When Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak spoke about new acquisition Dwight Howard, Kupchak's reasoning was simple.
“We got the best,” Kupchak said.
When the Lakers struggled to start the season 1-4, ownership and management decided they had seen enough of Mike Brown and he was relieved as head coach.
Brown, in many ways, got a raw deal.
Last year he coached without the benefit of training camp and practices, surviving the lockout shortened season.
Craving structure, Kobe Bryant and a number of veterans lobbied last year for a return to the triangle offense. It was actually Bryant who initiated the idea of the Princeton offense to Brown.
Even on the eve of a coaching change, Bryant was Brown's biggest supporter.
From a very basic basketball perspective, the Lakers organization didn't give Brown enough time for his plan to bear fruit. Take away the turnovers and the team's offense was showing initial signs of success.