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Brown says Laker offense goes through the bigs

Posted on: September 16, 2011 2:20 pm
 
By Matt Moore

With no summer workouts, no summer league, no contact being players and coaches whatever, Mike Brown has entered the Lakers organization quietly. There's a lot of mystery. There will be defense, sure. But what's the offense going to look like? Will it be anything like the triangle that won five championships there? How will Kobe Bryant be used? Is there any chance of more touches for the big men? Turns out the answer to the last one is a big "yes." Brown sat down with the Orange County Register and had a conversation about his plans for the offense. 

 
And whether you want to read a lot or a little into it, note this: When talking about the contrasting offensive styles Brown will show from Cleveland to here, the new Lakers’ coach summarized the coming Lakers offense as feeding Gasol and Bynum inside, not being the Kobe show.

“This team is completely different from what I had in Cleveland,” Brown said. “In Cleveland, I had a guy who liked to come off the top of the floor, liked to play in space and play pick-and-roll and make plays for others. Here, I’ve got two guys similar to what we had in San Antonio; you’re able to throw them the ball on the block.”
via New Lakers coach Mike Brown: passion, positivity | brown, lakers, coach - Sports - The Orange County Register.

Kobe Bryant had a 35.1 percent usage rate (percentage of possessions used) last season, compared to 21.8 percent for Pau Gasol and just 17.6 percent for Andrew Bynum. The last impression from the Lakers was that of Bryant playing well and the big men failing versus the Mavericks. But during the season, the narrative was quite different. If the Lakers had turned to Gasol and Bynum more during the regular season, not only would Kobe Bryant have had more energy, but they likely would have won more games and possibly gotten the top spot instead of the Spurs. Everything could have been different. But then, that's a hypothetical.

What is certain is that the Lakers are changing, and you're going to see more of a role for Andrew Bynum. He's no longer the young up and coming center. It's time to discover if he's worth the investment Jim Buss wants to make in him, or if the Lakers need to look for a different superstar of the future. Kobe Bryant will still be a huge part of the Lakers, all the way until he retires. But his role is shifting. How he handles that will be something to watch closely as the Lakers try and cash in for a third championship with this core.  
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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Brown says Laker offense goes through the bigs

King B, you sound like Smans mildly retarded little brother... just sayin.
 



Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Brown says Laker offense goes through the bigs

@KingB 


Dude, do you type with your feet? 



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 7:01 pm
 

Brown says Laker offense goes through the bigs

SMAN HAD A HIGHER SCORE THAN RICHYRICHES ! IM JUST SAYING THERE MUST BE SOME TRUTH TO IT! HAHAHAHA LOL KOBE IS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE GAME AND MAY NOT BE THE BEST CLOSER WHEN HE CARRIES THE TEAM ALL YEAR WITH NO POINT GAURD! LETS GET SOME TALENT TO HELP CARRY THIS TEAM SO KOBE CAN BE S MAN WHEN THE PLAYOFFS START! GO LAKERS AND KOBE SMAN



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Brown says Laker offense goes through the bigs

lebronze NICE ! kobe does need the ball but more important than kobe and the (BIGS) we need a real true pg w speed! fisher has been great and is a clutch player but his wings have been clipped by father time! i hope the lakers will make some changes to add some speed and better defense! is it time to let some of these (names) go artest fisher and gasol who if he plays BIG  can be a true asset but his brother outplayed him all the way thru the playoffs! i would trade gasol for young hard playing scorer and rebounder like kevin love! maybe try to get chris paul! the mavericks are way to deep and the heat are way to young and fast for us! if we are gonna play with these guys we need depth and speed! GO LAKERS



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 6:18 pm
 

Brown says Laker offense goes through the bigs

 Actually, when Kobe shoots 'as much as possible' the Lakers usually lose. He's a pretty low percentage shot for a go-to guy, he always has been. I hate to compare him to AI, because he's not that bad, but Kobe scores because of the volume of shots he's allowed to take. He's never been anything more than average in the efficiency dept. LeBron went to the Finals last year, where was Kobe? The Lakers had the highest payroll in the league last year, by far, please tell me why Kobe couldn't navigate them to the Finals? The Heat were top-heavy, sure, but they were something like the 18th or 19th highest salary in the league... The Heat will be back in the Finals again this year, while the Lakers will continue their descent, unless they pay to bring in some more talent.


sman2011
Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2011 6:06 pm
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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 5:30 pm
 

Brown says Laker offense goes through the bigs

 Hahahaha "best player in the game"? Come on Sman, enough with the mancrush on Kobe. You could have made that argument and not sounded bat shit crazy about 4 or 5 years ago. Even most die hard Laker fans will tell you that Kobe is not the best player in the league anymore, he probably isn't even top 5 anymore. Please stop with the insanity. The Lakers are going to start focusing on higher percentage looks (aka high FG%, something Kobe has never figured out) Brown dealt with a player who demanded the ball when he was in Cleveland, the difference is LeBron (at this point in both players careers) is/was a player you build your offense around, Kobe isn't that guy anymore. He still forces a lot of shots up, doesn't go out of his way to involve teammates, and even his defense has taken a huge step back. Time to deal with reality Sman, you're going to have to find another player to worship.


sman2011
Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2011 4:26 pm
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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 8:31 pm
 

Brown says Laker offense goes through the bigs

Wait a Minute Everyone! Is this not the Same Offense that he had in Cleveland? And Who did the Ball go thru before he was Fired? (For those who don't know, It was Lebron....) Did he play PF or C with Cleveland? Nah, it was SF.... I'm saying this because that was not the same style of play Brown had with the Cavs and I wonder if Brown truly made that statement. And IF he did, why would he start a lil Friction between himself and Kobe? Makes no sense.... Now Kobe is beyond his Best days as a Scorer which the Lakers need to start looking for Future talent as well. All in all this statement sounds like some Media Crap. We won't know this season how the Lakers will fair maybe 2012/13. 



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2011 7:00 pm
 

Brown says Laker offense goes through the bigs

@Eichler

Kobe would be fine with the new offense. He would and can play within the confines of passing the ball into the big men. He has shown a tendency to do this as he have attempted to get others involved in the game. When he do this we have had great success.

This method normally open up the offense for Kobe later in the game as the opponents could not cheat and  guard Kobe with 2 players.
 
When the game is on the line and if  we are behind that is a different story. Under Phil, Kobe had a green light to shot in order to catch up or win the game.

I don’t know if Brown would give Kobe the same green light as Phil gave him.

Perhaps Kobe should take a page from the Magic Man. His comments were that if the bigman want the ball he would pass the ball into him. Of course his big man was Kareem. I am sure we can put Bynum in the same gym with the Captian as of yet.

That might be the difference, Kobe is the elder statesman and veteran, while Bynum is in his 3rd or 4th year.

WE will see what will happen, if we have a season of NBA basketball.

“GO LAKERS”


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