Kobe Bryant: 5 Reasons He Must Be in Sync with Mike Brown for LA Lakers to Win

Joshua SextonSenior Analyst IIJune 13, 2011

Kobe Bryant: 5 Reasons He Must Be in Sync with Mike Brown for LA Lakers to Win

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    DALLAS, TX - MAY 06:  Guard Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a 98-92 loss against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 6, 2011 at American Airlines Center in Dal
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    The chances of the Los Angeles Lakers getting back to the NBA Finals next season will likely hinge on Mike Brown and Kobe Bryant building an amicable relationship with one another.

    So far, fans seem to be hoping for the best and expecting the worst concerning Brown and Bryant's cohesion.

    Here are five reasons why Brown and Kobe must be in sync for the Lakers to be successful next season.

5. The Media Will Prey on the Situation All Year

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    EL SEGUNDO, CA - MAY 11:  Phil Jackson, coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, speaks during his last official Lakers news conference at the team's training facility on May 11, 2011 in El Segundo, California. The Lakers were swept out of their best of seven ser
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    If there is any indication Mike Brown and Kobe Bryant are not in sync, the media will likely run it into the ground.

    The Los Angeles Lakers and their fans don’t need to go through an entire season resembling a daytime soap opera.

4. Pau Gasol and the Rest of the Los Angeles Lakers Follow Their Leader

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    DALLAS, TX - MAY 08:  Forward Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers on the ground after a foul by the Dallas Mavericks in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 8, 2011 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, T
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    I am not saying the other members of the Los Angeles Lakers would jump off a bridge if Kobe Bryant did.

    However, If Kobe is able to build a steady relationship with Mike Brown early in the season, the other Lakers will likely follow suit.

3. The Los Angeles Lakers Have Huge Question Marks on Offense

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 29:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes for a loose ball in front of Monta Ellis #8 and C.J. Watson #23 of the Golden State Warriors on December 29, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers won
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    One of the biggest questions heading into next season is concerning the team’s offense.

    What does Mike Brown have in mind to replace the triangle offense?

    Being in sync with one another will make the transition into a new offensive scheme easier.

    After all, Kobe Bryant would sometimes try and operate outside the triangle offense. I wonder what he would do under a new offense and coach he wasn’t fully in sync with?

2. The Los Angeles Lakers Are Expected to Contend for a Title Every Season

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 31:  Ron Artest #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his basket and a foul with Shannon Brown #12, Kobe Bryant #24 and Lamar Odom #7 during a 110-82 win over the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on March 31, 2011 in Los Angel
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    If Kobe Bryant and Mike Brown have any issues with one another, they better resolve them quickly.

    In case anyone forgot, the team was just surprisingly and embarrassingly swept out of the playoffs.

    The Los Angeles Lakers are not a team anyone expects to go through a rebuilding phase.

    There is no time for mindless squabbling, when you are expected to be in championship contention every season.

1. Kobe Bryant’s Legacy Could Depend on It

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 05:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers sits on the bench before the game with the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Jazz won 86-85.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and a
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    When Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal were both playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, there were some fans that saw Kobe as an immature, selfish player.

    Since then, Kobe has gone along way both on and off the court in reshaping his image.

    What if Kobe and Mike Brown are on different wave lengths on a personal and professional level this season?

    Although Brown would receive his share of criticism as well, Kobe doesn’t want to spend the last years of his career with people wondering if he still has some of his old, immature ways left in him.