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Mike Brown wants to cut down Kobe's minutes

Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:33 am
Edited on: January 18, 2012 10:34 am
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Posted by Royce Young

That German knee treatment Kobe Bryant had done has been great, but surely it can't be this great.

Kobe is averaging 37 minutes a game and at 33 years old with a bum wrist and shaky knees, that's just too many minutes. Coach Mike Brown knows it and wants to cut into that.

"I do want to get it down,’ Brown said Tuesday via the O.C. Register.

The 37 minutes a game is a four-minute increase over last season with Phil Jackson. But it's not just that. As the story notes, it's a hard 37 minutes. Unlike in the Triangle, Kobe is the constant focus of the offense, working to get shots, fighting to get open, running off picks, using his dribble -- he's having to put in a heavy workload every night.

He's taking almost 25 shots a game this season, which is the second highest total in his career. And it's not just that. Remember, it's a lockout shortened season with more games and less rest. The Lakers want Kobe healthy, rested and ready for April and May, not January and February.

So if Brown has to sacrafice a game here or there to get Kobe some rest, he might be doing that more. Just trying to whittle three or four minutes a night off is a big deal. It doesn't help that Kobe would prefer to play all 48, so it's not like he's volunteering here.

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Since: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:03 am
 

Mike Brown wants to cut down Kobe's minutes

Mike Brown doesn't really realize what productive and non-productive means and even if he did I doubt he knows how to react to it.  I understand he wants to preserve Kobe for the post season, but this is the real issue at the present time.  He is giving plenty of minutes to a player that don't know what to do with the ball when he's playing, but no one is looking at the film to see how non-effective this dud is - any clue ?  anyone?  He (Brown) has a choice with what he's got in the line-up, but does not want to change his ways as if one night he will start to blossom into the player he (Brown) thinks he will...any clue yet?  Anyone?  Okay - to Coach Brown and his staff - "what contribution to the team do you think Morris has or will give to the team?"  He is, for lack of a better word, "worthless" and giving him playing time over the other "a little bit less worthless rookie Goudelock is utterly mindless.  Why can't anyone among the Lakers staff see and tell the difference between productive and non-productive and react to something non-productive vice non-productive?  Watching a Laker team drown in their own "Sh#t" is very painful to say the least.  Bynum and Pau - just not your average or typical dominant center on a consistent basis like one D12 or Akeem or Shaq or even Jordan and Griffin.  The are like wet puppies in comparison.  No "sense of urgency" what-so-ever.  No "making a statement" type of players - a waste of height and just "over-paid" pair of athletes.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:49 am
 

Mike Brown wants to cut down Kobe's minutes

The truth is coming to light. (Disclaimer, Kobe is my least favorite player in the league - having said that)  Kobe Bryant is balling right now - if an athlete can be "heroic", his efforts have been.  But Kobe will never win another championship as a Laker.  Why?  4 words - Mitch Kupchak, Mike Brown. 

Mitch Kupchak has long been known as a bad general manager, Kobe said so himself a few years back.  If it wasn't for Jerry West having a senior moment and sending Pau Gasol to the Lakers for Kwame Brown (I cannot believe how ridiculous that trade sounds), Kobe would have left a while ago. I have too much respect for West (who was GM for the Grizzlies at the time) to say it was part of a conspiracy to strengthen the Lakers, but if there was ever a trade that should have been vetoed by the league, that was it.  This summer, Kupchak showed his lack of vision in that he traded Odom to a rival for a future second round pick.  What could he have done differently you ask?  Well, instead of moving Odom, he could have sent Pau Gasol to Houston (as we the plan the Chris Paul trade) to Houston for the same package Houston was giving up during that domed deal - Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic and 2nd round pick.  Scola is not Gasol, but you would still have Odom, so its a net loss but not tragic. Kevin Martin gives you a combo guard who can score (he had 27 in the first half last night), and the Suns were very high on PG Goran Dragic a couple years back. Essentially, the Lakers would have gotten deeper and stronger simply by keeping Odom and cutting New Orleans out of the deal.

