Lakers Fire Head Coach: Report

By Chuck Westerheide
|  Friday, Nov 9, 2012  |  Updated 10:37 AM PDT
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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Head coach Mike Brown of the Los Angeles Lakers gives instructions during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on November 2, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 105-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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Lakers head coach Mike Brown has been fired this morning, according to a report by ESPN.

The Lakers are 1-4 in the regular season and lost every preseason game. Many believed Brown’s job was in jeopardy, but Kobe Bryant recently expressed confidence in his coach.

The team added All-Stars Dwight Howard and Steve Nash this summer to a solid core of Kobe, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace. The Lakers also have the league’s largest payroll at more than $100 million.

So far, the superteam has struggled with Brown’s new Princeton-style offense and the Lakers defense has been hurt by injuries to Bryant and Nash.

Assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff or Chuck Person could take over the team on an interim basis.

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