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Charles E. Sutton | 11/13/2012, 11:54 a.m.

Nov. 12, 2012

Lakers Fire Mike Brown

Los Angeles Lakers' head coach Mike Brown has been fired. Brown followed legendary coach Phil Jackson, who won 11 NBA titles. Brown took over an aging team that has been slowed by injuries. However, the Lakers fan base still believes this current team can still compete for a title.

Brown only coached the team in 71 games before the organization decided that it needed to make a change. He was fired on Friday after a 1-4 start to his second season at the helm, making it one of the earliest head coaching changes in league history.

Several hours prior to the Lakers hosting the Golden State Warriors, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak made the stunning announcement, which came just 18 months after Brown was hired. Assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff will coach the team while the organization's leadership pursues a new coach. In all likelihood, the coaching search for Brown's replacement will be brief.

The Lakers opened the season with great expectations after they traded for center Dwight Howard and point guard Steve Nash, bringing two stars to L.A. to play alongside Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. The Lakers didn't win a single preseason game (0-8), and dropped their first thee regular season games. There has been much speculation that Phil Jackson could return for his third tenure as Lakers head coach. Jackson, 67, left the team in 2011 on good terms, and his health has significantly improved after knee replacement surgery during his time away from the league.

Injured NBA Stars as Season Begins

These are some of the recent injury absences that are likely to have an impact early in the season:

Washington - John Wall and Nene

During the first month of the season the Wizards will have to play it safe, unless they find themselves in a deep hole when their two most important players return. They should still be able to compete to the eighth playoff spot.

New York - Amare Stoudemire

Six to eight week is a long time to be out of the lineup. The longer Stoudemire is out, the more talk there will be about how well Carmelo Anthony performs without him.

Indiana - Danny Granger

Granger is out indefinitely, and Indiana is no longer the favorite to win the Central Division. They could still make the playoffs, despite Granger's absence.

Minnesota - Kevin Love

Love's knuckle push-up accident is a real setback for the Timberwolves. Without Love in the rotation, a playoff spot could be in jeopardy.