Nov 9, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT
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 ESPN.com 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 ESPN.com 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.
Jul 11, 2014, 5:27 PM EDT
Bosh would give up more than $35 million to leave Miami for Houston, but maybe LeBron James’ departure convinces him to do so
Jul 11, 2014, 5:21 PM EDT
Wade is from Chicago, so there may be a desire to return home — the same way it was with LeBron and the Cavaliers.
Jul 11, 2014, 4:47 PM EDT
LeBron needs to win in Cleveland (not this season, but eventually) to secure his legacy.
Jul 11, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT
Rockets need New Orleans to figure out how to get Asik before Chandler Parsons’ clock expires
Jul 11, 2014, 4:25 PM EDT
Both sides had some apologizing to do.
Deal set: Lakers trade for Jeremy Lin, which for L.A. is largely about draft pick (as is Gasol for Boozer idea)
Jul 11, 2014, 4:24 PM EDT
The Lakers lack draft picks — they traded them for Gasol and Nash — and are now making moves to acquire more.
Jul 11, 2014, 3:41 PM EDT
Lakers making moves that take them off the table, unless he wants less than the max.
Jul 11, 2014, 3:34 PM EDT
Steve Kerr wants to coach Warriors team as constructed
Jul 11, 2014, 3:02 PM EDT
Chris Bosh unscathed… for now
Report: With LeBron James heading to Cleveland, Kevin Love would commit to Cavaliers long term if traded there
Jul 11, 2014, 2:50 PM EDT
Will Cavaliers trade Andrew Wiggins?
Jul 11, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT
Dumping Lin is key step for Rockets getting Chris Bosh
Jul 11, 2014, 1:39 PM EDT
Gilbert could take a lesson just in case LeBron leaves Cleveland again
Jul 11, 2014, 1:34 PM EDT
The free agency flood gates are about to open.
Jul 11, 2014, 1:07 PM EDT
LeBron: ‘ I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?’
Jul 11, 2014, 12:54 PM EDT
“My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.” —LeBron James
Jul 11, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT
LeBron leaving Heat after four seasons
Report: After cross-country plane flight with him, Dwyane Wade doesn’t know what LeBron James will do
Jul 11, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT
Another sign this could drag on a while longer.
Jul 11, 2014, 10:46 AM EDT
Landing Parsons would squeeze some of the money for other Dallas role players.
Jul 11, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT
Could such a leak be LeBron setting up a reason to reject Cavaliers and return to Heat?
Jul 11, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT
If Carmelo chooses New York or Chicago, the Lakers should wait for the next big star.
- Report: Heat offer Chris Bosh full max contract to keep him from Rockets 0
- PBT Extra: LeBron James returns to Cleveland to try and cement legacy 3
- Deal set: Lakers trade for Jeremy Lin, which for L.A. is largely about draft pick (as is Gasol for Boozer idea) 18
- Carmelo Anthony still not ready to decide, but he needs to soon as options dry up 38
- Report: With LeBron James heading to Cleveland, Kevin Love would commit to Cavaliers long term if traded there 57
- Report: Lakers finalizing trade for Rockets’ Jeremy Lin 66
- LeBron to Cleveland first domino, what’s next? Bosh to Rockets, and much more 63
- LeBron James in his own words on why he chose Cleveland 95