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Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:32 am
Edited on: March 8, 2012 9:39 am
The Lakers are facing serious problems on the road. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

The Lakers' loss to the lowly Wizards isn't causing panic. But it's definitely got the Nation of Lakerland in an uproar, inside and out. The Lakers' inability to win on the road where they are now 6-14 on the season is a huge black mark on their championship-caliber record. It makes two losses in two nights to lottery teams, with the Wizards truly one of the league's worst teams. It involved a 21-point blown-lead, a dagger from Nick Young, and Kobe Bryant shooting 31 times. Thirty-one-times for thirty points. 

So in this time of trouble, Mother Laker has of course came to them, speaking words of wisdom: "throw your coach under the bus and try and run the offense you want on your own." From 
Bynum publicly invited the bulk of the responsibility for the Lakers' second straight loss to a lottery-bound straggler from the Eastern Conference, but sources told this week that there is growing concern among some Lakers players as to whether first-year coach Mike Brown and his staff have the X-and-O wherewithal to fix a Lakers offense that is averaging its lowest per-game point total (94) since before the advent of the 24-second shot clock in 1954-55.

Brown's effect on the Lakers' defense has been undeniable, but sources say the team's ongoing struggles on the road -- with L.A. dropping to 6-14 away from Staples Center following a loss in Detroit and blowing a 21-point lead to the undisciplined Wizards -- have some veterans longing for a return to the trusty Triangle offense preferred by Brown's predecessor, Phil Jackson.
via Sources: Los Angeles Lakers players have concerns over coach Mike Brown's X's and O's - ESPN Los Angeles.

The report goes on to say:  
Sources told that multiple players have continued to meet privately since the initial team meeting to discuss running elements of the Triangle offense again.

"The players want to unify," one source with knowledge of the situation said. "They know how to win, and they want to fix this. I don't know if they can, though. "
via Sources: Los Angeles Lakers players have concerns over coach Mike Brown's X's and O's - ESPN Los Angeles.

Yes, because clearly, when I think about who should be organizing an offense behind their coach's back, I think of Matt Barnes, Metta World Peace, Andrew Bynum, and Steve Blake.

If the report's on target, that's an abject disaster for Brown and Lakers' management. Players considering overthrowing a coach's offense in favor of what they want to do, which happens to be one of the most complex offenses to run? It should be noted that no coach outside of Phil Jackson, with either Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant in his prime, or Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, have been successful with the system. So basically this is a terrible idea.

This kind of talks is what comprises a coach losing his team, so the report's pretty volatile. It's been less than a full season for Brown and with the players unrest showing in both their effort and talks like this, the Lakers' most drama-filled season since Kobe Bryant's trade demand in 2007 is threatening to break apart one of the most dominant teams of the last half-decade.

Since: Mar 21, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:26 am

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

I agree that a mutiny is in order, but the office that needs to be over run is not that of the coach, but rather that of Buss Junior. He has a knack for pulling wrong triggers, consitent miss-firing and bad hiring, and has limited business accumen as attested by the Lamar for zero trade. Some one needs to wrestle operational authority away from him and save him from becoming the basketball version of Frank McCourt.
The facts are simple and obvious. The Lakers have three fifths of a starting championship team. It's time for someone to storm the helm and right the ship.

Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:22 am

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Now, they are blaming the coach? Wow.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:21 am

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Kobe is taking every single shot.  He refuses to pass the ball or even drive to the rim.

Kobe will jumpshoot this team to .500 and out of the playoff.

The system is not bad.  It is just the coach is powerless to implement it effectively.  One person rules that team with an iron fist.

The coach is powerless.  His teammates are afraid of Kobe as well to say anything.

Until someone talks to Kobe, this is just an exercise in futility from players too cowardly to approach Kobe.

Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:16 am

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

It's not Brown's offense, it's Kobe Jacking up 20 foot fadeaways instead of going down inside.  If Pau/Drew get 30 shots and Kobe gets 20 per game, then you will see some W's.

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