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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.
Comments

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 4:05 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

When the Lakers hired Mike Brown, who DIDN'T see this coming? Phil Jackson barely kept this team together. The Lakers' brass should have just told the players that they were not gonna hire another coach. The players were gonna coach themselves, since they obviously know everything about winning. This all starts and ends with Kobe Bryant. His attitude flows right on down to Ron Artest and the others. Personally, I would have loved to see this Lakers team as it is currently constituted coached by the players. They all would be bitching at each other about the offense, and how none of the other guys knows what the hell they are talking about. Since Kobe has all those rings, he obviously knows everything, so fire Brown, make Bryant player coach, whether he likes it or not, and tell him to go coach that team of malcontents to a title, or else.



Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:55 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Derek Fisher is horrible as a point guard.After the big 3 you have nothing. Oh how we could use CP3.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:44 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Are they not running the triangle o? Why would they change that? Just because you change coaches does not mean you have to change your system. It works well when you have a Jordan or Bryant in the mix...



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:40 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

It's not Brown's system that gave up a 21 pt lead. It was 7 TOs by bynum, 30pts on 31 shots by Kobe, and half the offensive rebounds of Washington. When the Lakers do well it's Kobe "Doing what he does". When they do poorly, it's the coaches offense



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:36 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Being a Cavs fan wait until Lakers fan observes Brown getting raked over the coals by the opposing coach.  I will never forget that stupid, deer in the head light look he had when both Popovich (The Finals) and Doc Rivers (a few years ago) made him look like a high school coach. He was so below the level of these guys it was embarrassing. Just get ready for the pucker the lips look when Brown is getting worked.




Since: Mar 2, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:33 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

im sorry but Brown bringing a crappy Cleveland team with only one superstar Lebron is actually an achievement. and consistently in the playoffs too. There were no major trades on that span, all the coach had was lebron and a bunch of chumps. the good thing is lebron made everybody better and he wasn;t a ballhogging powertripping kobe. Brown system works sans kobe.



Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:25 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Brown should wise up and just get Kobe the basketball.  Kobe should be putting up 90-100 shots a game.  Fix that and all will be well.  Bynum and Gasol need to focus on rebounds and getting Kobe the orange.  The crafty ol' vet Derek Fisher should bring the ball up the court and feed it to Kobe with at least 16 on the shot clock and let him create.  When Artest gets a defensive rebound, he should look for the crafty ol' vet Fisher so Fisher can get the basketball to Kobe with 16 seconds on the shot clock.  For offensive rebounds, if there isn't a dunk or the shot clock isn't at 3 seconds or less, get Kobe the basketball.

This is ridiculous.  Kobe should never have to rebound or pass the ball.  That requires too much energy and it will hurt his, er, the Laker offense. 

Let me help Mike Brown.   On the clipboard, draw a 24 in the center and draw a picture of four stick figures passing the ball to 24.  It's that easy.
 



Since: Feb 13, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:23 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

So why are they questioning the offense when they have sucked at defense the last few years and Brown has totally changed that for the Lakers.  They got blown out by the Mavs last year because their defense sucked and now because they can't execute they blame Brown for that?  Kobe gets the ball, Kobe shoots the ball is their offense and at times they throw it down low to Bynum or Gasol.  Their bench is horrible and so is Metta World that is why their offense sucks not Brown.  What a bunch of winers!!!
 



Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:19 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Lakers' players need to STFU and look in the mirror if they want to blame someone.  Brown's offense seems to work OK at home.  It's not different on the Road.  It worked pretty well building a 21 point lead in a qurter and a half last night.  Was it different after that, or was it the players?  I'm so sick of players whining about salaries, coaches, fans, teammates, or anything else they can find.  Just do your job and play hard and smart, and there might be a whole lot less losing to try to blame on others. 



Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 2:47 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

I hate Mike Brown!!! he is the worst coach in Lakers history! Even worse then Kurt Rambis!
I wish we had anyone else then this Al Roker look alike  LOL!! He is worthless.
Does anyone even know the offense that he runs????? He is the biggest reason why we can win on the road.
His plays are a Joke! They are High school plays, I hope this is his first and last year. He has ruined the Lakers.

Get rid of Brown quick!!!!  The players hate him and its starting to show.


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