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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 ESPN.com: 
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 ESPNLosAngeles.com 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 ESPNLosAngeles.com 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.
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Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 5:37 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

I have watched every Laker game this year, and to me, it is clear that the offense needs to run through Andrew Bynum, just as it ran through Shaq. Andrew has become a star, shooting 65% from the field this year, and 85% from the line over his past 12 games. James Worthy was absolutely beside himself during the post game show after the Detroit loss, bemoaning the Lakers refusal to feed Bynum as their lead evaporated. Let me lay it out; kick it into Bynum, if he has single coverage, he goes to the basket, if he draws the double or triple team, he passes to the open man. That's it. We cannot have Kobe taking 30 jump shots per game, especially when Bynum 12 for 16 from the field.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 5:31 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Plain and Simple, Mike Brown's offense is predicated on a dribble penetrating "floor general" type of PG, Lakers made a trade for CP3 and it got squashed by Stern.  The aftermath is a Triangle friendly roster trying to use a pg driven post-up kick out offense, it doesnt work!



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 5:30 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

     When a team loses to the suck-ass Lizards, they have problems.  This team won't go anywhere come playoff time.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 5:18 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

What is it about Los Angeles and Coaches having no control over players? First it was Ben Howland at UCLA and now Mike Brown. The first thing the Lakers need to do is release Ron Artest ASAP. He has been nothing but trouble all year and his talent does not equal his pain-in-the-neck attitude anymore. Dude can't shoot at all. Can't handle at all. He's an average defender now. All he does is complain. He has gone the way of Terrell Owens. He should be banned from the practice arena.

Next, someone needs to get Kobe under control. I like Kobe and think he's one of the best scorers of all time, but not anymore. Kobe isn't the same player he was 5 years ago, 3 years ago, 2 years ago. Kobe has fallen way off. He doesn't have the explosive game anymore, he's all jumpers. When they fall it's fine, but they don't always fall. He also doesn't get to the line like he used to. Early in his career he was a dynamite athlete who could shoot free-throws and no one could handle him. He needs to pound the ball inside to Bynum and Gasol and work off of them. He'll get way better looks and have higher percentage jumpers instead of fade aways with a hand in his face. Brown needs to get him under control today. Kobe was never an elite defender or facilitator, which is why he is not the best Laker of all time. But he was once a GREAT scorer. He is now just a good scorer.

If the Lakers don't fix these two problems immediately, it doesn't matter what else they do. Artest is causing a mutiny and dragging the whole team down. No matter who they bring in, Kobe isn't good enough to carry them anymore. Those are two undeniable facts. Nothing will be fixed until they are addressed.




Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 4:58 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Kobe Bryant isn't 23 years old anymore. But he thinks he can go out there and just do what he used to do and everything will work out fine. Wrong.

Kobe is one of the league leaders in turnovers because he's not the same Kobe he was 5 years ago. Kobe refuses to accept that the offense needs to go to the big men first, and him second. Mike Brown is too much of a weak coach to tell Kobe what the truth really is.

Traditionally, in basketball on the championship teams, the big men are the anchor and focal points of the offense. This is the history of Lakers basketball. From George Mikan to Shaq, the Lakers have been a center orientated team.

Kobe claims to be a student of the game. Yet he refuses to acknowledge the history of the game. Especially when his skills have obviously deminished.

What we have is an old, selfish player that only wants to win on HIS TERMS!



Since: Mar 8, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 4:41 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

This is exactly right. I was so disgusted with Kobe these last two games. Meanwhile Bynum (although turning it over) was killing it. They go away from him towards the end and its Kobe iso shit.



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 4:40 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

This kind of talks is what comprises a coach losing his team, so the report's pretty volatile.
'This kind of talks is what comprises'? No offense, but this phrase makes no sense. Perhaps 'kind of talk' would be okay, but it seems like the word you want is 'connotes', not 'comprises'. 'Comprises' means 'consists of'.

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.
Speaking of drama, it would be hard to write a more hyperbolic sentence than this. 'One of the most dominant teams of the last decade'? I don't follow your writing, but you sound like a Celtics fan.



Since: Mar 8, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 4:35 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

I heard Mike Brown's start of the 4th quarter speach was; "Kobe, first 5 possessions I want one on one isolation with you out there. Get it done. I dont care if you miss every shot. I want ISO."



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 4:23 pm
 

Just wondering

...how Mike Brown would measure up as a coach if he had not one single superstar? Cavs=fail, Lakers= almost fail.



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 4:19 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Other coaches will lick their jobs when the Lakers are on the court during the Playoffs. Like I said earlier anyone who could not see how outcoached he was while w/ the Cavs is blind.  Sure the Cavs were a 1 man team but stupid things like leaving Mo (Defense???) Williams on Rondo was a blinding light to what a bad coach he is. Again Laker fan get ready for the old lip pucker look when his team is getting run over.



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