Originally posted on Red's Army  |  Last updated 11/9/12
Turns out that really was a death stare. The 1-4 Los Angeles Lakers, with a re-tooled starting line-up and virtually no bench help, have fired Mike Brown.  Brown was just starting year two of a four-year, $18 million deal… which means he’s getting about $13 million or so to do nothing. Let’s be honest here… Mike Brown was never the right guy for that job.  But this is what happens when you don’t let your basketball guy, GM Mitch Kupchack, do the hiring and firing.  Mike Brown was Jim Buss’ guy. The irony is that Jerry Buss’ son who runs the day-to-day operations of the franchise, Jim – and not Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak – was the primary advocate in the hiring of Brown and the firing of him. Kupchak was partial to Rick Adelman as a replacement, sources said. Nevertheless, the Buss family lost patience with the team’s sluggish start to the Princeton offense, and didn’t accept the excuses of a weak bench with such a star-studded starting five of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Dwight
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