Fair or Foul? Lakers Fire Coach Mike Brown

The second-year coach is dismissed earlier in the season than any coach in Lakers history. Is Brown the Lakers' scapegoat?

Five games. That’s how long Mike Brown lasted into his second season before being fired by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Fair or foul?

The Lakers added Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to the lineup this season, although Nash missed three games because of a finger injury.

But it sure seems like Lakers management gave Brown the finger—and pointed it toward the door.

The move comes a day after Kobe Bryant called himself Brown’s “biggest supporter.”

“I’m too old to deal with that stuff. I really am,” the Los Angeles Times reported Bryant saying. “I’m really too old to be dealing with childish things.”

Hmm, maybe as a non-childish leader on the Lakers, and Brown’s “biggest supporter,” Bryant could have gone to bat for the coach, who is believed to have been fired at the earliest point in the season in Lakers history. Word on the street is that Kobe’s not shy about voicing his opinion and trying to get what he wants.

What do you think? Was Brown the real problem in the Lakers’ 1-4 start, or is the coach just a scapegoat because players weren’t focused enough to make Brown’s playbook work?

And does the move indicate that the Lakers—even though they may be your favorite team—aren’t the same great team they once were?

tiny November 10, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Kurt Rambis would be a great choice. Here is who Kurt copied his style from: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJkHm2WtSsk
Peter Schelden (Editor) November 10, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Well, thanks to the 1st Amendment, we do get the whole story at least *some* of the time: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-runaway-general-20100622
Charles November 10, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Magic gave Westhead the "Death Stare" 30 years ago. Riley comes in and the Lakers won it all.
tiny November 10, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Andromeda November 10, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Nah, pro athletes are way overpaid. The fact that Kobe Bryant probably makes 20x's more than the best neurosurgeon in Orange County is a farce. Putting a ball through a hoop never produced anything of real value. People who complain about pro athlete salaries are spot on. If you want to spend $200 on a ticket so Kobe can buy his old lady a 4 oz rock knock yourself out. Just don't ask me to pay an extra $3/mo so you can watch him on TV. That's all.
mocker November 10, 2012 at 03:37 AM
I dont support pro sports either with the stupid sized salaries.. paying to see a jock. Also being part of the gangsta mob.. if they pay me then i will wear a jersey, otherwise i leave that to the fat baldys to wear the t-shirt dresses and the baggy pants mutants... that said.. pro sports like football and basketball are exciting. When i find a couple hours to kill then cool i watch. When we dont have a big war then sports heroes take the place of war heroes for youth. Thats fine. Thanks to this sports thread, I learned that Gen. Patreus was fired, so sports can teach you something. This Lakers coach tried to reinvent the wheel and the wheel spun him off.
Shripathi Kamath November 10, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Peter, I always knew that you were in the bag for Nobama. Here's the real story: http://bit.ly/UeMeTI How do I know it is real? It says Benghazi right in the headline.
Roz November 10, 2012 at 07:06 AM
Shripathi Kamath November 10, 2012 at 07:23 AM
Well said, 1lakerfan. People who complain about salaries of professional athletes are socialists like Nobama indulging in class warfare. The great senator from the great state of Arizona (no, not McCain) Jon Kyl (R-Capitalism) once spake thusly: "When Michael Jordan came, after he established how great he would be, he was given an enormous, almost unheard of salary. Did the other players say, 'That's not fair?' No, actually all the other players got big salary increases, too,the whole franchise did well, the people selling popcorn, the people parking the cars ... made more money than they ever would have had Michael Jordan never came to the team." And Kobe is better than Jordan [ducks] Nobody is forcing anyone to watch the Lakers. Don't like 'em? Change the channel to the 700 Club.
Max Debber November 10, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Mocker - Have you ever heard of a free market or supply and demand. Those who don't want to watch don't have to. Those that do will pay whatever the market price is. If it gets too high and people won't pay, the price comes down. By the way, those "overpaid" players spend their money and that benefits all.
Andromeda November 10, 2012 at 04:41 PM
The NBA players went on strike last year because they felt they weren't getting paid enough money! heh. Hilarious. And the idiot fans continue to pack Staple's Center to watch these spoiled brats who get paid millions to play a silly game. They insult the fans by disrupting the season to get MORE money - and the idiots continue to watch them. I hope they raise the general admission price of a ticket to $500. I know the fools will continue to pay it. I look at it like battered wife syndrome. No matter how much they're kicked around they keep coming back for more.
tiny November 10, 2012 at 04:51 PM
What they make is related to supply & demand and the economy - yes. Lets hear what Ron Paul thinks on the economy and maybe this can help us predict future player salary and the cost of a good coach: www.infowars.com/ron-paul-america-is-far-gone
Bobby Dias November 11, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Does this mean that the Lakers will stop being mean?
Shripathi Kamath November 11, 2012 at 01:06 AM
You know tiny, having *that* many sock-puppets gets to be a problem to protect the silly secret that you are a Tea Party principles advocate who wants to change. Socially conservative, fiscally...well who cares, look OBAMA IS A COMMIE! I'm sure you are not that dumb that you do not recognize that. But do carry on the charade, it is enchanting
tiny November 11, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Thanks for the compliments. Charade, yes partially. But Tea Party person wanting to change, no. Hey, I'm doing what most others are in not really revealing the deeper passions. I guess it's that we're trying to protect ourselves on some level.
Dawn November 11, 2012 at 06:51 AM
Too bad Obama wasn't held to the same performance criteria. The sheeple are stupid.
Shripathi Kamath November 11, 2012 at 07:21 AM
Hey, we should take what we get. Thankfully, Romney was. So were his campaign staffers. Their credit cards were cancelled as he delivered his concession speech. If they hadn't, they would have gotten a free ride back in a cab to their homes. Sends a message. "You do not get me elected, you do not have jobs, YOU GOT THAT!" Smart thinking there. Wonder if they'll do that to Meg Whitman who is running HP like a government. Stock has fallen to the lowest in several years, profits are low, employees had to be laid because, well let's say Obamacare, but HP's competitors are raking in big profits. I think Meg was fired. Nah, just kidding, she's fine, and I think she got some more stock options as incentive. ROMNEY RYAN PALIN 2016. Smaller, smarter, simpler.
Laker Fan November 11, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Phil Jackson is the only one that can coach the Lakers to victory. Jackson can get in Kobie's head and get him under control. Brown was the wrong choice for the job. Left to his own devices he would have destroyed the last remains of the Laker dynasty.
Dawn November 11, 2012 at 03:20 PM
You make Coach Brown sound like Obama.
tiny November 11, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Oh oh Shri, remember Watergate after Nixon got reelected: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwbhFc-ZEmE
Shripathi Kamath November 11, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Let me guess Alex, "What are two things equally wrong?" I'll take "Sock puppets for $200"
Shripathi Kamath November 11, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Yes because one was fired, and the other was re-elected to a second term. Wait, what?
tiny November 11, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Shri, I can understand you prefer Obama over Romney, but are you happy that Obama won?
Shripathi Kamath November 11, 2012 at 08:00 PM
If you can understand that I prefer Obama over Romney, why can't you answer your own question?
tiny November 11, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Well, an Obama win means .......... WAR! What do you think Benghazi's all about. Moving weapons from Libya to Syria. This is Obama's "war" without getting authority from Congress or the American people. After Syria, then to Iran .... . This ain't Bush or Romney - it's your choice dummy.
Shripathi Kamath November 11, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Shouldn't you use other sock puppets for this conspiracy, tiny? Or are they rehearsing birth certificate is hidden in Solyndra stories?
tiny November 11, 2012 at 08:33 PM
You're having a self dialog with phantoms in your head.
Shripathi Kamath November 11, 2012 at 08:38 PM
"You're having a self dialog with phantoms in your head." -- Says the one using multiple sockpuppets. lol
tiny November 11, 2012 at 09:48 PM
I think that's the 4th time you've said sockpuppets. This may be a peculiar activity with you that you feel guilty about and are projecting it on me, eh?
Wilber K November 12, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Obama can coach the Lakers in his spare time. He may need to take a second job. The country is broke.


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