Not satisfied with a 1-4 start to the regular season after a winless preseason, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and ownership made the decision to fire head coach Mike Brown on Friday morning.

"Mike's a good man, a very hard-working, maybe one of the hardest-working coaches that I've ever been around," said Kupchak. "The bottom line is that the team was not winning at the pace we expected this team to win, and we didn't see improvement."