Play Fantasy The Most Award Winning Fantasy game with real time scoring, top expert analysis, custom settings, and more. Play Now
Blog Entry

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: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:28 pm

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

This is why Tim Duncan and not Kobe Bryant is the greatest player of the post-Jordan generation.  Can you imagine "Spurs veterans revolt against coach and install their own offense" being a headline?  Of course not, because Duncan is a team-first leader and Kobe is a Kobe-first leader.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:19 pm

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

It's really simple...they need a bonafide point guard to distribute the ball effectively. The league has changed in last few years, good teams have serious point guards that lead their teams. The Lakers are the last of the great teams without a point guard. Neither Fisher or Blake are anywhere near the quality of point guard this team needs, especially with powerful pieces like Kobe, Gasol, and Bynum. I would consider trading For Rondo by giving up Fisher, Walton, and Blake (or Kapono).

Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:04 pm

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Breaking News.....Brown does not coach offense well(see his days in Cleveland) and Kobe shoots too much(see his days without a respected coach and/or better player on his team-some would refer to this as "the system").  Brown and Kobe are giving 100% effort and are playing their typical roles. They both are only as good as their surroundings. What exactly are we expecting?

Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:00 pm

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Laker fans- I'm going to assume you're not dumb. You didn't write this article. The writer is going for a story that doesn't make any sense! L.A. has THREE stars and a few good role players. Don't blame Brown. Put the ball in the basket and play some defense! Coach Brown coached the Cavaliers, THE CAVS, to the league's best record two years in a row! Don't tell me those teams had more talent. He didn't forget how to coach. Why aren't the Lakers winning? You tell me. But leave Brown out of it.

Since: Oct 15, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:56 pm

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

This is great....the offense is good enough to get them a 21 point lead.  But when they blow the lead, lets throw it on the coach and his system.  You have to love Metta and the boys - some great character guys. 

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:44 pm

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Brain Shaw --- no way he should have been the hire!  Don't forget, he drew up a play to himself in 1995 just to give himself a triple double with less than 10 seconds left.  The other teams coach was furious and didn't shake his hand after Shaw went to shake hands....after he got his triple double!!! 

Plus, if he even drew up a play on the clipboard, kobe would have slapped the clipboard out of his hands and then Shaw would go, "Uhm, please pass the ball kobe, ok thank you sir"... 

Come on!!  Did you guys really want all that???   Besides ,  it's a BROWN TOWN now! 

Since: Mar 2, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:43 pm

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Quit blaming Brown. Where are the Kobe lovers now? Kobe is the reason why Lakers are failing right now. Why is the team and coaching staff afraid of Kobe? Only girls should be afraid of Kobe. The rest of the team should man up and do a mutiny against Kobe. I swear just play one game with a garbage team, just one game without Kobe. You don't even need another guard. I bet you it will equate to wins. You need another Linsanity in the team and use the bigs. Or if you Kobe worshippers want him in the game DONT LET HIM SHOOT. Just make him defend and pass all the time. Don;t tell that to the other team of course. Its so easy to coach this team if it wasn;t run by Kobe. Really Brown is not the problem. The Triangle is not the solution. I would argue Fisher is not the problem even. If Fisher ran or dictated the offense, he would actually be more productive, there would be more passing. Kobe is the major problem, if he ran Shaq out, he should run himself out as his time has come.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:35 pm

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Of course everything is worse after a loss like that.  If they had won last night would this same story be published.  Doutful.  Plus its not like Brown blew that 21 point lead.  Quit acting like babies and go play

Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:21 pm

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Who knows better than Magic who is not only a great basketball mind but in the middle of that Laker organization and knows what is going on behind closed doors and he says Trade, Trade, Trade!!! 
Magic is no longer an employee or part owner of the Lakers, so he has no 'behind closed doors' information.  Magic said on TNT that he thinks the Lakers need to tinker around the Big 3.  Bring in another PG, not necessarily a star PG. But leave the Big 3 in tact.

The Laker offense is a joke.  The players move without purpose, no one seems to know where they should be, then when the clock is at 7 seconds they give the ball to Kobe to bail them out.  The last 2 games Kobe has taken way, way too many bad shots even when the clock still has 10 - 12 seconds on it.  The Lakers can't always pound the ball down low when the bigs are getting double and triple teamed.  Last night Bynum had 3-4 turnovers in a row, 7 on the night. They need to make open shots instead of Kobe trying to create shots every time down court.

Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:17 pm

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Isn't this the same coach who took a Cleveland team with 1 superstar to the Finals?  There is more talent on this Laker team; but no results.  They need to stop blaming the coach and look themselves in the mirror.  Stop acting like little prissy biatches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or