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Owner's health factored into firing

Updated: February 27, 2013, 5:54 PM ET
ESPNLosAngeles.com

The decision to fire Mike Brown just five games into the season was swift and bold, even for the Los Angeles Lakers. As it turns out, they had extra motivation.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said Tuesday that the failing health of owner Dr. Jerry Buss factored into the speed of management's decision to fire Brown.

"The one thing that was a big factor is our lack of patience," Kupchak said in an interview with CBS Radio on Tuesday. "When we made the changes we made ...

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