The Los Angeles Lakers fire head coach Mike Brown after he got the team off to a disappointing 1-4 start in 2012. This marks the earliest a coach has been fired in an NBA season wince the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. ESPN reports that the decision to let go of Brown was keeping in line with the teams” “win now” mentality it acquiring Steve Nash and Dwight Howard over the summer. The team also had the highest payroll of any NBA team, more than $100 million, and was in last place at the start of the Western Conference. Mike D’Antoni, who led the Phoenix Suns to two Western Conference Finals, was hired as his replacement later that season.