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Report: Mike Brown’s job in ‘immediate jeopardy’ if Lakers upcoming homestand is unsuccessful

Nov 9, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

Mike Brown, Kobe Bryant AP

UPDATE, Nov. 9 1:21 p.m. ET: Welp.

The Lakers’ 1-4 start has had fans clamoring for Mike Brown to be replaced as head coach, and with somewhat good reason.

While the team has given Brown a public vote of confidence, it seems that the time for being patient will come to an end should the team falter against an easy home schedule over the next eleven days.

Marc Stein of has the particulars:

An unsuccessful homestand for the Los Angeles Lakers, as they settle into Staples Center for the next six games, would put the job of Lakers coach Mike Brown in immediate jeopardy, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources told that the Lakers, while having publicly expressed support for Brown in the wake of a 1-4 start, have privately grown sufficiently concerned about the state of the team to the point that management is prepared to look seriously at a coaching change at this early juncture if L.A. can’t take advantage of what looks to be multiple winnable games in the upcoming stretch.

The schule during that stretch features home games against Golden State, Sacramento, San Antonio, Phoenix, Houston, and Brooklyn. Two out of the first three should be gimmes — although when we’re talking about a team with four losses in its first five games, maybe we should be a little more conservative.

San Antonio would appear to be a tough team to get over on, especially if coaching is indeed the root problem in L.A. when it would be facing the well-oiled machine that is the Gregg Popovich-led Spurs. Phoenix shouldn’t be able to pose much of a threat, and Houston and Brooklyn are hit or miss, but are also opponents who the Lakers should be able to flex some muscle against considering that loaded roster.

Ultimately, Lakers fans simply want the team to win games that it’s supposed to win; no one wants to risk upheaval at the head coaching spot without knowing who the Lakers brain trust might decide to bring in as a replacement.

But this report is good news for those wanting the organization to be as apoplectic about the slow start as they are, because it seems that now, either of the two possible scenarios in play — immediate improvement, or firing the head coach — would satisfy even the team’s most rabid fans.

  1. zacksdad - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Nice knowing Mike, I would like to welcome you to Jerry Sloan your replacement.

    • manchestermiracle - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM

      Yeah, how many times in how many sports have we heard the “confidence” thing from management right before they can somebody?

  2. shockexchange - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:35 AM


  3. paulhargis53 - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    What makes you think Sloan would accept?

    He didn’t want to deal with Deron and his ego, why would he want to deal with the Kobe/Dwightmare issue?!

    It’s not the coaching. It’s the old starting lineup not meshing well and a crap bench getting outscored. In Utah it was like 38 to 12 in bench points. Those aren’t exact #’s, but its a wide margin.

    I do love seeing the panic and angst though.
    Just remember. Kobe picked this offense.

    • smoothaswilkes - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      Have you even watched the Lakers play? If so, you wouldn’t discount the fact it’s the coaching. He has no set rotations, holds nobody accountable to run his sets, offense or defense. Here is the perfect example, the front office goes out and signs Jodie Meeks to backup Kobe. Everyone thinks it’s a great pickup. Where is Meeks? At the end of the bench watching Ron Artest playing backup 2. Enough said.

      Time for Mike Brown to become a really well paid scout, just like Rudy T.

    • manchestermiracle - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      Sloan would accept for two obvious reasons:

      1) He wants a ring, and
      2) He made Stockton/Malone household names while running other teams into the ground with the pick-and-roll.

      Now with Nash and Howard or Gasol, Sloan could revive that dominating offense. This would simplify things for the Lakers on that end of the court, resulting in a dramatic drop in turnovers, thus cutting down on the oppositions’ fast-break opportunities.

      Yes, it is the coaching. When you have the lineup the Lakers possess and you choose to bring in Eddie Jordan in order to run the offense you had in Cleveland, despite the obvious fact Nash has made the pick-and-roll work very well for years, one can only conclude that it is indeed the coaching.

      Keep enjoying the “panic and angst,” you certainly seem to be the type that lives for others’ failures, the kind of person that hasn’t got the balls to take any risks of your own.

      • escapingexile - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        Well said and interpreted in regards to the Lakers and PH. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out with the pieces they have why the Princeton is necessary. They’d have been ten times better off turning to a playground/all-star game type of offense. Why the need for complication? Princeton and the triangle are both useful offenses when you don’t have a solid point guard that can create the necessary space just by doing what they do. Unless you are a guru of either offense (and by guru I am pretty much explicitly implying Phil Jackson in the triangle) then you have no business running either with this type of a lineup.

  4. abchome - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Better sooner than later.

  5. hoodheisman - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Phil Jackson…..

  6. willcoop62 - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Sloan won’t take that gig, but look for them to revisit Brin Shaw, who should be coaching this team right now.

    • madnova - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      From the Princeton offense to the triangle?

      Why did they trade for Nash, again?

  7. misterdreamer119 - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    No phil! That means theyd win again. Keep mike brown.

    • cosanostra71 - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      he’s gone

  8. rueg10 - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    he just got fired anyway

  9. jimsjam33 - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Byron Scott or Brian Shaw . Hurry Up !

  10. thetooloftools - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Jim Rome just announced that USA TODAY has reported that Brown has been fired.

  11. spthegr8 - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    BREAKING NEWS………..Coach Brown is GONE!!!!!!! Just got fired. THANK THE LORD!!!!!!!!!!!! My prayers have been answered.

  12. paulhargis53 - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:22 PM


    Nice selective amnesia. No blame for Kobe. Fire the coach, yeah, yeah, that’s the ticket.

    I wouldn’t presume to know anything about me and/or my balls.

    I will enjoy this stinking mess of a situation, your fanbase deserves it. Bunch of loudmouth, know nothing, entitled cretins.

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