Doc on Lakers firing Brown: 'I think it's awful'

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Doc on Lakers firing Brown: 'I think it's awful'

BOSTON Doc Rivers was among those surprised and disappointed by the firing of Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown on Friday after the team got off to a 1-4 start.

In some respects, Brown's dismissal was similar to when the Orlando Magic fired Rivers in 2003.

Rivers began that season with a 1-10 record.

"I think it's awful," Rivers said of Brown's firing. "I thought mine was awful too, by the way. Five games into a season? That's hard to believe."

Especially when you factor in injuries to Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, two central cogs to the Lakers' revamped roster.

"But that's their mess," Rivers said. "I feel for Mike."

And while it's unclear how Brown is handling his dismissal, Rivers said he was "relieved" in 2003 when the Magic fired him.

"I kind of felt it was coming eventually," Rivers said. "It was only talked about everyday."

But as tough as being fired may be for a head coach, it's even rougher for their families - the children in particular.

"I don't think people ever really understand, whenever anybody loses their job, ... when it's done publicly you have kids in school and they have to hear that stuff everyday," said Rivers whose four children were all in school at the time. "I don't think people really get that. I didn't really think much about myself. I was far more concerned about my kids."

Sixers coach Doug Collins knows a thing or two about being fired. And like Rivers, he too was disappointed to hear that Brown was fired so quickly into the season.

"I feel bad for Mike. As I've said before, this is a tough business," said Collins who has been fired by the Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons.

When asked if five games into a season was too soon, Collins responded, "I've been fired three times. You're asking the wrong guy."

There is certainly a degree of disappointment in being fired, but for Rivers it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

"I've said it for years and just haven't done it, but getting away for awhile is a good thing for coaches; I believe that," Rivers said. "It allows you to recharge and go back on the things you've done well and things you haven't done well and re-access. That's why teachers take sabbaticals. Ours are forced sabbaticals. But it was a great thing for me.

Rivers added, "I'm here and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else."

Mayock: If I'm Cleveland, I'd be 'stoked' land Garoppolo for No. 12 pick

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Mayock: If I'm Cleveland, I'd be 'stoked' land Garoppolo for No. 12 pick

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock quarterbacked a marathon conference call with reporters around the country about the upcoming draft class, and his perspective on this year's quarterback crop makes Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo look like a top option for a quarterback-needy team.

"In my opinion," Mayock said, "if I'm the Cleveland Browns and I've got No. 1 and No. 12, if I came away with either [defensive end Myles] Garrett or [defensive tackle] Jonathan Allen at No. 1, and gave up the 12th pick in the draft to get Garoppolo? I would be stoked.

"I would feel like I had a difference-maker on defense and we had a quarterback on offense. Now let's get to work. We got five in the first 65 picks. Let's get to work. From my perspective, especially looking at the quarterbacks this year, if they gave up No. 12 and could get Garoppolo, I'd be all over that."

More to come . . .

 

Haggerty's Morning Skate: NHL teams aren't just making trades for themselves ahead of deadline

Haggerty's Morning Skate: NHL teams aren't just making trades for themselves ahead of deadline

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while feeling like Warren Beatty took the sneaky way out by handing that wrong Academy Award card to Faye Dunaway last night. Clearly he knew something was amiss and he let her step into it. Kind of a weasel move if you asked me.

-- An interesting letter from FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle about the pay wall involving The Athletic sports website in Toronto.

-- Dean Lombardi and the Los Angeles Kings dealing for Ben Bishop is about more than just an insurance policy for Jonathan Quick.

-- FOH Mike Halford has the Minnesota Wild going for it with their trade for Martin Hanzal, but also keeping him from the other teams in the West.

-- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the Penguins are in great shape after winning the Cup last spring, and it’s clear they’re in good hands after Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle opted not to sell the franchise.

-- Kyle Quincey is being held out of the lineup in New Jersey because of pending trades, and the wonder is who else in New Jersey might be getting dealt.

-- Gabriel Landeskog and his Colorado Avalanche teammates know the trade deadline is coming. It would certainly be weird if they didn’t.

-- The San Jose Sharks feel fortunate for the timing of their bye week as it was clear that they needed a break.

-- For something completely different: Gronk was busy doing Gronk things at the Daytona 500 over the weekend.