Lakers fire Mike Brown

Five games into the NBA season was enough. The Los Angeles Lakers have fired head coach Mike Brown. The team was 1-4 to start the season.

Brown was barely a month into his second season with the team, he previously had coached Cleveland .

According to the LA Times assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff will take over the coaching duties for tonight’s game against Golden State. The Lakers are expected to conduct a nationwide wide search. Early favorites for the job include Mike D’Antoni, Jerry Sloan, Nate McMillan and of course there is always the chance that Phil Jackson returns.

It was believed to be the earliest firing of a coach in the team’s history. Del Harris was relieved of his duties 12 games into the 1999 season.

The Lakers were 41-25 in Brown’s first season, losing to Oklahoma City in the second round of the playoffs.