Well, Lakers fans, it's finally happened, albeit a lot earlier than anyone expected.
According to Sam Amick of USA Today, head coach Mike Brown has been fired on the heels of tonight's game against the Golden State Warriors. No immediate replacement has been named, but it has been reported that assistant Bernie Bickerstaff will take over on an interim basis.
Who replaces Brown in the long-term will be a hot topic of debate moving forward. In an earlier report by ESPN's Marc Stein, a list of potential replacements in the event of Brown's firing was discussed. From Lakers legend Phil Jackson to the offensive-minded Mike D'Antoni to the always animated Van Gundy brothers, the battle for the Lakers' head coaching position has no clear-cut winner.
With so many big names available, it will be hard for GM Mitch Kupchak and team owner Jerry Buss to reach an ultimate decision. That said, these are the top guys for the job.