That would have been a step in the right direction, but they still would have Mike Brown.  Cleveland ownership knew what Laker nation is finding out now.  He is a good defensive coach but his offense is only as good as his best player makes it, and as time goes on, he relies MORE on his star (as opposed to learning to run a real offense). Lebron spent his last 3 or 4 years in Cleleland without ever seeing a real offensive set.  He NEVER got easy looks, never got the ball in his sweet spot - he had to earn every bucket.  Kobe is now in that same boat and shining brightly.  The difference is that Lebron was 22,23, 24, getting stronger each year.  Kobe is (and going to be) 33,34,35 getting older, and presumably more in need of some help. 

Sorry KB24, help is NOT on the way.  Your G.M. is who you thought he was, and Mike Brown is not the man to turn to if you need help scoring.  It could be crash and burn time in Los Angeles




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 8:33 am
 

Mike Brown wants to cut down Kobe's minutes

Cut his minutes?  Great Coach Brown.  Great analyses.  But the problem is, you can't.  Thank Mitch K. for that!  The two best backups for Kobe was Shannon Brown and Odom and they basically got nothing in return for losing any of those guys. 

Unlike in the Triangle, Kobe is the constant focus of the offense, working to get shots, fighting to get open, running off picks, using his dribble -- he's having to put in a heavy workload every night.
 No truer words have ever been spoken.  Kobe is banged up and is working harder than I've seen him in years.  Granted the offense will take some time to get used to but I was under the assumption that this offense was built on getting the ball inside first.  There are some possessions Drew and Gasol don't even touch the ball.  With both of those guys in the line up it's a mismatch every night.  I know Kobe is a great player; one of the greatest to ever play the game.  But his working to get open and fighting through picks, etc. is his own doing if he'd get the ball inside first.  It's the same thing Phil Jackson did with the Lakers (with the Triangle) when Shaq was in his prime during the 3 peat.  Get the ball inside FIRST and force the defenses to have to double-team.  That leaves Kobe one on one on the perimeter.  PASS THE BALL KOBE.......you'll have years to your career. 

I'd like to see LA just put a few games on the shoulders of Bynum and Gasol and see if they can handle the load and let Kobe facilitate.  Sometimes when those guys give the ball up early in the offense they know once it gets to Kobe they'll never see the ball again.  We need to know what Bynum's production can be as the go-to-guy.  There's no reason why he shouldn't be getting 25 attempts per night. 



Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:31 am
 

Mike Brown wants to cut down Kobe's minutes

Good, that way he will only score 50 points instead of 70.




Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:30 am
 

Mike Brown wants to cut down Kobe's minutes

Good, that way he will only score 50 points not 70.




Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 4:22 pm
 

Mike Brown wants to cut down Kobe's minutes

The rest didn't seem to help him or the Lakers last year, and he's playing at a very high level and they are winning, so let him play.  Without a bench they don't have any other option, but to ride the great one to the playoffs.   



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 1:09 pm
 

Mike Brown wants to cut down Kobe's minutes

Mike Brown will cut Kobe's minutes only if Kobe allows it.  For that to happen his teammates will need to step up.  Metta Whirled Peas needs to either find his game or stop shooting and let others who have the skill to do it.  The whole bench needs to step up.  And someone needs to put a bullet in Derek Fisher.  His game died 2 years ago but he just wont lay down.  Don't even try to mention his winner the other night even a stopped watch is right twice a day.  A decent point guard would take a lot of pressure off Kobe.



Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:22 pm
 

Mike Brown wants to cut down Kobe's minutes

@

They tried to get a PG, remember?  Chris something or other...but it fell through for some reason...



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:53 am
 

Mike Brown wants to cut down Kobe's minutes

Cut his minutes down to 25 per game to match his fg attempts



Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:53 am
 

Mike Brown wants to cut down Kobe's minutes

What the Lakers (and Kobe) need is a point guard!!  Forget all this talk of Dwight Howard, Lakers   need to be talking about trading for a good point guard.  That will take alot of stress off of Kobe, if the Lakers keep going like this Kobe is going from 4 years left in the league to maybe 2.  Stearn probably did end the Lakers hope for any success in the next few years.


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