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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: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2012 4:58 am

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

I like the new LAKERS. The defense is much better. The LAKERS are rebounding much better too. I've also noticed the LAKERS getting more open shots. But they're not hitting enough. Also KOBE has to be more of a team player instead of shooting too much. KOBE has to take better shots and take care of the ball better. LAKERS other players need more touches. Also I'd practice more on passing the ball around as a team. Like whiping it from player to player until you get a good shot.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:38 pm

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

 The Lakers #1 problem is Kobe Iverson... I mean Bryant. You have a team who is disinterested and lost because one player is putting himself and padding his stats above the team. Kobettes can trash me all they want, but the truth is painfully obvious. This isnt the Lakers of a few years back with Kwame Brown and Smush Parker, they have two of the most dominant big men in the league and still Kobe refuses to get his teammates involved. It looks like a pissing contest every night, with Kobe still trying to prove that he is the top dog and can win all on his own. Mike Brown needs to speak up and put Kobe in his place. This situation is much different than Cleveland. LeBron was the teams best and just about only option. He had the ability, and the efficiency to win games on his own, and alot of the times he had to. The Lakers have the highest payroll in the league, by quite a bit, but you have a very selfish player who is sabotaging the teams success. Time for some big changes in LA. Trade Kobe before things get out of hand, if they arent already. 

Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:36 pm

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

I certainly don't know squat about how an offense should run in basketball.  But just watching a few of their games, it seems obvious that Mike Brown is overmatched in his new job.  Say what you want about Phil Jackson and that he only coached all-time greats, but the Lakers looked good when he was coaching them (most of the time). 
This current offense it seems like Pau Gasol is 12 to 15 feet from the rim most of the time shooting jumpers, instead of hanging out near the rim with his little hookshots.  The whole team just seems to be out of sorts.  Yes maybe their defense is better, but not nearly good enough to stop the strongest teams.  As it is now, they might be a first round exit in the playoffs.
Mike Brown with Cleveland, though winning all of those games, relied on the ability of Lebron James for the most part.  Though Lebron was amazing most of the time, their offense was painful to watch.  Spread out, clear the floor, and let Lebron do his thing.  That's not good basketball and not good coaching.  He would probably be a good assistant coach for someone.

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:31 pm

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

it's kobe's team right? where's the leadership magic johnson and other "experts" always say kobe has? why is'nt kobe stepping up to the plate? sticking up for the leader who is their coach. it's good to see how a "big market" team acts when things start to falter. go spurs!!

Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:43 pm

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Magic said they need a trade trade trade...where is jerry west west west? oh thats right golden state...wonder who magic has in mind......

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:29 pm

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

i have no idea why they hired borwn. it seems like every move the lakers management makes, they shoot themselves in the foot. course they did not know the commish would nix their, trade. that was a new one.

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 7:51 pm

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Brown is known as a defensive coach. Everywhere he's coached, the defense has been very good. Then there is the offense. He keeps thinking that his High School offense will work in the NBA. Yes the Lakers need a point gaurd, badly. But running the same 3 offensive sets constantly won't get it done in the NBA! If he would just hire someone that understands professional basketball offense, the Lakers would be much better off. When you have Kobe, Bynum and Gasol you shouldn't be struggling to score points.

Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 7:18 pm

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Cowboy, the stats you gave about Kobe only averaging .5 more turnovers then last year is bogus. 
As I stated the stats were from 2011/2012, 2009/2010, and 2002/2003.  Maybe you should read what I wrote.  The stats are not bogus. You should do your research before you make an ignorant comment.

The Lakers are last in the league in fastbreak points meaning that they can't afford to turn the ball over because they don't get easy baskets in transition. 
Maybe they are last in the league because they have the slowest starting PG in the league.  Fisher could not get out and run when he was young, let alone now that he is 37.

Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 7:09 pm

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

I'm sorry but you are just not going to get a quality pg and the big three stay in tact, 
Just telling what Magic said on TNT. He said the Lakers need to make a trade, but not a blockbuster trade using one of the Big 3.

Didn't say you said Magic was an employee or owner, but that is the only way you can get the real 'behind the closed door' info.  Obviously reporters don't.    BTW, on TNT he said he has no 'behind closed doors' info on what is going on with the Lakers.

Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:58 pm

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Yeah, right! Blame it on the coach,
whiners! These malcontents and aging veterans (including Kobe) who were enabled
by the lucky Phil Jackson are crying because things aren't going their way.
Well I have a solution: Get up off of your sorry, lazy tails and get to
humping. First you had the weeping Idiot, Lamar Odom crying his way out of
La-La-Land with him brainless, nitwit of a wife. He goes to Dallas and
underperforms. Then you have Derek Fisher being beaten like a worn-out drum by
all of the young stud point guards in the League. I suppose that's Mike Brown's
fault that management didn't replace this worthless piece of basketball
yesteryear over the season. I also suppose it's his fault that Pau (Choking)
Gasol can't concentrate because he's being distracted by all of these trade
rumors. Yeah, it's Mike Brown's fault that the BallLess Pau showed his true
character when they got routed by Dallas in last season's playoffs, while the
overrated Guru, Phil Jackson was nodding out on the bench. And now it's Bynum's
turn. Is it Mike Brown's fault that you haven't lived up to the supposed
endless potential that you suckered the Lakers to believe in a few years ago
when they awarded your young and inconsistent Arse a huge contract? Will it be
Brown's fault when you get hurt before the playoffs or during the playoffs? And
what about the Black Mamba? Yeah, you Kobe. You Kobe running around gunning the
ball and playing 1 on 5 like LeCon James did with Cleveland. Things are going
to go your way just because you run your mouth when you shouldn't or people
don't jump when you say jump. Shut up Kobe and play ball because the Clippers
aren't going away like they did in the past. How about buying in to Mike
Brown's program, get tough, play D and quit dreaming of yesteryear. And another
thing: Wake up Ron!!!

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