Mike Brown Fired: Twitter Reacts to Lakers' Early-Season Dismissal

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Mike Brown Fired: Twitter Reacts to Lakers' Early-Season Dismissal
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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.

Sam Amick of USA Today broke the news first, followed by Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports. 

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. 

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.

Another name thrown into the hat has been 70-year-old Jerry Sloan, who told Utah Jazz radio analyst David Locke that he has nothing to say about the position.

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.

Bleacher Report's NFL Lead Writer Michael Schottey poked fun at the Lakers' lone win this season, which came against the hapless Detroit Pistons.

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel saw some foreshadowing in the iconic "death stare" given by Kobe Bryant just days before Brown was canned.

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.

Former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy, who was in a similar situation just months ago, had some harsh words on the situation for Brian K. Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel.

Bleacher Report Pop Culture Lead Writer Gabe Zaldivar put in his two cents, noting that something reeks in the Lakers' front office.

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.

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.

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.

CBS Sports blogger Matt Moore, proprietor of basketball blog Hardwood Paroxysm, thinks that Brown's job was over before it even started.

Moore pointed out another interesting dynamic: Could Dwight Howard's best overall talent be getting his head coaches fired?

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.

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