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November 09, 2012

Lakers Fire Mike Brown: Dream Team, Nightmare, etc.

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 01:37 PM - 18 comments

What took so long?

posted by hardrane at 02:13 PM on November 09

phaedon: I'm not sure why you have Kobe's name there. That quote was from Jim Buss.

posted by grum@work at 02:23 PM on November 09

Kobe Bryant: Hey Dwight, wanna see how to get a coach fired?

That's a fake quote... maybe.

posted by tron7 at 02:44 PM on November 09

Inevitable given the recent Stare of Death:

http://cjzero.com/gifs/KobeStaresBrown.gif

posted by aerotive at 03:25 PM on November 09

Took Howard at least a full season to get his last coach fired.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:32 PM on November 09

Lakers to be helmed by doppelganger stunt team of Rambis, Tim Floyd, and Harrison Ford.

posted by beaverboard at 03:50 PM on November 09

Whoops my bad. I get Buss and Bryant confused all the time.

posted by phaedon at 04:09 PM on November 09

Old saying: "Patience is a virtue".

A lack of patience is understandable in a city where virtue is sometimes hard to come by. Mike Brown does not have the reputation as one who does well coaching stars, but 5 games is ridiculous. Truly, the inmates are running the asylum here.

posted by Howard_T at 04:21 PM on November 09

I hear Ozzie Guillen needs a job. Just sayin'.

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:29 PM on November 09

I get Buss and Bryant confused all the time.

That's a relief. I was wondering what the hell it mattered whether Kobe's dad was behond Brown.

posted by tahoemoj at 06:46 PM on November 09

Truly, the inmates are running the asylum here.

The insistence on running an offence that doesn't use the talents you have to the best of their ability doesn't take long to figure out. Steve Nash was essentially useless in his brief time. You have Gasol and Howard who will be able to play pick and roll for days and you're running a Princeton offence?

Brown should've been replaced in the offseason when they brought in new personnel. D'Antoni might be a good fit for the team as it stands.

posted by dfleming at 09:24 PM on November 09

Just for the record, unless I'm wrong - Steve Nash only played two games.

posted by phaedon at 12:15 AM on November 10

Having said that, using this season to rebuild a new offense is kind of ridiculous.

posted by phaedon at 12:21 AM on November 10

If you have so little confidence in a coach that he's fired after five games, why go into the season with him at all? Unless I'm mistaken, Brown never got to coach a game with Nash and Howard at 100 percent.

posted by rcade at 07:56 AM on November 10

Unless I'm mistaken, Brown never got to coach a game with Nash and Howard at 100 percent.

Opening night, plus a couple of preseason games. You can say that the preseason doesn't mean anything, but going winless and stumbling out of the gate sounds the alarm a little. I agree he shouldn't have started the season as their coach; the personnel they have would be better suited in a different system.

posted by dfleming at 08:24 AM on November 10

I don't get the mix there. Kobe, who needs the ball 70 percent of the possessions. Nash, who is only effective if he has the ball leading a running team, and won't have the ball because Kobe needs it. Howard and Gasol, who don't run well. Gasol, a good inside option who doesn't get the ball inside, and will see less of it now because Howard and his ego needs to be fed, even though he's nowhere near the offensive presence that Gasol is.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:02 AM on November 10

Seems a bit drastic. The Heat took about 20 games before they started to play well together and went to the finals thereafter, so some patience would seem to be an appropriate response to a slow start, but Brown's calling card is defense and the Lakers are terrible defensively, both this year and last. Their offense wasn't nearly as problematic.

That and they think they can get Phil back, which they would likely know about before this firing and would put all but a few coaches on the firing block, regardless of record.

I don't get the mix there. Kobe, who needs the ball 70 percent of the possessions. Nash, who is only effective if he has the ball leading a running team, and won't have the ball because Kobe needs it. Howard and Gasol, who don't run well. Gasol, a good inside option who doesn't get the ball inside, and will see less of it now because Howard and his ego needs to be fed, even though he's nowhere near the offensive presence that Gasol is.

I get the mix, I think the problem is they're so top heavy, if one of the big four goes down for any long period of time, they don't really have any plug-ins that work - especially in the back court. Blake is terrible, and I can't even remember who would back up Kobe without looking it up. They can probably absorb Gasol or Howard going down better than Nash or Kobe. The goal this season should be to get time together as a unit and make sure everyone is good to go heading into the playoffs. I can't imagine them not making the playoffs, but I would be surprised if they had a better regular season record then the Spurs or Thunder, or even (gasp) the Clippers. How about an all LA first or second round?

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 01:26 AM on November 12

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