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by Rashid S. Umar
Excuse me if I sound cliché’, but oh man, if looks could kill. Well, in the world of high-profile basketball, a look could get you fired.
After a 1-4 start to the 2012-13 season, the Los Angeles Lakers have fired their head coach Mike Brown.
According to ESPN, Lakers management had grown frustrated with the team’s slow start and had decided to give Brown the next six games to turn things around. However, after ongoing discussions, the team’s brass had unanimously decided to let him go.
On Thursday afternoon, team superstar, Kobe Bryant, incredulously laughed off a video of him shooting his then coach a mean glare in the final moments of the Lakers 95-86 loss in Utah.
The video, commonly dubbed “The Kobe Death Stare” on the Internet, has 986,000 results come up when searched for on Google. It shows Bryant seething in anger on the bench during a timeout late in the fourth quarter Wednesday and Bryant’s unblinking eyes after Lakers coach Mike Brown walks in front of the star guard’s view.
At that moment, Bryant claimed his still supported Brown, despite the team’s early season struggles.
“I don’t give a (expletive) how it was interpreted,” Bryant said. “It doesn’t really matter to me. I’m too old to deal with that stuff. I really am. I’ve been (Brown’s) biggest supporter. So, I’m really too old to be dealing with childish things.”
Added Bryant: “God, people are bored.”
With the additions of two high-profile players, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, the Lakers had expected to compete for another NBA championship. The slow start has only let to frustration, despite what Bryant claims, and angst amongst fans and media.
Brown, who coached the Cleveland Cavaliers during the Lebron James era, is no stranger to being made the scapegoat. He took most of the blame for the Cavs not being able to reach the mountain top in Cleveland, which some believe led to the exile of King James to Miami.
What’s even more puzzling is that, Bryant and the Lakers big wigs, all publicly supported Brown amidst speculation of turmoil. Also, the team is trying to institute a new offense while integration their two new superstar additions, Howard and Nash (sound like a cheesy buddy cop sitcom, doesn’t it?) who both are not healthy. In fact, Nash has been out for almost a week with small leg fracture and Howard who’s been played, wasn’t expected to start the season, while trying to recover from back surgery.
So, now the Lake Show is searching for a new coach. Hopefully, the next guy will be mentally tough enough to deal with the headache that is “Laker-drama.”