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  1. Firing Mike Brown not just the right decision, it was the only decision

    Nov 9, 2012, 5:18 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    When the Lakers relieved head coach Mike Brown of his duties on Friday morning, legitimate questions about the timing of such a major decision were certain to arise. Why now? Isn’t the team overreacting a bit after just five games? The short answers are one, because it was clear that this was going to get…

  2. Lakers reserve guard Devin Ebanks arrested for DUI

    Nov 9, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Because the Lakers didn’t have enough things to deal with today… Lakers backup swingman Devin Ebanks was arrested early Friday morning (late Thursday night for you partiers) on suspicion of drunk driving, the Los Angeles Times reports. Ebanks, 23, was pulled over at 2:49 a.m. in the Hollywood area by California Highway Patrol officers and…

  3. Lakers GM Kupchak says it’s win now and Brown wasn’t doing that

    Nov 9, 2012, 4:38 PM EDT

    Mitch Kupchak

    The Lakers did not go out and get Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to have a team that was going to take a while to maybe come together. Their model wasn’t the 2010 Miami Heat, who started 9-8 but stuck with Erik Spoelstra and didn’t have Pat Riley coming to take his job. The Lakers…

  4. Kobe posts comments on Mike Brown’s firing to his Facebook page

    Nov 9, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant and his “death stare” likely had nothing to do with the fact that the Lakers pulled the trigger and dismissed Mike Brown on Friday, but it probably didn’t help much, either. While publicly Bryant couldn’t have been more supportive of Brown and the job he was trying to do, the reality is that…

  5. Mike Brown releases polite statement on being fired by Lakers

    Nov 9, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

    Mike Brown, Kobe Bryant

    If you know him or have listened to Mike Brown speak, you knew he wasn’t going all “Stan Van Gundy on the Magic” when he decided to speak on being fired by the Lakers Friday. Heck, he wasn’t even going to go Stan Van Gundy on the Lakers. Rather, he was polite. “I have great…

  6. Did the Lakers overreact in firing Mike Brown?

    Nov 9, 2012, 3:39 PM EDT

    Mike Brown

    The Lakers making a move to fire a head coach this quickly is nearly unprecedented. Back in 1982, they did relieve Paul Westhead of his duties, but that was directly related to an acrimonious relationship with Magic Johnson. Franchise players almost always take priority over the head coach, even ones that have won a championship.…

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

    Nov 9, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    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…

  8. Stan Van Gundy says Brown’s firing ‘the most ridiculous in NBA history’

    Nov 9, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    When the Lakers fired Mike Brown on Friday, the next logical step was to wonder who the team would end up getting to replace him as head coach. It won’t be Stan Van Gundy, despite his credentials. Now a contributor for the NBC Sports Radio Network, his messy divorce from Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic…

  9. Plenty of big names available to be Lakers next coach. Here’s a list.

    Nov 9, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    When the Lakers take the court Friday night to take on the banged up Golden State Warriors, Bernie Bickerstaff will coach the Los Angeles Lakers. Who will coach the team in a couple of weeks is a different question entirely. The Lakers have fired Mike Brown — when Kobe gives you a death stare it…

  10. Lakers fire coach Mike Brown five games into season

    Nov 9, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

    Mike Brown

    I guess he doesn’t get a home stand to work this out. The Lakers have fired Mike Brown, as first reported by Sam Amick of USA Today (who got it from Brown’s agent) and now the Lakers have confirmed this. Brown had three years left on a guaranteed $18 million deal. To eat all that…

  11. Jamal Crawford says he ‘deserved to get booed’ by Blazers fans

    Nov 9, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT

    jamal-crawford-blazers-clippers

    Saying last season was a disappointment in Portland is like calling the Titanic a minor boating accident. There isn’t enough hyperbole there to do it justice. The Blazers were a talented team a season ago, but dealt with all kinds of locker room trouble that resulted in a complete dismantling of the club that began…

  12. It’s safe to watch Hornets again — Davis cleared to return to team Friday

    Nov 9, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis, Monty Williams

    If you want to know just how much the Hornets missed Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers in the lineup, go back and New Orleans’ loss to Philadelphia from Wednesday. If you can stomach it. The Hornets scored 62 points total and had more turnovers (24) than made baskets (23). So this is good news —…

  13. Carmelo Anthony delivers food and supplies to hurricane victims

    Nov 9, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    US forward Carmelo Anthony celebrates af

    The NBA mandates a certain amount of community involvement from its teams and players through the league’s NBA Cares program. It’s a solid way for the athletes to give back to communities in need, without having to go through the trouble to organize these efforts themselves. It’s even better when a player, especially a superstar…

  14. Don’t blame Princeton. If Lakers turn it around it’s all about turnovers.

    Nov 9, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Don’t blame Princeton. National pundits and Lakers fans are hammering Lakers coach Mike Brown and the Princeton offense — Charles Barkley said he wants his accountants from Princeton, not his offense. It’s to the point Brown’s job could be threatened if the Lakers don’t have a strong home stand. All this even though it was…

  15. 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

    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…

  16. LaMarcus Aldridge doesn’t think he’s shooting too many jumpers, but thanks for asking

    Nov 9, 2012, 10:43 AM EDT

    Lamarcus Aldridge Wesley Matthews

    The Blazers have a new head coach, a lower overall talent level, and a couple of rookies who they’re going to get as much experience as possible in what is slated as a rebuilding year in Portland by just about everyone’s standards. The team still has Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews and LaMarcus Aldridge, of course,…

  17. Really, Lakers fans? Mike Brown’s son gets death threat.

    Nov 9, 2012, 10:26 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    You keep hearing that Lakers fans are really freaking out about the team’s 1-4 start and how they are blaming Mike Brown for it all. He’s not Phil Jackson, he brought in the Princeton offense (at Kobe Bryant’s urging, but still) and he has a track record of not being able to take a young…

  18. New Celtics learn the hard way: Driving in Boston sucks

    Nov 9, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

    boston gridlock

    If you’re not from Boston and you visit there (and you should), I have two words for you: Mass Transit. Take the T. Walk, Boston is a very walkable city. Take cabs. Take the dang Duckboat. But think twice about driving. I’m from Los Angeles and I don’t like driving in Boston. There are a…

  19. Heat’s ball movement has team talking hockey assists

    Nov 9, 2012, 8:41 AM EDT

    Heat forward James looks to pass under pressure from Celtics forward Bass during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    LeBron James gets the ball on the wing and drives, blowing past his man and toward the lane and quickly the rotations start and the defense collapses on him. LeBron draws the defense in then kicks it out to Dwyane Wade who quickly makes the extra pass to Ray Allen in the left corner. He…

  20. Video: Meyers Leonard was throwing it down on Clippers

    Nov 9, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    You don’t get a Los Angeles Clippers game without some monster dunks. We know what to expect, and we got it… From Meyers Leonard. Wait, what? Yup, it was Trail Blazers rookie Meyers Leonard who got four of his eight points on the night with powerful dunks. I’m not sure this game was exactly a…

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