In what might be the quickest firing to start a season in NBA history, the Lakers have fired head coach Mike Brown five games into the season.
The Lakers are off to a horrible 1-4 start, even though they were considered anywhere from heavy favorites to mortal locks to get to the NBA Finals this season.
Brown is supposed to be an outstanding defensive head coach, but the Lakers currently rank 25th in the league in defense. One might have expected the offense to struggle a bit out of the gate as they adjusted to newcomers Dwight Howard and Steve Nash- but there is absolutely no excuse for a team with Howard, Kobe and Ron Artest to be near the bottom of the league in defense.
The speculation about who takes over the coaching reigns has already begun. Personally, I'd rank Brian Shaw and Nate McMillan as 1a and 1b at the top of the list, with Shaw having the slight edge due to his familiarity with the organization, Kobe and Dwight. But would Phil Jackson come back to coach this starting line-up full of All-Stars and future Hall of Famers?
Who do you think the Lakers' next head coach will be?