ESPN report: Lakers fire Mike Brown after recent loss to Jazz
Tom Smart, Deseret News
The Los Angeles Lakers have fired head coach Mike Brown, according to a report from ESPN sources on Friday morning.
After high-profile acquisitions in the offseason that brought All-Star center Dwight Howard and former MVP point guard Steve Nash to Los Angeles, the Lakers stumbled out of the starting gates this season. Their most recent loss came Wednesday night in Salt Lake City, where they fell to the Jazz, 95-86.
That result gave the Lakers a 1-4 record on the short season. They were also 0-8 in the preseason.
After the Jazz game, Lakers star Kobe Bryant expressed frustration at his team's performance, though he did not single out Brown as the source of the trouble.
Rumors have connected legendary Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan to the Lakers since before the season started, but Sloan has not spoken on the topic.
In the meantime, one of the Lakers' assistant coaches will likely serve as an interim coach.
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