The NBA is back and the regular season is already a week old. There are so many questions surrounding what this NBA regular season will bring for the NBA fans. Many fans are wondering how LeBron James will respond after winning his first NBA championship and a gold medal in the Summer Olympics in London. People are also talking about the recent shake-up in Oklahoma City as the Oklahoma City Thunder surprise everyone and trade the reigning 6th Man of the Year, James Harden, to the Houston Rockets in the opening week of the season.
With all those issues going on in the league, one of the most talked-about issues has to be all the changes introduced in Hollywood as the Los Angeles Lakers stocked up this offseason with their acquisitions of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. The high powered Lakers received a lot of publicity this off season. The Lakers were in a lot of people’s pools to make an impact this season and some even had the Lakers as a preseason pick to reach the NBA Finals, but win it all. However, with all the expectations set for the success of the Lakers, the Lakers have done everything except excel this season. After a winless preseason (0-8) for the Lakers, the Lakers have opened the regular season 1-4, which is last in the Pacific division and dead last in the Western Conference.
So if things couldn’t begin any worse for the Lakers, All-Star point guard, Steve Nash, has been already been sidelined with an small leg fracture while All Star center, Dwight Howard, appears to be still showing effects of his offseason back surgery. But if thought all this was bad, things just went from bad to worse for the Lakers. As reported on Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers have fired head coach, Mike Brown. Just five game deep into the season, the Lakers will have to conduct a head coach search. Starting the season at 1-4 hasn’t really registered positively with many Lakers fans. With Brown’s firing, there has been mixed emotions as to whether the firing was fair or not. Some feel that Brown didn’t receive a fair shot to build chemistry in LA after acquiring so much talent onto one team. While some felt that Brown didn’t receive enough time to make things work, others feel that Mike Brown wasn’t the right to be put in place of Phil Jackson, who retired in 2011.
The Lakers plan to do everything possible to implement a new head coach as soon as possible. For the time being, Bernie Bickerstaff, the Lakers assistant head coach, will assume the role as interim head coach until a new head coach is determined. The firing of Mike Brown is going to be a financial cost for the Lakers as Brown was beginning his second year of a four year deal worth $18 million. Needless to say there is turmoil going on within the Los Angeles Lakers organization. Hopefully pieces can be moved around and implemented so that the Lakers can get the ball rolling this season.