It's never good for a coach when the team's owner expresses confidence in the safety of the coach's job. There's usually a reason he says that, and it's never because the team is doing particularly well. Jerry Buss' vote of confidence in Mike Brown comes after a 1-4 start for the suddenly hapless new-look Lakers. Is Brown off the hook, or will he get the hook sometime before season's end?
Will Brown stick around?
Mike Brown might not have led the Lakers to a championship last season, but this version doesn't even look like a playoff team.
Who's most to blame?
Kobe Bryant is scoring a bit above his average, but the rest of the Lakers haven't been lighting it up across the board.