It took the Los Angeles Lakers only five games this season to get rid of head coach Mike Brown, so maybe Mike D'Antoni can point to this as one of his few accomplishments since taking over the job: He made it more than twice as far before it became time to wonder if the same fate should await him.
If that sounds like crazy talk, well, so does the fact that the Lakers are 4-8 under D'Antoni, 9-13 overall, 12th in the Western Conference and on Tuesday night were manhandled by a Cleveland Cavaliers team that entered the game with just four wins.
There's also the fact it would be absurd to pay three coaches -- Mike Brown and, if he were fired, D'Antoni and presumably Phil Jackson -- for the same season. The question is whether it would be more absurd to miss the playoffs with a team featuring Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard, to say nothing of the now-injured Pau Gasol and Steve Nash.
This Lakers team is built around the same concept that defined the Heat during the Big Three's inaugura...