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Lakers Fire Coach Mike Brown: Reports

Nov. 9, 2012

The Los Angeles Lakers, off to a 1-4 start this season, have fired second-year Coach Mike Brown, several media outlets reported Friday.

While the Lakers' website still listed Brown as head coach, the Los Angeles Times -- citing a source it said was "familiar with the situation" -- reported Brown was informed Friday morning he is being replaced.

The newspaper said assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff would coach the team in Friday's game against the Golden State Warriors, but the Lakers will conduct a nationwide search for a permanent replacement for Brown.

Los Angeles lost its first three games before beating Detroit -- in a game between winless teams -- but fell to 1-4 after losing at Utah Wednesday. Team owner Jerry Buss had given Brown a vote of confidence Wednesday.

Brown, 42, 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.

He previously coached the Cleveland Cavaliers for five seasons, building a 272-138 record. The Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals in 2007.

Source: Copyright United Press International 2012

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