Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/9/12
After a 1-4 start to the season, the Los Angeles Lakers could be losing patience with coach Mike Brown. A poor six-game homestand, which starts Friday night against Golden state, could be a death knell for Brown's future with the team, sources indicated to ESPN.com. The Lakers have maintained public support for Brown despite the team having the worst record in the Western Conference, but privately there are some rumblings about a team with an $100 million payroll off to such a poor start, according to ESPN. Injuries have been a problem for the Lakers. Center Andrew Bogut and reserve Brandon Rush won't play Friday night. Key offseason acquisitions Steve Nash and Dwight Howard have seen limited playing time because of leg and back ailments. Star guard Kobe Bryant has been nursing a foot injury. Lakers executive vice president Jim Buss has maintained his confidence in Brown. "I have no problems with Mike Brown at all," Buss told ESPN. "He just works too hard and he's too knowledgeable for this to be happening. "So either the (offensive) system is flawed or something's going on." How bad would it have to get before Buss made a change? "I don't know if there's an actual game total that would make me impatient," Buss told ESPN. "I know if we're 1-15, I don't think that would be very good. I'm sure that would be a panic button." Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak echoed Buss's comments in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. "I think it's fair to say after five games we didn't think we'd be 1-4," Kupchak said, "but we have a lot of new players, we have some injured players and we're introducing some new concepts. All these things get factored in. We'll continue to monitor the team and we understand expectations." In the second season with the Lakers, Brown has endured criticism for the rough start and a second-round exit from the playoffs last season. His son even received a death threat this week on Twitter. But Brown said it's important for the players and coaches to believe in each other "especially while we're trying to find our way."
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