NBA Report: Former Cavaliers coach Mike Brown fired by Lakers

The USA Today broke the story just after 1pm EST-

“Mike Brown has been fired by the Los Angeles Lakers, according to his agent Warren Legarie. The Lakers are off to a 1-4 start and will play Golden State tonight at the Staples Center.”

Brown has a career coaching record of 314-167 (.653).

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  • NoVA Buckeye

    I only have one question for Mike Brown:

    Kobe or LeBron? Who is better?

  • Steve

    Talk about a Browns move right here. Nash has barely played more than one game with them, Howard’s back is still not right, and even if they were, it takes some time to get all the pieces working together at first. Remember when the Heat started out 9-8, and that was with their whole lineup healthy?

    And if he was so close to getting fired that a bad 5 game stretch puts him over the edge, they should have just fired him in the offseason and gotten a much better coach than whoever the interim is.

    Note: all of the above is considered moot if Phil Jackson just decided that he’s willing to come back.

  • mgbode

    what the heck?

    i’m going to extend this to
    the Browns situation. either you fully believe in your HC or you don’t.
    if Lakers management didn’t fully believe in Mike Brown this past
    offseason (obviously they did not), then they should have fired him

    5 games into the season? what the heck? this is what the terrible org’s do.

  • MrCleaveland

    This suggests how meaningless Coach of the Year honors can be. Brown’s been fired twice since he won it. Players make coaches, not the other way around.

    Maybe Mike would be better off as a college coach who can sell his players on defense and teamwork. The pro players don’t appear to be much interested. Too much work, not enough flash.

  • Steve

    Every coach is hired to be fired. Buss chose Kobe over Jackson back in 2004. I don’t think anyone would disagree with you there.

    But as long as Popovich is showing that you can turn late first round picks into stars, and can cobble a good defense out of spare parts, I’m going to believe that approach can work.

  • Harv 21

    Mike Brown is first and foremost a defensive coach, pretty incapable when it comes to creating a sophisticated offense. Expecting him to be creative in meshing Kobe, Nash, Howard … that’s asking your drywall guy to paint a mural.

    Five games in – that’s sounds like the 3 superstars visiting Jerry Buss’s living room. Not even a good coach stands much chance of surviving that.

    Rumors of Mike D’Antoni? Oh, he’ll fix the offense in a hot minute. And guarantee they’ll never get out of the Western Conference playoffs.

  • Tim K.

    I just hope the Lakers keep stinking up the joint so the Cavs can stick them with the Heat’s pick and take the Laker’s 1st rounder.

  • mgbode

    it’s lottery protected, so they have to make the playoffs at least 🙂

  • mgbode

    actually. the Lakers are a conglomeration of talent that might work with a D’Antoni style (or better yet George Karl – though he’s not available)

    enough individual defensive presence to work (Dwight underneath, Metta & Kobe on the wings). and his offensive system to put pressure on the other team as well.

  • Lunch

    Sam Amico posted a tweet from a LA Lakers source that they have no interest in Byron Scott.

    Curious, if the Lakers were interested, would Scott decline their offer, not because of his obligation with the Cavs, we know that, but because Dan Gilbert persuaded, and convinced him that his dream job was with the Cavs and not the Lakers?

  • mgbode

    it wouldn’t be Scott’s decision. he is under contract with the Cavs.

    in the offseason, maybe we accept draft pick compensation for him if he tells Gilbert that the Lakers job is just the job he has always wanted. but, 1 week into the season, i doubt Scott would even consider it.

  • Garry_Owen

    Makes sense, given that there’s only a handful of games left in the season . . .

  • Natedawg86

    I guess we are rooting for them to lose until they get to 25-35 then

  • Natedawg86

    Good move on them. They will have the first pick when it comes to a new coach for next season. Maybe they will just not have a coach. That would be an interesting concept…only in LA

  • mgbode

    Kobe for coach. Wonder what play he will call? Oh, Kobe 20ft jump shot again, surprise!

  • This is kinda ridiculous. The personnel doesn’t naturally fit. You have 2 guys that would love an uptempo style (Nash/Howard) and two guys that want a nice slow half-court pace (Kobe/Gasol). So, this whole thing was going to take time. Defensively, Brown is a mastermind, but what are you supposed to do when you only have 1 decent defensive player who’s hurt? Dumb move by the Lakers – so I’m glad. I hated that I sort of didn’t mind them winning because I like Brown. Now I can go back to full on haterade. Now they talk about Phil and DAntoni? The irony is the best coach available is……STAN VAN GUNDY! (Praying this happens)

  • BenRM

    Right off the bat, I never thought it was a particularly strong hire. He might have experience dealing with the personalities, but he doesn’t know what to do with the crazy amount of talent LA always has on hand.

  • mgbode

    it would be more humorous if they hired Jeff though

  • mgbode

    i’m rooting for the 8seed for them. in the West that probably means they need to get to 45wins.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Personally I don’t care but have always felt Brown was out of his element as a head coach. He’s a perfect defensive assistant and was that way when the Cavaliers hired him. Nothing changed.

  • hanover_fist

    PLEASE hire Jeff and get him off the air.

  • Harv 21

    well, the precise mirror image with Brown is what they’ve just decided didn’t work: strong defensive coach with enough offensive talent to care of itself. Players don’t do on their own what their coaches deemphasize or don’t coach well. Guys like D’Antoni (or Paul Westhead) often get gaudy reg season stats and always fold in the playoffs against teams that force them to slow it down to half court.