Lakers Fire Coach Mike Brown

After disappointing 1-4 start, Brown is out.

Posted: 11/09/2012 02:19 PM EST
Mike Brown

The Los Angeles Lakers fired coach Mike Brown Friday after he led the team to a disappointing 1-4 start.

“This was a difficult and painful decision to make,” said General Manager Mitch Kupchak."Mike was very hard-working and dedicated, but we felt it was in the best interest of the team to make a change at this time. We appreciate Mike’s efforts and contributions and wish him and his family the best of luck.”

Brown had just started his second season with the team.

Assistant Coach Bernie Bickerstaff is the new interim head coach. The team has launched a search for a new head coach.

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