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

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


Final Thought

The Lakers possibly have as talented of a team as they’ve ever had, and the only “unproven” piece was their former head coach: Mike Brown. Management decided to pull the plug on that experiment and will likely go for a more proven option.

Although Coach Brown was an extremely hard worker and knew his X’s and O’s, perhaps he wasn’t able to connect with his players 100 percent and/or utilize them to the best of their respective abilities.

The coach the Lakers will likely choose now will be one who has a track record of getting through to his respective players, and who can also sell a system to his players and management. It could be one of the aforementioned coaches, or perhaps even one out of the blue (such as McMillan).

As for what will happen to the current assistant coaches? Frankly, I don’t know. That will be a very interesting thing to monitor as any outside head coach would likely prefer a staff of his choosing.

In any event, the Lakers once again made a huge move–a relatively unprecedented one at that–all in the hopes of winning a championship now.

They now must act quickly and save as much time as possible while choosing their next head coach to limit further setbacks.

It will definitely take even more time for the Lakers to gel initially, as a new system will likely be put in place, but that’s the gamble the Lakers decided to take.

Will it pay off this season and/or in the future? Only time will tell.

  • santiago

    change starters nash,kobe,jamison,gasol,howard,use meeks and djo than blake its too early odom needs time to bulid confidence or get delonte west,phil can handle him for sure,we need to trade,get a versatile player like magette..

  • saadi saadi

    Well written article by Suki.

    My friend Dr. Rasheed Syed said the following below which I thought was interesting:

    Sad: A hardworking Coach Mike Brown is gone. What can anyone do when the results are awful despite so much energy spent and resources at disposal. This is Lakers land, we expect wins. I predicted him getting fired but not this soon.
    Happy: hoping for better change. This move can ONLY bring positive change in players (hopefully). They have to perform better. Phil Jackson is obviously #1 on my list.

    Sometimes players play bad and Coach(es) work(s) hard but gets fired!
    Who should be blamed for the Coach Mike Brown getting fired?
    1. Himself?
    2. Coaching staff?
    3. Team players? not giving their 100% in each game. (I am fascinated by Kobe’s strong hardworking spirit. He wants to win, he hates loosing games. I have highest respect for Kobe as a player.)
    4. Bad chemistry b/w players and coaches? or Unable to form the chemistry (homeostasis)?
    5. Management for hiring Mike Brown and doing experiment for Lakers?
    6. Fans reaction to “Fire Mike Brown!”?
    7. Scar from last year playoff against OKC Thunder?
    8. My favorite, “None of the above”.

    Message for any New Lakers Coach!
    Learn something from this year U.S Olympic games.(OKC Coach rocks!)

    If I were Coach, I would design plays for:
    2.D12/Nash separately.
    3. And sometimes mix it up.
    4. Go to guys not clicking, then use the bench players for 3-pointers shots.

    Defense is the going to be the biggest challenge this year for Lakers:
    Phil Jackson says, defense leads to offense.
    Mix old players with young players on floor.

    • Suki Thind

      Thanks for the compliment, as well as the input! Yeah, I think the most glaring thing about the team so far has been their lackluster defense. For a defensive coach, perhaps he wasn’t getting through to his players, which is the main reason I think he got fired. I do think it was too soon, but if they were going to fire him regardless, it’s best to have done it sooner than later. Unfortunately, it will set the Lakers back because a new coach will basically have to try and teach on the fly–just as Mike Brown had to do last season after the lockout. It will get frustrating for the players as well since they’ve been working so hard on learning the Princeton and coach Brown’s philosophies, only to have to learn new ones. I hope it all works out. I think they have to make a strong push for Phil, because swapping him for someone like D’Antoni–who doesn’t really have a great winning percentage–could produce the same type of skepticism among players. Lakers management seems to know what they’re doing, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

      • saadi saadi

        I agree.