The Los Angeles Lakers have fired second-year Coach Mike Brown, General Manager Mitch Kupchak said Friday.
The Lakers were off to a rocky start with one win and four losses.
A three-paragraph statement on the Lakers' website announced Brown was "relieved" of his coaching duties, and assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff will serve a interim head coach while a search for a new head coach has begun immediately.
Brown led the Lakers to a 41-25 record last season, which ended with the Lakers losing to Oklahoma City in the second round of the playoffs.
Lakers star Kobe Bryant posted this on his Facebook page today:
"Tough day. I've seen coaches as well as friends come and go. No matter how many years I've been playing, it's still hard to deal with. I had a good relationship with Mike and I will continue to have one. I wish him and his family nothing but the best. I spoke with him today and thanked him for all of his hard work and sacrifice.
As a team, we must focus our energy on tonight's game. We must block out the weight of today's news and simply do our jobs to the best of our ability.
I'm not sure what direction we are heading in next. All I can do is focus on the here and now.
Thoughts? Was the Lakers' decision deserved or bad timing?
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