Lakers Rumors: Kobe Bryant's Frustration Will Return If LA Continues to Struggle

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIINovember 5, 2012

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For now, Kobe Bryant is only telling the Los Angeles Lakers' critics to "shut up" (according to the Los Angeles Times). However, if the team continues to struggle, he'll probably be telling Mike Brown to hush up soon.

According to Roland Lazenby of, the Mamba doesn't traditionally like play-calling offensive systems. Something structured like the Princeton offense would generally work fine, but you have to wonder if the team will need a change in philosophy. Lazenby tweeted:


Obviously Kobe trusts a system offense. When he was 19, he told me he dreamed of playing for Tex in the triangle. He was miserable under Del

— Roland Lazenby (@lazenby) November 3, 2012

Bryant is a man who is playing on borrowed time. There's only so much run left in those ankles and knees. This team is built to win immediately, and while he may be able to brush off a slow start for now, a prolonged span of futility won't sit well with Bryant.

Imagine how his temperament will be if the Lakers are 5-10 after their first 15 games.

This is an 82-game schedule this season, but the Lakers can't disregard the need to obtain home-field advantage in the Western Conference playoffs.

The Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers aren't going to cut them any slack.

The offense the Lakers are currently running doesn't allow the team's best players to operate in their comfort zones. Whenever you have a team with so many stars, someone is going to have to sacrifice touches.

However, that shouldn't be Bryant and Steve Nash.

The Princeton offense doesn't allow Nash to dominate the ball and distribute it the way he's capable of distributing it.

Why bring Nash to the team if you're only going to have him as another guy in the scheme? It's a bit pointless.

Instead, Pau Gasol is facilitating as much or more than Nash. Gasol is skilled, but that isn't an ideal setup for this collection of talent.

It isn't time to panic yet, but we'll see how long Bryant supports Brown if things don't change.


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