ESPN.com is reporting that Mike Brown has been fired as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, and it could not have been done at a more appropriate time by the struggling powerhouse that still has playoff aspirations.
This follows news that Brown was on the hot seat after his 1-4 start at the helm of the new-look Lakers.
The Lakers spent a great amount of money to improve the team to compete for championships now.
Looking at the roster, Kobe, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash are not getting any younger.
This team is clearly built to win now, and Brown was not winning now.
The Lakers have disappointing losses to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz. In each of these performances, viewers continued to ask the same question: When are the Lakers going to turn it around?
The simple answer to that question was that they would never turn it around under Brown.
It was not just the fact that the Lakers stuttered out of the gate that sealed Brown’s fate though.
As previously said, Brown was simply not the right coach to lead this team through its problems.
The Lakers have looked dismal on defense and like strangers on offense.
This goes back to last season when sources claim players had a closed-door meeting to discuss whether or not to move away from Brown’s offense and back to the triangle (h/t ESPN).
Simply put, Brown has never had control over this team. This team belongs to Kobe Bryant.
To turn around their season, the Lakers needed to cut ties with Brown, and now, they will look to replace him with someone who can do more with this loaded roster.
Potential candidates include Mike D’Antoni, Jerry Sloan, Phil Jackson and possibly even Don Nelson.
Each of these candidates would be better served to run this team than Brown was, and fans would see an instant improvement on both ends of the floor.
D’Antoni coached Nash for several years in Phoenix. Their previous relationship would allow Nash to take a more central role in the offense where he has been stagnant when healthy. Nash does not play well off the ball, and he would certainly thrive in D’Antoni's offensive system once again.
Looking at Sloan, Jackson and Nelson, the one thing that they all have in common is that they are time-tested and well-respected. They would not allow the distractions that Brown brought to the Lakers organization. They would demand respect from the players, and for that reason, they could get the best out of this all-star team.
All in all, Lakers fans should rejoice in the recent firing of Brown. When you don’t get your job done right, you deserve to get axed, and the Lakers will certainly benefit greatly under a new coach in the not-so-distant future.