Lakers Rumor: Would LA Benefit from Parting Ways with Coach Mike Brown?

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IINovember 1, 2012

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Mike Brown’s seat just got hotter after the Los Angeles Lakers struggled and lost their home opener to the Dirk Nowitzki-less Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night. It got even worse after they dropped their second-consecutive game Wednesday to the Portland Trail Blazers to begin the season 0-2.

Last season, Lakers’ legend Magic Johnson said Mike Brown would not be coaching the team if they lost their Game 7 matchup against the Denver Nuggets.

"His job will go," Johnson said, according to blogger Royce Young of CBSSports.com. "The Lakers are about championships. That's what the Lakers are about. if they lose this game, Mike Brown, I bet you, will not be sitting there."

Well, the team ended up winning that series but was embarrassed in the next round by the Oklahoma City Thunder in just five games.

Johnson certainly doesn’t have any authority in Los Angeles. However, he isn’t the only one who has been open about his opinion of the job Brown is doing in L.A.

Now, those talks from a season ago are already beginning after the team lost every preseason game and its home opener to Dallas.

“No fewer detractors were calling for his head after the opener, to say the least,” Josh Martin, B/R’s NBA Lead Writer, said on Wednesday.

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Brown was let go in Cleveland after failing to win a championship with the LeBron James-led Cavaliers.

If the pressure got too big there, it’s undoubtedly going to rise with the microscope being on significantly more microscopic in media central Los Angeles.

There may not be any credible concerns for Mike Brown to start worrying about his job security already, but the questions aren’t going to stop until the Lakers start winning consistently and ultimately bring another NBA Championship to the City of Angels.

They’re targets now, with everyone in the league gunning for them.

Dallas Mavericks’ outspoken owner Mark Cuban said his peace before his team edged out the new-look Lakers in the season opener on Tuesday.

“I don’t know, I don’t care, I just hope they suck,” Cuban said, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com.

One thing is very likely in Los Angeles, Mike Brown will continue to be the scapegoat if the Lakers don’t start performing to the level everyone thinks they should be at.

That’s just the nature of the deal that comes along with coaching in a city like L.A. with the expectations that are in place because of the group of players that they’ve assembled there.

But is Brown the problem? Is there even a problem?

His new Princeton offense may be slowly developing and hasn’t take off just quite yet, but Brown certainly shouldn’t be held responsible for every err by the Lakers.

Browns’ best bet is to be flexible, much more so than last season, and leave a lot of the spotlight on his high-profile players.


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