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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: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:15 pm
 

Kobe's the problem!

Doesn't anyone remember Mike Brown's offense in Cleveland?  It's easy.  LeBron dribbles at the top of the 3 pt arc for 10-15 seconds while the other 4 players watch...occasionally moving around.  Just before the shot clock goes off, Chocker, I mean, LBJ, shoots a 23 footer (mostly) or drives to the basket (rarely).
Kobe has to learn this stuff.  It's on tape.  He's the superstar on this team!!  

Yes this is sarcasm!!! 



Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:09 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Whitecat....Cleveland Browns are the football, you mean Cavaliers.  And who is Scott Brown?  I live in the area, and I don't know anyone associate with the Cavaliers named Scott Brown.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:00 pm
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

agree with PG being a major problem but R. Sessions never played for brown in Clev



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:55 am
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Brian Shaw should have been the hire; Mike Brown was outcoached in the clev. vs. orl series; and I think he was winning because of Lebron. Phil Jackson would have the stones to call out Kobe for caring about the scoring title more than winning. Phil also understood the rotations with gasol and bynum. Gasol is a low block scorer just like bynum. Phil understood if both guys were in at the same time kobe can't jack up shots when they should use their advantage down low. The strength of this team is the size and length of bynum and gasol. Losing s. browns athleticism has really hurt and giving away odom length was also a terrible decision. I would also question any coach that was still playing ron artest the minutes he is getting.



Since: Aug 26, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:54 am
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Shaw was a kiss up tag along that had no resume to sell. Brown is only guilty of kissing LeBron xxx as every other person in the NBA has.

Kobe is either a killer for you or he kills your team. I thought he had gotten better at accepting he is going to have off nights and needs to shut it down and play as a team mate instead of the star. I think he is also playing for the scoring title, as selfish players do, instead of complimenting his team mates.

If the Lakers don't get a decent point guard pick up this season, they are doomed. Fisher and Blake are among the worst point guards the Lakers have ever had one and two.

Bynum has quit crying and World Peace remembers he is on the team now so if someone can wake up Gasol and find a point guard, there is hope!



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:51 am
 

Same as in Cleveland

Take it from a Cleveland fan who watched years of Mr. Potato Head / Bubba Gumps ineptitude on the clipboard - the problem is Mike Brown.  He has a solid defensive system, but he can't draw up an offensive play to save his life, let alone an etire system.  He also can not make adjustments during the game.  He makes the same subs at the same time every single game, regardless of what is happening on the court.  When it got bad in CLE, the players literally turned their backs on him in the huddle and did whatever Lebron said.  Same will happen here, with players looking to Kobe for answers. 

Great D coordinator - horrible head coach.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:51 am
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

There is one reason why being an NBA coach is almost an impossible job to do.   And everybody knows exactly what it is.



Since: Mar 8, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:39 am
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Ball Hog Kobe is the problem. Anyone who can't see that is blind.



Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:36 am
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

Can really blame Brown, but it was the wrong hire. Brian Shaw should have been coach but buss didnt like how close Kobe and Shaw were. It was a move to assert his authority and its backfired. The organization is a mess right now.



Since: Mar 8, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:36 am
 

Report: Lakers considering offensive mutiny

LakerLand in BIG trouble!! They have much more problems than the offence and it starts at the top. This Buss Jr. is ruining and has ruined this team. The offense is terrible but that is because all the players including Kobe are so inconsistent. We saw what they could do when they are focused like Sunday against the Heat. They looked like a whole different team against Miami, just like the Championship teams we used to know. Then they lay a couple of eggs immediately following that win. They think they are really good and talented and can turn in on when ever they want but they are just not as good as they think they are. 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!!! As good as they looked against Miami they need a big shake up and at this point I don't even think a trade will save them unless they could bring in the likes of Williams from NJ and Howard from Orlando. It is sad to see as a Laker fan and watch this team play with "NO PASSION" or sense of urgency. You could accept losses if you give it all you got but when you have talent and waste it because your lazy and are not passionate it is hard to accept. This Laker team is great at one thing and that is they are great underachievers. These particular players on this team could compete with the best they just need to watch teams like the Bulls and watch a team play with heart and passion. I am not even a Bulls fan but who do they have on their team as far as so called superstars....Rose and then Who??? Note to Lakers....watch the Chicago Bulls play basketball and watch a "TEAM" play with heart, hunger and passion!!! I've been a loyal fanatic laker fan since 1970....its a sad day to be a Laker fan!!!Cry  


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