Shootaround Report: Brown Firing is a Direct Message to the Players

A couple hours after the firing of coach Mike Brown, the Lakers partook in their standard shootaround to prepare for tonight’s game against the Golden State Warriors. For the first time this season, assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff, who gave Brown his first job as a Denver Nugget intern, ran the pre-game ritual. Reporters talked to Pau Gasol about the decision to relieve Mike Brown, and according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News, the players never lost faith.

Pau Gasol even mentioned that he was “surprised” by the firing, and most notably, that it sends a “direct message” to the entire team to step it up.

Finally, Gasol stressed that the Lakers are built to win and their shaky start did not reflect that.

At 1-4, the Lakers are off to the worst start in the Western conference, despite carrying the league’s largest payroll. Lakers will take on the Golden State Warriors tonight at home with Bernie Bickerstaff as the interim head coach.

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————

Video: Check out Dwight Howard talking about his frustrations at yesterday today.

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————

[jwplayer config=”lakersnation_player” file=”http://youtu.be/vsVazMQWQXw” autostart=”false”]

 

You May Also Like

Lakers Draft News: L.A. To Work Out Kansas State Forward Wesley Iwundu

The Los Angeles Lakers are hard at work ahead of next month’s NBA Draft. While much focus is on who they will take with the second overall pick…

Nike to Fund Kobe Bryant Playing in China Next Season?

According to Sonny Vacarro and posted by SB Nation: Los Angeles, it…

Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz NBA Highlights

The Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz are meeting for the first…

Byron Scott Wants Reasonable Expectations For Julius Randle Next Season

Coming into this season, rookie power forward Julius Randle was looked at…