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Brown out in LA points to more dysfunction with Lakers

Nothing like firing a coach a whole five games into the season to get everybody in a tizzy. But then, these are the Lakers, explains Steve Dilbeck.

Mike Brown cannot argue that the winless pre-season and 1-4 start in the regular season had many worried in Los Angeles that he was not the man for the job with the Lakers.
Mike Brown cannot argue that the winless pre-season and 1-4 start in the regular season had many worried in Los Angeles that he was not the man for the job with the Lakers.

 

Nothing like firing a coach all of five games into the season to get everybody in a tizzy. But then, these are the Lakers, whose every breath is magnified like the solution to cold fusion.

Still, firing Mike Brown after a 1-4 start managed a manic response even by their standards.

"They're panicking! He had his starters together all of 1 games. Why fire him now when they could have in May? A knee-jerk reaction by a franchise in chaos!"

Then there were those who saw reason winning the day.

"Mike Brown was just killing this team. What exactly was he doing trying to install the Princeton offence? What next, the two-handed set shot? Had to happen."

It made for an ugly, unseemly firing, but that is not to say it wasn't 100 per cent the right thing to do for a team built to win now.

The real fault in all this was the hiring of Brown in the first place. Jim Buss, son of ageing owner Jerry Buss, apparently made the hire.

Brown seemed out of place from the get-go, and not the personality to wrangle the likes of superstars Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol into a cohesive unit.

Speculation immediately turned to bringing back Phil Jackson for a third go-round, at age 67. Instead it is Mike D'Antoni, who recently walked away from the Knicks, who was named the next coach of the Lakers.

D'Antoni is reunited with Nash but goes to LA with a reputation for being unable to control his stars in New York, where had only two of them, not four.

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