L.A. Lakers: Mike Brown Has to Start Doing His Job

Ryan SimonCorrespondent IIMay 9, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 08:  Head coach Mike Brown of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the third quarter while taking on the Denver Nuggets in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 8, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Can someone remind Mike Brown that he's still the coach of the L.A. Lakers? While you're at it, can you tell me why on earth Andrew Bynum only took eight shots last night?

There's no way Bynum should only shoot the ball eight times in a possible series-ending Game 5. He could be a franchise centerpiece on a lot of teams in the league; no possible centerpiece should only get eight shots in the playoffs.

It's not like he wasn't fighting for the ball, he had great position on JaVale McGee throughout the entire game.

The problem was he just wasn't getting the basketball. I'd much rather have Bynum in the post over Steve Blake shooting threes.

Kobe Bryant shot the ball 32 times, and that's utterly ridiculous. There's no reason for Kobe to have four times as many shot attempts over Bynum. Mike Brown needs to set the record straight. Bynum has to be more involved, there's no way around it.

Pau Gasol is taking a step back this season, allowing Bynum to blossom. If Gasol is going to continue doing this, Bynum has to be a bigger part in the offensive game plan. Brown needs to realize this, and make sure this happens.

If Bynum isn't getting the ball, tell the guards on the floor to get him the ball more. Ramon Sessions shouldn't have to look around for someone to pass it to when Bynum has deep position in the post. 

It's time for Brown to wake up and do his job, before he's looking for another one and the Lakers are out of the playoffs.