The Los Angeles Lakers parted ways with Mike Brown on Nov. 9 and the team decided to replace him with Mike D’Antoni. At the time of the firing, the Lakers were 1-4 and the team was not performing at the level many had expected. Even though it was only five games into the season, the Lakers found it necessary to find a different coach.
Brown had been named Coach of the Year in his tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers and he helped guide that team to the NBA Finals. However, Brown could not find the same success in Los Angeles, but he will not let the firing ruin his morale. Brown spoke to the Chicago Tribune and talked about the possibility of returning to the sidelines.
“I think I will eventually coach again, but I don’t know when. I don’t know if it will be next year, the following year,” he said. “The reality is I have this year plus two more on my contract, so I don’t necessarily need to be in a rush. I’m just going to keep enjoying the family and life and figure out what’s the next step in this whole thing as time goes on. Right now there has not been any thought to me coaching at all.”
Money is not an issue for Brown as he will still going to make $10 million due to the fact that he has a full year on his Lakers contract after this one and a partial guarantee in 2014-15. However, there is still the love for the game that cannot be taken away.
Brown has the opportunity to stay close to his family after the firing, but knowing his history and coaching expertise, don’t be surprised if Brown gets back on the court very soon.