DOWNLOAD SCHEDULE: FOOTBALL |HOCKEY | BASKETBALL
Refresh  
  Page last updated on Fri Dec 02 17:20:52 EST 2016
TOP NEWS
MIKE BROWN DISMISSED FROM THE LAKERS
Tue, 13 Nov 2012 01:30 AM EST

The Lakers fired Coach Mike Brown after a 1-4 start to his 2nd season in charge.

Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced the surprising move a couple of hours before they hosted Warriors. Assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff will coach the Lakers against the Golden State while the club’s top brass searches for Brown’s replacement after just 18 months in charge.

”The net position is that the team is not winning at the pace we were expecting this team to win, and we didn’t see improvement,” Kupchak claimed at the Lakers’ training complex.

Los Angeles began the season with championship expectations after trading for center Dwight Howard and point guard Steve Nash, adding two megastars alongside Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. But the Lakers went 0-8 during the preseason last month for the 1st time in franchise history before stumbling into the regular season with an 0-3 start, losing to Dallas, Portland and the Clippers.

After finally beating Detroit for their 1st win, the Lakers looked listless again in a loss at Utah on Wednesday, dropping to last place in the Western Conference. Los Angeles’ defense has been mostly poor, and the players still haven’t worked out the new offense installed by Brown during training camp.

Combined with their aging core of talent and a massive payroll, Kupchak and owners Jim and Jerry Buss decided they couldn’t wait another game to start winning. Brown was dismissed in a morning meeting.

”We’re not looking 5 or 10 years down the road,” Kupchak claimed. ”This team was built to contend this year. There’s no guarantee that this team can win a championship, but we feel that it can be deeply in the hunt. We’re also aware that our players … are growing older, so our feeling is that we will be able to say at this level for another couple of years.”

Brown was employed in May 2011 to replace 11-time NBA champ Phil Jackson, signing a 4-year deal worth roughly $18 million in May 2011. Kupchak asserted the 8-figure payout they’ll have to make on Brown’s contract wasn’t a factor in their decision.

In a brief meeting, Kupchak did nothing to squelch speculating that Jackson could return for a 3rd tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 67-year-old Jackson walked away from the club in 2011 with few apparent hard feelings, and his health has visibly improved during his time away from the NBA.

Kupchak stated that he has not reached out to any candidates for the job, but thinks it’s quite likely the Lakers will hire an experienced coach who isn’t currently working.

”When there is a coach like Phil Jackson, one of the best-ever greats, and he’s not coaching, I think that you would be negligent not to know that he’s out there,” Kupchak said. Football spreads

”I have great respect for the Buss family and the Lakers’ storied tradition, and I thank them for the opportunity they afforded me,” Brown said in an announcement issued by the Lakers. ”I have a deep appreciation for the coaches and players that I worked with this past year, and I’m wishing the organization nothing apart from success as they move forward.”


Sponsored Links

Download Printable Schedules
Now you can download and print schedules for each sport so you can plan ahead and track your results.
UPDATED:
FOOTBALL: 11/1/2016 - 2/5/2017
BASKETBALL 11/10/2016 - 12/12/2016
HOCKEY 11/10/2016 - 12/12/2016
TOP TEN WAGERS
RK Team
1
Washington
2
Colorado
3
Western Michigan
4
Washington
5
Colorado
12/02/2016
NBAORLANDO MAGIC at PHILADELPHIA 76ERS4:00 PM PST
College FootballOhio vs Western Michigan4:00 PM PST
NBALOS ANGELES LAKERS at TORONTO RAPTORS4:30 PM PST
NBAMINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES at NEW YORK KNICKS4:30 PM PST
NBASACRAMENTO KINGS at BOSTON CELTICS4:30 PM PST
NBADETROIT PISTONS at ATLANTA HAWKS5:00 PM PST
NBACLEVELAND CAVALIERS at CHICAGO BULLS5:00 PM PST
NBALOS ANGELES CLIPPERS at NEW ORLEANS PELICANS5:00 PM PST
NBAWASHINGTON WIZARDS at SAN ANTONIO SPURS5:30 PM PST
College FootballColorado vs Washington6:00 PM PST
NBAHOUSTON ROCKETS at DENVER NUGGETS7:30 PM PST
12/03/2016
College FootballLouisiana Tech vs Western Kentucky09:00 AM PST
College FootballTemple vs Navy09:00 AM PST
College FootballFlorida vs Alabama1:00 PM PST
NBABrooklyn Nets at Milwaukee Bucks2:00 PM PST
NBAMinnesota Timberwolves at Charlotte Hornets4:00 PM PST
NBAAtlanta Hawks at Toronto Raptors4:30 PM PST
NBABoston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers4:30 PM PST
College FootballSan Diego State vs Wyoming4:45 PM PST
NBALos Angeles Lakers at Memphis Grizzlies5:00 PM PST
College FootballVirginia Tech vs Clemson5:00 PM PST
College FootballPenn State vs Wisconsin5:00 PM PST
NBAChicago Bulls at Dallas Mavericks5:30 PM PST
NBADenver Nuggets at Utah Jazz6:00 PM PST
NBAMiami Heat at Portland Trail Blazers7:00 PM PST
NBAPhoenix Suns at Golden State Warriors7:30 PM PST
12/04/2016
NFLHouston Texans vs Green Bay Packers10:00 AM PST
NFLPhiladelphia Eagles vs Cincinnati Bengals10:00 AM PST
NFLDetroit Lions vs New Orleans Saints10:00 AM PST
NFLDenver Broncos vs Jacksonville Jaguars10:00 AM PST
NFLMiami Dolphins vs Baltimore Ravens10:00 AM PST
NFLSan Francisco 49ers vs Chicago Bears10:00 AM PST
NFLKansas City Chiefs vs Atlanta Falcons10:00 AM PST
NFLLos Angeles Rams vs New England Patriots10:00 AM PST
NFLBuffalo Bills vs Oakland Raiders1:05 PM PST
NFLWashington Redskins vs Arizona Cardinals1:25 PM PST
NFLNew York Giants vs Pittsburgh Steelers1:25 PM PST
NFLTampa Bay Buccaneers vs San Diego Chargers1:25 PM PST
NFLCarolina Panthers vs Seattle Seahawks5:30 PM PST
12/05/2016
NFLIndianapolis Colts vs New York Jets5:30 PM PST

x