To say the Lakers were impatient with Mike Brown this season is an understatement. After just five games, a report surfaced that his job was in “immediate jeopardy”. Then hours later, Brown was fired. And we must reiterate this all happened FIVE games into the season.
Months have passed and the Lakers still aren’t good, but GM Mitch Kupchak decided on Tuesday to finally pull back the curtain on the Lakers’ thinking when they decided to fire Brown after five games.
Kupchak joined John Feinstein on CBS Radio on Tuesday and explained that the Lakers’ impatience with Brown was due in part to the failing health of Lakers owner Jerry Buss.
“The one thing that was a big factor is our lack of patience,” Kupchak said. “When we made the changes we made in the offseason, we really did it with a two- or maybe even a three-year window, probably a two-year window to do our best and win a championship. And clearly we knew Dr. Buss was not in great health, and we were hoping for the next year or two we could put something on the court that would result in being in the hunt at the end of the year for a championship.
“And when we didn’t feel we could get there after a preseason and a small number of games, we didn’t feel we had the patience to wait and see if it was going to work out,” he continued. “And that’s really why we made the change we made so early.”
“We could’ve waited another month or two, but at the time I believe we were 1-4,” Kupchak said. “And if we would’ve waited another month we could’ve turned it around, or we could’ve been 2-12. We just didn’t want to wait. And that’s because we feel our best chance to win is this year and next year.”
We still don’t believe that Kupchak and the Lakers made the right decision, but we now understand why they did it. Now if the reason had been pressure from fans, who had lost their minds at the time, then we would have further issues with the move.