view as a panic move by the Los Angeles Lakers front office, head coach Mike Brown was fired Thursday afternoon after a 1-4 start from his star-studded team.
"Mike just called saying he was relieved of his duties," agent Warren LeGarie tells Y! Sports about the ex-Lakers coach.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) November 9, 2012
Twitter exploded with the untimely news, as the biggest names in the sports media world voiced their opinions on the move that very few saw coming so early on in the season.
With former Lakers coach Phil Jackson leaving the franchise on good terms, many expect his name to be atop the list as a potential replacement. A source close to Jackson told Yahoo!'s Spears some notable information on the 11-time NBA champion's interest.
Source close to PJax said:"Its a good situation for him.But his heart has to be in it.Thats a discussion he has to have with himself...cont.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) November 9, 2012
Source close to PJax cont: "They kicked him to the curb. Now they are in the same position. Maybe worse."— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) November 9, 2012
Yahoo! Sports reporter Adrian Wojnarowski wasted no time finding out who a big name in the Lakers' replacement search might be. However, he also confirmed that a knee surgery will keep D'Antoni out of contention until at least December.
As Lakers ownership has been considering firing of Brown, Mike D'Antoni has been a prominent name discussed as replacement, sources tell Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) November 9, 2012
Knee replacement surgery expected to keep Mike D'Antoni unable to coach until late December, league source tells Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) November 9, 2012
I just spoke with Jerry Sloan he has no comment on the situation with the Lakers— David Locke (@Lockedonsports) November 9, 2012
Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star said former Lakers assistant Brian Shaw chuckled at the prospect of becoming L.A.'s next head coach, and understandably so.
It's understandable that Brian Shaw just laughed when I mentioned the Lakers job to him at shootaround. Things ended ugly in LA for him.— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNBA) November 9, 2012
Mike Brown fired when the Lakers revealed his plans for success involved playing the Pistons 40 more times this season.— Michael Schottey (@Schottey) November 9, 2012
Apparently the Kobe death stare is the last step before getting fired. Mike Brown, we hardly knew ye.— Tom (@Haudricourt) November 9, 2012
Mike Freeman of CBS Sports had a much more clear analysis of the Lakers' decision to fire their head coach, who was just beginning his second year on the job.
Mike Brown fired. Total panic move. Idiotic.— mike freeman (@realfreemancbs) November 9, 2012
Former Magic coach Stan Van Gundy called the Lakers' firing of Mike Brown, "the most ridiculous firing in the history of the NBA."— Brian K. Schmitz (@MagicInsider) November 9, 2012
Bleacher Report Pop Culture Lead Writer Gabe Zaldivar put in his two cents, noting that something reeks in the Lakers' front office.
This smells of Phil Jackson's doing.— Gabe Zaldivar(@gabezal) November 9, 2012
Some early names thrown in the hat by sports fans include Jerry Sloan and Phil Jackson, but popular sports blog Got 'Em Coach outlined some key issues if either coach were to land the job.
Players today don't want to play for Jerry Sloan. He yells. A lot. Phil is not an option. Triangle takes time, and Nash wouldn't fit system.— Got 'Em Coach (@GotEm_Coach) November 9, 2012
One of the biggest names in Lakers history chimed in on the news, as basketball legend Magic Johnson took to Twitter to voice his support for the fired coach while remaining supportive of the franchise.
Feel bad for Coach Mike Brown, who's a great guy, but don't think he was the right guy for the job in the first place.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) November 9, 2012
Slam Magazine blogger Farmer Jones outlines that managing a plethora of large egos could've been Brown's biggest challenge that inevitably led to his downfall.
THE biggest challenge w/ this job is managing Kobe's ego, then all the other egos under him. Other than Phil, Kobe only one I see doing it.— Farmer Jones (@thefarmerjones) November 9, 2012
CBS Sports blogger Matt Moore, proprietor of basketball blog Hardwood Paroxysm, thinks that Brown's job was over before it even started.
Feel bad for Brown. Said last year there was no way to survive this. No one survives coming in after a legend.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) November 9, 2012
Seriously, Dwight's coach firing efficiency is THROUGH THE ROOF.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) November 9, 2012
Obviously, the sports world is displaying some mixed feelings overall on the Lakers' early decision to fire Mike Brown. Stay tuned to Bleacher Report's front page for the latest on this evolving saga.