Los Angeles Lakers: Will Mike Brown Stay Next Season Without Players' Support?

Mick AkersAnalyst IMarch 8, 2012

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With the recent ESPNLosAngeles.com report stating that the Los Angeles Lakers players are losing faith in first-year Lakers coach Mike Brown, questions have to be raised whether or not the former Cleveland Cavalier coach will make it another season in L.A.

ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelbourne said:

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.

The Lakers are playing an offense that is not the Phil Jackson-led triangle offense for the first time since 1999, and with the dismal offensive output this year, Lakers players are reportedly wanting to bring back the offense they once thrived under.

Sources told ESPN Los Angeles how the Lakers want to bring back the triangle offense:

"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."

One would have to believe that Coach Brown would have no interest in bringing back the triangle offense, as that is not the style of play that he is accustomed to implementing.

The Lakers have other concerns coaching-wise that should have the players concerned as well. The Lakers have looked great at home, but their road record is something to be concerned with.

Coaching is a huge factor in a team's away record, as once a team leaves the comfortable confines of its home court, keeping the team focused and confident is where a good coach makes his keep.

This season, it is obvious that Brown has not kept the teams composure up on the road, as its road record is a disappointing 6-14, something that won't bode well for the Lakers come playoff time.

If the Lakers make a first-round exit out of this year's playoffs, then Brown will definitely be on the hot seat, as without the players believing in Brown, there is less of a reason for the Lakers organization to keep an underachieving coach around another season.