Mike Brown FIRED!

Later Mike Brown.

Today it was announced that Mike Brown was fired as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Surprised? I sure am not. There was much speculation last season with the tumultuous relationship between Mike Brown and Kobe Bryant on whether or not he would be a long term option in LA. He didn’t do himself any favors this season by guiding the Lakers to a 1-4 start, along with a winless preseason.

But wait, the Lakers made some huge roster moves this offseason so there is always the possibility that the team has not gelled together yet. Brown also changed the offense, trying to get the team to buy into this “Princeton Offense,” which emphasizes constant motion, passing, back-door cuts, picks on and off the ball, and disciplined teamwork. Well apparently Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash & Company never got the memo. An 0-8 preseason, followed by a 1-4 start to the regular season ultimately spelled his demise.

Was this the stare that got Mike Brown fired?

As a Lakers fan, this season has been very frustrating to watch. Well, at least what I have seen so far. I missed the 1st 2 games due to Hurricane Sandy, and was forced to watch the Lakers/Clippers matchup on my laptop because the cable wasn’t back. From what I saw in the first 3 games, I was not impressed.

I generally thought the Princeton Offense would never be a fit for the Lakers, primarily because it would change roles of the majority of the Lakers players, roles which won them all sorts of accolades, including multiple MVP’s, All-Star appearances, Defensive Player of the Year and even NBA Titles. While I think Mike Brown is a good guy and not a terrible coach, he just wasn’t the man for the job. He crashed and burned in Cleveland with Lebron James, did the same with the Lakers.

Here’s an excerpt from an article written by Chris Bernucca via Chris Sheridan:

“At its roots, the Princeton offense uses several basic tenets. It de-emphasizes the notion of true positions such as point guard and small forward. It opens the area beneath the basket by using a high post player who should be a good passer. It relies on constant movement, off-the-ball screens and back cuts, ideally breaking down defenses with patience and precision. Think about the overwhelming personnel on the Lakers and ask yourself if this sounds like a good fit.

“It de-emphasizes the notion of true positions such as point guard. Nash has won two MVP awards – one more than Bryant, by the way – as a true point guard. At 38, he remains one of the most effective playmakers in the game because his dominance of the basketball is belied by his selfless willingness to surrender it at the ideal time.

“Nash also is one of the best pure shooters in the game, making him virtually unguardable in the pick-and-roll. And with the Lakers, he can have twice the fun in Howard and Pau Gasol, both of whom are strong pick-and-roll big men in their own ways. But Jordan’s offense calls for an overt sharing of the ball, which minimizes Nash’s effectiveness.

“It opens the area beneath the basket by using a high post player who should be a good passer. Gasol is an ideal fit for this role; he is among the most intelligent and best-passing 7-footers in NBA history. He also is a threat to knock down an elbow jumper.

“The Lakers also have Howard, generally regarded as the most dominant low-post player in the game. The offense moves him away from where he is most lethal – providing unexpected relief to opposing defenses – and puts him at the high post, where his effectiveness is somewhat limited to the initiation of the pick-and-roll. And while years of facing double-teams has made Howard an acceptable passer, no one would ever confuse him for a good passer, which also makes things easier for opposing defenses.

It relies on constant movement, off-the-ball screens and back cuts. Does constant movement sound like a good idea for a lineup with four players 32 or older? Should Bryant only be getting the ball after a precision back cut? Should clearly defined positional players such as Nash and Howard be screening away for Metta World Peace, who stops the ball as often as he moves it?

Where do the Lakers go from here? Do they try and hire one of the big names off the Free Agent coaching board? Names like Mike D’Antonio, Rick Adelman, and Jerry Sloan are a few that are out there. But the real question is, will the Lakers reach out to Phil Jackson for Round 3 with the Zen Master? The triangle offense would do wonders with this team and a veteran coach would be perfect for this veteran squad. If that fails, the other man who could run the triangle, Brian Shaw, was allowed to leave by Lakers management before last season. Who knows. All I know is that something needs to happen soon. I’m not looking for any repeats of 2004 when the Lakers assembled a great veteran squad only to lose in the Finals to the Pistons. Get it together fellas!

    • pat
    • November 9th, 2012

    Saw that comming long time ago.Everybody knows Kobe makes the calls on that team on who says and who goes . Brown should have never took that job>

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