Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak Says Firing Mike Brown Wasn’t a “Panic Move”

The Lakers didn’t bring in big names like Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to start the season 1-4. Here’s what Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak had to say about firing Mike Brown:

“You can argue ‘was last season a part of the process?’ ‘Was the preseason part of the process?’ But after five games we just felt we weren’t winning, we weren’t seeing improvement and we made a decision,” Kupchak said. “Maybe it would have changed a month down the road or three months down the road. But with this team we didn’t want to wait three months and then find out it wasn’t going to change.”

“(This decision) wasn’t made out of panic,” Kupchak said. “We were aware of this team’s progress through training camp, through the beginning of the season. Only yesterday did we come to the decision to make a change.”

We know Phil Jackson is already canceling appearances and is reportedly in LA.  What did Kupchak have to say about the former coach?

“When there’s a coach like Phil Jackson, one of the all time greats, and he’s not coaching you’d be negligent not to be aware.”

Oh you better believe the Lakers are aware, and apparently could already be making moves.  This firing comes at no surprise to me, but why be adamant about your support of a guy you’re plotting to fire.