That was fast.
Coach Mike Brown is out and the Los Angeles Lakers are looking for a new guy to roam the sidelines and hopefully bring another title to the City of Angels.
Talk about pressure.
“Welcome to Los Angeles. Oh, by the way, we expect you to install a new offense in one practice, manage a stable of mismatched superstars and win a title in June. Good luck!”
One word comes to mind when you look at the situation with Mike Brown.
To be fair, Brown may have been part of the problem. The choice of offense, the lack of rapport with players and the disappointing start all contributed to the firing.
What do you do going forward?
The problem is that a coach is not like a spare part in an engine. With a basketball team, you do not simply replace a broken piece of equipment and then instantly return to peak production.
The Lakers lost Steve Nash early on, which means that they are essentially playing with an older version of last year’s team. In addition, this team barely had time to mesh on the floor. I do not care how many stars you have on a team. Chemistry takes time.
As noted by ESPN, Bernie Bickerstaff was asked if there is something missing with this team right now. He replied, "Yeah, there is something missing right now: (Steve) Nash."
This is not a video game. You cannot simply put stars together and dominate.
How about the fact that the Lakers are not a great defensive team right now? In their two wins so far this season, the Lakers have held opponents to an average of 78 points. Unfortunately, in their four losses the Lakers have given up 103.8 points per game.
Some have suggested that Mike Brown could not “inspire” the Lakers to play better defense.
When did this become a small-school college football team? Do these guys really need to be “inspired” to play tough defense? What if this team just is not young enough to hang with some of the more athletic clubs?
Maybe it was just about communication between Mike Brown and his players. Coaching is obviously different in the NBA because the players make more money than the coach and they can sometimes get him fired.
However, there are still parallels between professional athletes and us common folk. If you do not respect the person who is theoretically your supervisor, the motivation is going to suffer. Bad workplace relationships are the biggest distraction in terms of productivity.
Where do the Lakers go from here? There are options, but I do question some of the names that are out there.
Phil Jackson? Bringing back the Triangle? Is Nash a good fit for that offense either? How long would it take to teach this offense to a new squad?
Jerry Sloan? Didn't he say that he was done? Will he really bring “discipline” to a squad full of modern superstars?
Mike D’Antoni? A run-and-gun style with this squad? The Lakers do not have the horses.
The bottom line is that Lakers management felt like they had to make a move.
I think they panicked.
They got rid of one problem, but whoever comes in will also have problems.
Maybe Kobe should be a player-coach. At least there won’t be any death stares.