Posts Tagged ‘Mike Brown’

After a 1-4 start to the season, the LA Lakers fired Mike Brown. Somehow 5 games was enough evidence for Lakers management to determine that Mike Brown was not the man to lead the “Lake Show” on this year’s quest to make it to the NBA Finals. The move makes absolutely no sense. If the Lakers did not want Mike Brown to coach the team, they should have fired him during the off-season. That way Mike Brown could have moved on to another job and the Lakers could have started the season with the guy they wanted.

THEN

To compound the mayhem going on in LA, the Lakers decided to go after Phil Jackson. Phil Jackson, realizing he was in position to ask for everything including the kitchen sink, stated his demands towards Laker management. Somehow Lakers management was appalled with the circumstances with which Phil Jackson would come back and turned to Mike D’Antoni for the head coaching position.

So……in review, the Lakers fired a defensive guru who had no ability to coach the offense & hired an offensive guru who doesn’t understand the concept of playing defense. So much for the old phrase “defense wins championships”. Apparently the Lakers feel that that idea is played out.

There was a brief period of “I told you so” coming from Laker’s supporters when the Lakers won 2 games in a row during the post Mike Brown era. But make a note that those two games were against the (3-4) Golden State Warriors & the (2-6) Sacramento Kings. It was business as usual on November 13th when the Lakes played the Spurs. They lost 84-82.

To think Mike D’Antoni is the answer to the Lakers prayers is to believe in Santa Claus at Christmas. D’Antoni is a good coach but he has never came through in the Playoffs. Of the 9 seasons he’s coached, D’Antoni has made the playoffs 5 times and has neve been to the NBA Finals. At least Mike Brown made a trip to the NBA Finals while in Cleveland. Mike D’Antoni’s lack of a defensive strategy has always surfaced in the crucial moments in the Playoffs. The Lakers made a rash decision thining their Ace in the hole, Phil Jackson, would return with open arms and now are stuck in limbo with Mike D’Antoni. Kobe Bryant’s quest for a 6th NBA Championship ring has not been made any easier by the events of this past week.

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Should the Los Angeles Lakers think about trading Kobe Bryant and/or Pau Gasol to create more financial cap space?

One of many questions that the Lakers have to answer during the offseason on the eve of an early expected playoff exit.

Trading Kobe Bryant is not really an option unless you could get Lebron James and Chris Paul in return. Plus, #24 is synonymous with the Los Angeles Lakers like Magic’s #32 on a smaller scale. Even if Kobe is on the decline, he’s still a better player, and more driven then most NBA players 10 years his senior. Not to mention the fact that he’s a basketball icon.

If the Lakers plan to trade anyone this summer then it should be the inconsistent Pau Gasol. The lakers should also look at retaining the services of former laker, Lamar Odom, pending his status and range of success with Team USA basketball.

Do the lakers need a new point guard? The answer to this question depends on the duties of a point guard in Mike Brown’s system. Let’s assume the lakers will address this issue by trading Ramon Sessions, Steve Blake, Darius Morris and/or the 2012 NBA draft.

Some other scenarios for the point guard position should include Jameer Nelson, Jason Terry or Delonte West. Although, Nelson is shorter then the average NBA point guard, he could guard faster guards like Ty Lawson, Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker alot better then Blake or Sessions. Nelson can also create his own shot. Jason Terry is a great scorer off of the bench and would lighten the scoring load for the second unit. Even though, he will become a free agent on July 1st. Terry will most likely resign with the Dallas Mavericks with the potential addition of Deron Williams to be apart of another 2013 NBA championship run. Acquiring Delonte West would be a desperation move because Metta World Peace would no longer be the craziest person in the locker room.

The development of College of Charleston standout, Andrew Goudelock, is key to the lakers future. Realistically, he won’t be a legit 3-point shooter or point guard until his third year in the league. For the lakers thats two years too late.

Who will play the power forward position with the second unit? Jordan Hill was a pretty good back up power forward that just became a unrestricted free agent. But I think that he’s looking for a nice pay day. The lakers don’t have the money to make such a move. So it looks like the lakers have another position to fill on the bench.

Trading Andrew Bynum isn’t really an option this off-season because he’s virtually a cheap 7’2,” and somewhat effective center. Unless Dwight Howard is willing to play for the Lakers, which isn’t likely, then Bynum will be in the purple and gold next season.

Last but not least the lakers might need to get rid of Mike Brown, who was probably hired to be the front office scapegoat while the organization is trying to acquire new pieces.