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Lakers fire coach Mike Brown

By Kevin Chan,

After a disappointing 1-4 start to the season, in which they were Western Conference favorites, the Los Angeles Lakers have fired coach Mike Brown.

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The Los Angeles Lakers originally planned on using the upcoming six games to evaluate Brown, but instead chose to fire him now after discussions over the past 48 hours. According to ESPN Los Angeles, Lakers management came to a unanimous decision that the team was not heading to the right direction.

Brown was hired in May 2011 as the successor to Phil Jackson. Last season, he led them to a 41-25 record, first in the Pacific Division, but lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Conference Semifinals.

Much of the Lakers’ poor play has been due to injuries. Newly acquired All-Star Steve Nash has played in just one and a half games due to a leg injury. Fellow newcomer All-Star Dwight Howard has played, but is still recovering from back surgery. Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant has been playing through a foot injury.

The Lakers have also struggled to pick up Brown’s Princeton offense, which relies on reads and ball sharing, and have also had trouble on defense.

According to the Los Angeles Times, this is the earliest in the season the Lakers have fired a coach.

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