After starting the season out to a rocky 1-4, the decision to fire Lakers head coach Mike Brown was made official Friday, reports CBS LA.
“This was a difficult and painful decision to make,” said Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak in a statement. “Mike was very hard-working and dedicated, but we felt it was in the best interest of the team to make a change at this time. We appreciate Mike’s efforts and contributions and wish him and his family the best of luck.”
The news of his firing after just five games came to a shock to some fans, while others say they saw it coming. Many celebrities, athletes and fans alike took to social media to weigh in on the news.
Read the full story and continuous updates on Brown’s dismissal at CBSLA.com and take a look at a few celebrity reactions to the news below.
Kobe Bryant commented on Brown’s firing on his Facebook page writing:
Tough day. I’ve seen coaches as well as friends come and go. No matter how many years I’ve been playing, it’s still hard to deal with. I had a good relationship with Mike and I will continue to have one. I wish him and his family nothing but the best. I spoke with him today and thanked him for all of his hard work and sacrifice.
As a team, we must focus our energy on tonight’s game. We must block out the weight of today’s news and simply do our jobs to the best of our ability.
I’m not sure what direction we are heading in next. All I can do is focus on the here and now.
Here are a few more celebrity reactions on Twitter about the call:
Former Laker great and Dodgers owner Magic Johnson put in his two cents.
Magic later added his thoughts on who he thinks should replace him.
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