Written by Max Bricker
If you have not read it yet, Lucas wrote an article yesterday about the possible coaching vacancies in the NFL. Several NFL coaches are on the hot seat, but Lucas was focusing on the wrong sport. It is official: Mike Brown has been fired by the Los Angeles Lakers. Brown was fired after a 1-4 start and a dysfunctional offense had many calling for his head. Brown being fired isn’t a surprise, but was it necessary this early in the season? I say sure. His coaching strategies weren’t the problem, the problem was the lack of respect for him from his team, his organization, and the media. He never should have been hired last season. Kobe never really wanted him, and everyone knows that Kobe runs that organization.
So, what now? Can the Lakers turn this poor start around quickly? The only time Kobe has had success in his career is with Phil Jackson: In 2004, the only year from 1999-2001 where Phil did not coach Kobe, the Lakers went 34-48; the Lakers won the Championship in 5 of the other 12 seasons under Phil. I think that Kobe, mentally, believes that Phil is the only coach he can win with, and he needs to tie MJ for the 6 titles. Expect the Zen Master to get a call here in the next few days.