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Lakers Season Report Cards 2011-12 – Mike Brown Reviewed by Momizat on . Mike Brown, Head Coach 2011-12 Season Grade – C+ When the Los Angeles Lakers hired Mike Brown to take the throne that Phil Jackson vacated, criticism ran rampan Mike Brown, Head Coach 2011-12 Season Grade – C+ When the Los Angeles Lakers hired Mike Brown to take the throne that Phil Jackson vacated, criticism ran rampan Rating:
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Lakers Season Report Cards 2011-12 – Mike Brown

Mike Brown, Head Coach

2011-12 Season Grade – C+

When the Los Angeles Lakers hired Mike Brown to take the throne that Phil Jackson vacated, criticism ran rampant. Although everyone knew that Brown would never fill Jackson’s shoes, it seemed uncertain as to whether he’d even be able to handle the pressure that comes with being the coach of the Lakers.

Well, it wasn’t all fireworks. It was, however, a decent season considering how high the annual expectations are for the purple and gold.

Of course, the fans will be upset that the Lakers fell short again this season. That, however, shouldn’t completely overshadow the fact that Brown’s first season as L.A.’s head honcho went fairly well. The Lakers finished the season with a record of 41-25 (62.1 winning percentage) and earned the third seed in the Western Conference. Brown weathered Hurricane Andrew and found a way to make Metta World Peace look more like Ron Artest. Considering how many curveballs this season threw at him, the end result could have been a lot worse.

The real setback was the shortened off-season and compacted, 66-game schedule. Especially when a new head coach comes aboard, there needs to be time to implement new schemes and plays. A condensed season like 2011-2012 limits a coach’s ability to get his team running at optimum levels. Despite those overwhelming odds, Brown led the Lakers to an above-average season that involved a playoff run that found its way out of the first round. To put it in perspective: he took a team with less talent a game further than Jackson did in 2011.

Despite making the playoffs with an iffy roster, Brown struggled mightily with quite a few aspects. The fact that he couldn’t command the respect of his players, as evidenced by numerous temper tantrums via Andrew Bynum, was disheartening. In-game adjustments eluded him at every turn. His offense, or lack thereof, was typically ineffective and often ran exclusively through Kobe Bryant. No matter how obvious it seemed, Brown struggled to comprehend how important it was to pass the ball into the paint early and often. At times, it looked like Bryant was leading the team and Brown was just along for the ride. Although regarded as a keen defensive mind, Brown’s defense consistently got bullied by offenses of any and all calibers.

The most glaring problem throughout the 2011-2012 season, though, was Brown’s inability to control his players. Throughout the season, players were unwilling to show him respect, especially Bynum. When Bryant was injured and acting like a coach, he was drawing up plays while Brown was standing in the background. As the Lakers lost steam during the final two games of the Thunder series, Brown seemed lost and was unable to rally the troops. By Game 5, Brown had checked out and his players followed.

Regardless of the numerous setbacks that the Lakers suffered this season, Brown won’t get the ax during the offseason. He has too many years and too much green still left on his contract for the Lakers to sever ties. The Lakers will certainly give him another opportunity next season to prove that he can reassert this team as an NBA elite.

But will a full-length season be enough for him to secure his spot as the Lakers’ head coach in 2013? Maybe, but we won’t find out for another few months. Until then, speculation as to whether or not Brown has the coaching cojones to carry this team will run amok.

 

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About The Author

An L.A. native, Gil Alcaraz IV has bled purple and gold since birth. After two years of covering the Lakers as a freelance writer for Yahoo! Sports, he has brought his talents to Lakers Nation. For more from Gil, make sure to follow him on Twitter.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=721966048 Rene Grigorian

    R u kidding me right now? C+ really? really? really? wow.. i am not going to give my time and energy to debate this. Mike brown was brought in for his defense. that lasted 30 some odd games. Lakers played great defense for 30 games, but i am sorry losing to the Wizards and Pistons. No excuse what so ever. His rotations were just down right terrible! Worst i have ever seen. He benches kobe in a critical time. He benched kobe in a elimination game to give him “rest” and we both know Kobe doesnt need know rest. Terrible decision. F———- that should be his grade.

  • Rickeylakers7461

    Rene, I agree with you…..check it out, did it not seem like we were the Cleveland Cavs in our series against OKC?  Exactly how LBJ was in Clev except plug in KB?
     In the last 6-8 min of the 4th quarter, give it to the superstar and let him go one on one, duhhhh MB, that ish don’t work!
     
    He hasn’t learned a dam thing, nor has he tried……the only difference being is LBJ had garbage around him in Clev, KB has some players here and that’s why I can’t be too hard on the others when all MB wants them to do is stand around and watch KB go 1on1! Dumb game plan, lazy coach and even worse coaching staff!
     
    MB is not the right coach for this team and I’m tired of hearing about his pedigree coaching with SA under Popovich…….Pop never has and never will run that one on one crap!
     
    Even Jordan had to pass it to win it!
     
    F-
     
     
     

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