Lakers win after firing Brown
The Los Angeles Lakers, led by interim head coach Bernie Bickerstaff, routed the Golden State Warriors 101-77 at the Staples Center in LA.
With either Phil Jackson or Mike D'Antoni waiting on the sidelines to replace Brown, who was ousted after 18 months on the job, the Lakers moved to 2-4 on the season led by Kobe Bryant's 27 points in the first game of a six-game home stand.
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The Sacramento Kings will arrive on Sunday followed by the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday and all indications are that the Lakers will have a new coach in place by the time they host the Phoenix Suns next Friday.
D'Antoni's fast paced style of play may be too much for the veteran Lakers side, although certainly Steve Nash would respond well to it, but the sneaking suspicion is that Jackson will return for a season, maybe two and train a young assistant as a coach in waiting to take over.
Golden State returns to the Oracle Arena in Oakland for the visit of the Denver Nuggets on Saturday evening.
Both sides are 3-3 with Denver on a three-game winning streak with victories over the Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz.
Without Andrew Bogut in the middle for the Warriors, the Nuggets' rebounding machine Keith Faried will have the opportunity to dominate on the boards.
The Spurs continue their western swing with a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden after defeating the Kings in Sacramento on Friday evening.
Pat Mills came off the bench to score 18 points in 21 minutes hitting 8-of-9 and Tim Duncan had a double-double in the 11 point win.
The Lakers are 10000/1 to win the NBA Championship, with Denver 7500/1.
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