LOS ANGELES (Sporting Alert) — Hours after the dismal of Mike Brown as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, it is being reported that one of the club’s superstar is calling for the return of Phil Jackson.
According to reports, new recruit Dwight Howard wants the experienced coach back in charge in LA and is prepared to meet with club officials about those possibilities.
The Lakers fired Brown on Friday after a 1-4 start to the new season and speculations about his replacement have been hitting the headlines.
Some believe that former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and ex-New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns coach Mike D’Antoni are the leading contenders for the post, but many also believe that Jackson could be tempted back into coaching the side again – something that would very well pleased Howard and certainly Kobe Bryant.
However, the Lakers said on its website that the club will take its time in finding another coach after GM Mitch Kupchak and the owners made their sacking decision Friday morning.
Kupchak said the start wasn’t ideal and actions had to be taken.
“After five games, we just felt that we weren’t winning, we weren’t seeing improvement, and we made a decision,” Kupchak explained on Lakers.com.
“Maybe it would have changed a month 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.”
Lakers will look to improve its record this season when they take on the Golden State Warriors on ESPN tonight.