It's tough to be Mike Brown these days. The Los Angeles Lakers head coach has drawn the ire of every fan, pundit and talk radio blatherskite in Southern California in the wake of his team's 1-4 start. A man known for his defensive expertise is currently overseeing a unit that ranks 25th in scoring efficiency, despite having Dwight Howard, a pair of (once) elite perimeter stoppers in Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace and solid length all around.
And, after mustering a meager 86 points on 33.8-percent shooting against a middling Utah Jazz defense, LA's Princeton-ish offense—which was originally Mike Brown's idea to install—is back in the crosshairs.
Next thing you know, there'll be a mob of Purple-and-Gold-clad fanatics calling for Mike's shiny bald dome on a stick, right next to Ned Stark's in King's Landing.
Which, I believe, is somewhere off the 405 freeway.
Brownie has plenty on his already-overloaded plate, then. Frankly, I feel somewhat sorry for the guy. He's a solid coach with a resume to match (albeit one without a ring) who was in a near-no-win situation replacing Phil Jackson and wound up under even more ridiculously intense pressure after Mitch Kupchak's magical summer.
More importantly, as a native Angeleno and long-time Lakeshow viewer (until Time Warner Cable took over, anyway), it'd be nice to see this star-studded squad succeed.
I'm not a coach and I certainly don't play one on TV, though Brownie might do well to heed these suggestions regarding the Lakers' offensive pecking order.