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L.A. Lakers: 2011 Season Somehow Gets Even Worse in Los Angeles

CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 14:  Head coach Phil Jackson talks to Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers during their game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena on February 14, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. 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 Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Ryan SimonCorrespondent IIMay 25, 2011

Jerry West is shaking his head.

Phil Jackson is in Montana in disbelief and disgust.

 

Kobe Bryant is on the phone with Phil Jackson, begging him to come back or preparing a huge bottle of poison for himself.

 

Michael Jordan is rolling around on the floor in uncontrollable laughter and LeBron James is right there with him.

 

Seriously, what are the Lakers thinking? Mike Brown? The Los Angeles Lakers are arguably the best sports team in North America, and Mike Brown is filling the head position? What kind of sick joke is this?

 

Mike Brown had a 25-year-old two-time MVP in LeBron James for seven years and only got him out of the East once. Once! And when he did get out, they were swept.

 

Sure, I guess he's a good defensive-minded coach, but his offense is laughable. Isolation plays for a declining Kobe Bryant are not going to get him his sixth ring.

 

Kobe is at the point in his career when he needs to take selective jump shots, get his teammates involved more and drive to the hoop at key times—not be the centerpiece of the offense.

 

Kobe even publicly endorsed Brain Shaw. When your franchise player outright says who he wants to coach for him, you need to listen. He may not be the star he used to be, but his opinion means than anyone else on the team and arguably anyone in that organization. He has enough fuel in the tank to make a run to make a run at multiple tittles and Mike Brown is a waste of whatever is left in his tank.

 

If you can't win LeBron James a ring with his young athletic body, how are you going to win Kobe one with his aging, injury riddled body? From investing too much time and effort into an injury-prone Andrew Bynum to not filling a void at the point guard position for years now, it's evident to me that the Lakers front office needs to take a hard look at itself and rethink how they do things.

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