LA Lakers fire Mike Brown

THE Los Angeles Lakers fired coach Mike Brown after a dismal start in the ongoing NBA season.

Brown’s agent, Warren LeGarie confirmed the firing on Friday. Assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff will serve as interim coach while the Lakers search for a long-term replacement.

It is unclear whether the organization will make a run at bringing back Phil Jackson, but one candidate prominently being discussed as a long-term possibility: Mike D’Antoni.

D’Antoni has been without a job since leaving the New York Knicks in 2011. D’Antoni had knee replacement surgery in the past couple weeks.

Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw also could become a candidate – though that’s a dicier proposition, given the acrimony that ensued between the Lakers front office and Shaw after the team chose to replace Jackson with Brown over Shaw. Noli Cruz

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