I do realize the Lakers were running bad at the start of the season... and I do like Mike Dantoni. Unlike many Laker fans I have not bashed or complained about Dantoni at all, I feel like his system can be very good and it is exciting to see Kobe play in this kind of wide open system, and I am grateful for that.
However, just based on wins and losses, and where the team has now ended up... I'm starting to wonder if canning Mike Brown 5 games into the season might be in retrospect the WORST firing of an NBA coach in history.
I cannot help but think that Mike Brown would have this team on a more even keel than it is currently; the defense would be better, and the post offense might be better as well. In any case, with the continuity of the same coach, the team would've gradually come together and there is NO WAY it would be 15-19 at this stage of the game.
If the Lakers had kept Mike Brown... I mean, even people who can't stand Mike Brown should realize, if the Lakers had kept him, they'd almost surely be like 22-12 or something like that right now.
Firing him so fast and so early, and bringing in Dantoni on one leg right after major surgery, it just seems like we threw away a bunch of games right off the bat. And now everyone is starting to think maybe this is just a lost season so we don't have to fight that hard, just let the ship go down and figure it out in the summer. Even Nash in that new msnbc article kind of hinted at that tone.
This is just a mess, maybe the worst Laker season on record, especially considering the expectations, and I don't see how it wouldn't be considerably better if they had rode it out with Mike Brown.