Mike Brown Fired as Lakers Head Coach on Friday, November 9, 2012 after 1-4 start in 2012-13 season. Who’s the Next Lakers Coach?
Asst. Coach Bernie Bickerstaff will coach tonight’s 9 November LA Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors but the Lakers will conduct a national search to replace Mike Brown.
USA Today first reported Brown’s firing: In conversations on Thursday, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak made a case to Lakers owner Jerry Buss and executive vice president Jim Buss to give Brown more time before deciding to fire him, sources told Y! Sports. Brown also made a case to management that he could get the Lakers into championship contention, sources said.
Los Angeles Lakers ownership made clear that buying out the remaining three years on Brown’s original $18 million four year contract wasn’t an obstacle to making a coaching change.
Within the organization, there was a sense that Brown has frayed his connection to the locker room with long practices and game-day shootarounds, sources said. Brown began to address that issue recently with shortened sessions.
Ramona Shelburne Sports columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com talks about the Lakers firing Mike Brown after a 1-4 start to the season.
source; Yahoo! Sports