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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
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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 10, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 2:28 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

You never hear any Celtic player diss Doc Rivers and believe me they have had good reason to. I don't like the make up of either team, Celtics or Lakers. They both look like one and done teams. Celtics could possibly miss the playoffs. Anyway, what a bunch of childish chumps on the Lakers. When your team leader has no class, is not well liked it just leads towards chaos. Oh and again any Laker dreaming of Rondo in puple and gold next year, keep dreaming. It is not going to happen, Lakers have nothing to offer the Celtics that would be worth a trade. Period!



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 2:25 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Brown took the Cavs to the finals in a far less competitive conference then the West. How did he do? Two games where they scored in the 70's and one in the 80's. They did breakout for 92 points in game 2 though.
Good point TK...  however, one important thing you left off.  When Brown was w/ the Cavs he has the disadvantage of having LeBron in the playoffs.  Not quite fair to Brown.  Cool



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 2:12 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Seriously? We are to take this seriously why? NBA teams don't run offenses, they give the ball to the best player and he does what he wants. Good grief, please report on something more important than this topic.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 2:09 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Another reason why the NBA sucks.  The inmates run the asylum.



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:48 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Why on Earth would the Celtics give up Rondo for Fisher, Walton, and Blake?  If they accepted that trade I'd be so disgusted I'd never watch the NBA again........



Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:47 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

The easiest way to fix the offense would be to bring a guard in at the trade deadline. The more you don't have to play Fisher and Blake, the better they would be. At some point someone besides Kobe has to be able to beat their defender off the dribble.



Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:44 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Brown took the Cavs to the finals in a far less competitive conference then the West. How did he do? Two games where they scored in the 70's and one in the 80's. They did breakout for 92 points in game 2 though.

And Kobe haters please stop. Jordan basically coached the team and Duncan has had the same coach forever. One that can actually coach. When I heard Mike Brown was hired as coach, I threw up in my mouth.



Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:44 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

I have been a Lakers' fan since 1979 (Magic); I was 10 then. Watching Kobe over the years, he has always been about him first and nothing has changed since. His determination and Phil holding him at the breaking line a few times is what got the Lakers those championships. Now Kobe doesn't have that father-figure to hold him from breaking the team into pieces. I always thought, but never said, that Mike Brown (although a great guy personally) is too weak to handle Kobe's ego and the Lakers charisma. As a poster said before, Mike Brown would be a great hire IF they were revamping the team, like the NFL Colts are doing now. When you hire a coach of Brown's caliber, you have to rid egos and "ME" mentalities.



Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:37 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

This is 100% on the Buss family. If you believe Magic, then Kupchek is only implementing what the owner wants (justifiably so).  But why would you bring in a coach who was weaned in the Spurs model of quick, penetrating point guard who will break down a defense and distribute when you don't have one on the roster? Now we all know why they were willing to part with Lamar and Pau to get CP3, because he solved 2 problems with one player (point guard play and scoring). They should have hired Brian Shaw and kept the majority of the old coaching staff unless they were willing to remake the roster. This is sad, and will only get worse if Kobe starts feeling old man time creeping up on him with no chance of winning in sight.



Since: Mar 8, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:36 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Mike Brown is only at fault in the sense that he needs to take control of Kobe Bryant. Anyone who watched the last two debacles knows that Kobe Bryant single-handedly took the Lakers out of those games with selfish play, seemingly forgetting he had teamates on the floor. 17 for 57 speaks for itself. 31 shots in the last game. Who else is to blame? I can't stand to watch this kind of one on five basketball. The Lakers will not go anywhere if this trend continues.



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