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With Mike Brown Out, What’s Next For The Lakers?

Just days after Jim Buss assured Lakers Nation that he, Mitch Kupchak, and Jerry Buss were 100 percent behind Mike Brown, the Lakers fired their head coach. Fans universally called for Brown's departure after a win-less preseason and a listless 1-4 start to the regular season, and it appears as though Lakers' management agreed. So, what exactly does this mean for the Lakers? Normally, when head coaches are ...

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Lakers Need To Utilize Steve Nash While Their Offense Evolves

Last season, Lakers head coach Mike Brown opted to go with the "Kobe System" while his team was still figuring out the then-new offense. It didn't quite work out smoothly, as Kobe scored 40 or more points in the first four games and the Lakers split those contests. The trend continued as Kobe was the sole facilitator for the Lakers, and the team struggled offensively all season. This off-season, coach Brown ...

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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 ...

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Lakers Should Model Themselves after ’99 Spurs

For Lakers' fans paying attention in this lockout shortened 2011-12 campaign the early returns have been a mixed bag. The team's 4-3 start is hard to quantify in some ways since the absence of Andrew Bynum for the first four games via suspension may have cost them a win or two. But surely even the most casual fans can recognize some of the missteps thus far. The turnovers, the inconsistent three point shoot ...

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After Three Games Lakers Take One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Phew! Now that the potential 0-3 disaster was averted by blowing out the Utah Jazz, let's diagnose how the purple and gold fared in their one and only set of back to back to back games. Coming into this season, we knew the Lakers had the potential to make another run at a ring if everything fell into place. We also knew if a couple minor things go astray, such as an injury or two to their key players (see: ...

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Pre-Game Report: Lakers Host Bulls to Open Season with Christmas Showdown

Chicago Bulls (0-0) at Los Angeles Lakers (0-0) 2:00 PM PST, December 25, 2011 Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA TV: ABC Radio: 710 ESPN Bulls Projected Starting Line-up PG: Derrick Rose SG: Richard Hamilton SF: Luol Deng PF: Carlos Boozer C: Joakim Noah Key Reserves: Taj Gibson, Ronnie Brewer The Lakers kick off the shortened season on Christmas day against the reigning MVP Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls ...

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Brian Shaw and the Jackson Disciples

If you’re familiar with former Lakers players and coaching staff, Brian Shaw is rarely unheard of mainly because he has a great resume. If this is the case why has it been so difficult for Brian Shaw and other assistant coaches under Phil Jackson to find head coaching jobs in the NBA? It seemed to those around the league that Brian Shaw was getting prepped for the head coaching job for some time. Why was Sh ...

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Defensive-Minded Lakers Coaching Staff Ready to Take Over

The Lakers certainly are going to look different on the court when the NBA Lockout is over, but the biggest differences will be on the bench rather than on the court. Phil Jackson finally ended his coaching tenure with the Lakers franchise after winning a total of five championships in 10 years. The Lakers may never see another coach like Jackson again, which may make things difficult for Jackson's successo ...

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How the Lockout Affects Mike Brown’s Start with the Lakers

It was a bit of a surprise when the Lakers announced that they chose to hire former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach, Mike Brown, to replace Phil Jackson. Brian Shaw seemed to be the likely choice for the job as he was favored by Jackson, the players and the fans. However, Jim Buss seemed to want to go in an entirely new direction. With Brown, that is what they will get. Even though Brown has said that he wil ...

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A Look at What the Laker Offense Might Look Like in 2011-12

A few days ago, Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register sat down and had lunch with Lakers coach Mike Brown. A few topics were touched upon such as Brown's work ethic. When mentioning the upcoming Laker offense, Brown described it as feeding Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum inside; not the Kobe show. Just what might this type of offense look like? When asking fans about their thoughts on the Lakers, the most com ...

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