Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 11/9/12
On the heels of Coach Mike Brown's firing, power forward Pau Gasol said: "It's a pretty direct message to all of us. There's no messing around." Brown was let go after the team's 1-4 start, 1-12 if taking into account the team's winless exhibition season. "General Manger Mitch Kupchak told us this morning," said Gasol. "The decision was made. We didn't have a very good start and this team is built to win. This is what we're all here to do." The team struggled both offensively and defensively so far this season with their lone win at home against the Detroit Pistons (0-5). Gasol said the players were still confident in what Brown was trying to do, but the lack of results was frustrating. "I don't think we lost faith at any moment. I think we believed in what we were trying to do," said Gasol. "We also understood that it was going to take a little bit of time for us to do things the way they should have been done." It's unclear who the Lakers will turn to as their next head coach but assistant Bernie Bickerstaff will step in for Friday night's game against the Golden State Warriors. "It wasn't happening as fast as we all wanted it to," said Gasol, speaking for himself but also the fans and, apparently, Lakers ownership as well. -Eric Pincus
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Budapest drops 2024 Olympic bid, leaving only Los Angeles and Paris, which could ban some participants

DeMarcus Cousins was ‘praying’ for a better supporting cast with Sacramento

Report: Nets trading Bojan Bogdanovic to Wizards

Elliott spoke with police after 'best friend' caught with gun

Jets reportedly believe Jay Cutler can compete in AFC East

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: 'Melo could waive no-trade clause for Clippers after season

Rivers: Paul medically cleared to play, could return Thursday

Trea Turner missed part of Nats camp Wedneday for jury duty

Hernandez's prison calls to Pouncey could come up in trial

Josh Hamilton experiences pain in reconstructed knee, leaves camp

Report: Pacers gauging trade market for Paul George

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

Box Score 2/22: Not everyone is happy with the new intentional walk rule

Teams and players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

Box Score 2/21: It's trade heartbreak season

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win the MVP award

Teams, players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker