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Why now? If Lakers wanted to fire Brown they should have done it last summer.

Nov 9, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

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Why now?

Why fire Mike Brown five games into a season when he had his new, expensive, high-powered starting lineup for just one game? And not all of training camp.

It’s not something from those five games alone, it goes back longer than that. Longer than preseason. If Lakers management didn’t think Brown was right for this job, they should have fired him last summer. That’s when you make your sweeping changes, not mid-season when the new coach is behind the 8-ball trying to catch up. Firing a coach five games into a season is admitting you made a mistake before but didn’t want to correct it then.

Lakers management wasn’t being proactive, they reached for the panic button. Proactive would have been making a move in July.

I can appreciate the argument why this was the right move in a big picture way — the Lakers were in full win-now mode following getting Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to go with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.

If you want to say that the Lakers looked ugly — with turnovers and sloppy defense — in their 1-4 start, you’d be right. If you want to say Mike Brown might not be the right coach for this group of players, I’m not even going argue with you that much. If you want to say he couldn’t turn it around, you could very well have a point.

But then you don’t let him plan all summer and hire new lead assistant Eddie Jordan to bring in the Princeton offense. You don’t watch in silence as he spends all training camp working on said offense.

And you don’t watch him start the season then decide it’s time to pull the rug out from under him. I still think this had to come after some push from the players, but that doesn’t make the timing any better.

To give Mike Brown just five regular season games, one with his full starting five (following a training camp loaded with injuries), then decide he can’t do the job is just an overreaction. A knee jerk reaction to a problem that they didn’t solve over the summer. This is not the kind of reaction we expect from the Lakers, who are generally proactive and well thought out. They are patient and smart, but this was neither. (Actually, the really smart move would have been to hire Rick Adelman instead of Brown, but that ship has sailed.)

Brown may have had to go, but that should have happened months ago if it was the case. So the question remains:

Why now?

  1. ajonesmc931 - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Haha!! Lakers suck. And I find it hilarious!

  2. bstroum - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    My take is that mgt wanted to give Brown a chance with the new lineup to see what he could do before they ate his $18m contract. He proved what they were suspecting – he’s a mediocre, unimaginative coach who really wasn’t up to the task of managing superstar talent. The rotations this season have been horrific. For those people who say that he’s only 5 games into the season, give the guy a chance…Brown’s record extends back to last year and his uninspired coaching in the post-season. That combined with this season’s string of losses is reason enough to boot him. Bring in the Mustache or the Guru!

    • manchestermiracle - Nov 9, 2012 at 8:19 PM

      And a good take it is, exposing the poor analysis of the article while offering a much more plausible explanation. Add in training camp and a dismally win-less preseason to graphically illustrate why now is as good a time as any to can Brown.

  3. marcusfitzhugh - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    When the 2011/2012 season ended, everyone knew Howard was leaving Orlando. The Lakers were obviously a possible landing spot. It seems to me they may have kept Mike Brown for stability. Or the appearance thereof.

    It’s one thing to fire your coach after Dwight Howard arrives and things aren’t clicking.

    It’s quite a bit different to (1) Hire Mike Brown in 2011. (2) Fire him after one season. (3) Bring in another new head coach. (4) Then get Howard. (5) Then see if the new coach is a good fit.

    In the first scenario, the Lakers tried and it didn’t work out (what bstroum said). The second scenario is a much bigger mess.

    At this point, the Lakers want / really need Howard to sign a new deal. If firing Mike Brown gets them there, so be it.

    • bstroum - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      Good points. And WTF was Jodie Meeks not getting minutes!?

    • lakerfan4life - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:06 PM

      I don’t see this as some great big conspiracy. I think the Lakers thought they could succeed with MB. But I think as they kept losing games (including all the pre-season games), MB was starting to panic and started making bad decisions.

      It started in the game against the Pistons where he put Kobe, Pau, and Dwight back in the game unnecessarily. That was a panicky move, which risked further injuries to the stars who are already not 100%! Then he’s talked about replacing Meeks with MWP at shooting guard? WTF? And in this last game against Utah, he played Kobe, Dwight, and Pau, each about 37 minutes. And he didn’t play Meeks at all!

      I think Mitch and Jimmy could see that MB was getting nervous about his job status and making desperate moves. It was time to let him go.

  4. misterdreamer119 - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Beautiful, a wasted season for the LA fakers!

  5. magicbucs - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Dwight’s not staying after this season lol
    I’m sure he’s tired of drama already. Epic fail for the lakers and for Dwight Coward.

  6. delusionalcardsfan - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Go SUNS! 😀

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