So, the Mike Brown Error is officially over. After a grand total of 71 regular season games (think about that, not even one complete regular NBA season), Brown has been fired as the Los Angeles Lakers coach.
Now, the real intrigue begins. First and foremost (and second most), who is going to be the permanent replacement for Brown? In the interim, it will be long-traveled head coach/assistant Bernie Bickerstaff. But there is absolutely no chance he'll be the coach by Thanksgiving.
So, who could be the new Laker head man?
I have some theories of my own. Before I delve into them, let me say I'd be shocked if Phil Jackson comes out of retirement to coach this team again. While there are so many cosmetic upgrades from 2011, in many ways it is the same team overall (too slow, not good enough defensively). There's no question that Mitch Kupchak will kick the tires more than once to try and lure Jackson out of retirement.
However, don't hold your breath for the third go-round with the Zen Master. That means, the next Lakers coach has come to the table with two things: First, he has to be a respected leader. Brown's biggest fault was that he just didn't seem to have the cache necessary to fill such a high-profile coaching position. Second, the guy has to be a pro coach.
Any notion of someone like Mike Krzyzewski, John Calipari or Billy Donovan being plucked out of the college game is laughable, particularly with the timing.
Therefore, the next Lakers coach will be a current assistant or a former head coach presently not coaching elsewhere.
That is what makes it so intriguing. But enough of the exposition, let's get to the plot...here's number five.