Earlier Friday, sources had told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein that the team was using its upcoming six-game homestand to evaluate Brown, but after numerous discussions over the past 48 hours, Lakers management came to a unanimous decision that the team wasn’t heading in the right direction.
With enormous expectations to start the season, injuries to Steve Nash and a lack of bench production left the Lakers at the bottom of the Pacific Division and with one of the worst starts in franchise history. Brown’s offseason implementation of the Princeton offense drew mixed reviews and less than desirable results, culminating in a 95-86 loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. Further issues also played a role in the firing, per Yahoo! Sports:
Within the organization, there was a sense that Brown has frayed his connection to the locker room with long practices and game-day shootarounds, sources said. Brown began to address that issue recently with shortened sessions.
Assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff announced to coach tonight’s game against the Golden State Warriors, but the Lakers have noted that there will be a “national search to replace Mike Brown”, per Mike Breshnahan of the Los Angeles Times.
Additionally, sources have told Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski that “Mike D’Antoni has been a prominent name discussed as replacement.” D’Antoni is currently recovering from knee surgery and would be out until December should the Lakers consider him for the vacancy.
We’ll keep you updated as more information comes in.