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Mike Brown could be fired if Lakers struggle on homestand, according to report

The Los Angeles Lakers have just one victory five games into the 2012-13 NBA season. Head coach Mike Brown is already feeling the heat.

Kevin C. Cox

Head coach Mike Brown has been under siege by fans and the media with the Los Angeles Lakers off to a 1-4 start. Now, reports are swirling that Brown could be given his walking papers if the star-studded cast fails to play well on its upcoming homestand, according to ESPN.com.

The Lakers will have six games at home starting on Friday with the Golden State Warriors. After that, Los Angeles will welcome in the Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets.

Executive vice president Jim Buss has given Brown his vote of confidence, telling ESPN that he believes in the man he hired a year ago.

"I have no problems with Mike Brown at all," Buss said. "He just works too hard and he's too knowledgeable for this to be happening."

Newly acquired center Dwight Howard added to those sentiments, saying the team just needs to focus.

"Right now, there's a lot of noise. We're trying to figure out how to play with each other. We're trying to figure out where we're going to get our shots. Everybody is trying to just figure each other out and how we can put this thing together. So once the noise is settled, we can all just have a clear mind. We'll be fine."

This post first appeared on SB Nation.