Let's be honest, the Mike Brown era didn't look too promising from Day 1. Kobe vs Brown drama filled the LA papers(Kobe wanted Brian Shaw). That marked an ominous start to such a powerhouse of an organization. Follow that up with a attempted trade(Thanks Stern) that promptly offended two of the Lakers most important players. One, Lamar Odom, went right in and asked to be traded/released. He was mad at the decision to trade him and wasn't going to play for a team who didn't want him. The other, Pau Gasol, decided he'd stay amongst all the talk that went on throughout the season about him being dealt. Every day there was a new Pau Gasol trade rumor. I'm looking at his situation going, "Yeah it probably would be really hard to be motivated for a team that already, In theory anyways, had traded you. And since that deal fell through continue to look to move you".
So the Lakers are ousted by OKC in the 2nd round. Not a horrible season but not a Standard Laker season(Or at least standard to what they've spoiled fans with over the past 13 years). Fingers have to be pointed and the two people feeling it the most...Mike Brown/Pau Gasol. Their was a few finger wags at Bynum throughout the year but for the most part these 2 are gonna be the scapegoats. I'm personally a Huge Pau Gasol fan, what He's done in his 5 years in LA has been nothing short of Outstanding. 3 NBA Finals and 2 Championship rings. I point the finger at Mike Brown.
Let me start by saying, Kobe Bryant in my opinion, is one the 5 greatest NBA Players in History. I could drop all these facts on you but we'll just leave it at that for now. With that said he's older. Gasp, I know its Taboo talk around Los Angeles, but it's the truth. He doesn't have that lift or that first step to blow by defenders anymore, so a majority of the time his possessions end in a Fade away jumper or he's able to get to the line. And that's fine because when he's on...He's ON. My problem with Mike Brown comes in here. Game 4 against OKC, Lakers playing well without Kobe in the 4th. 8:19 left in the game, Kobe enters and Ball Movement leaves. In that final 8:19 he was 2-10 and 1-6 on Isolation plays. He at one point ran 5 Iso's in 6 plays. 3 Iso's is fine, 6 is too many. And therein lies the problem with this Laker team. Mike Brown has got to call a timeout and say, "Hey Kobe instead of an straight Iso, lets run a misdirection and drop in on the block to one of the best centers in the League or Maybe our Trusty Spanish forward could touch the ball at some point". In that final 8:19 Bynum and Gasol combined for 2 touches.
The ISOlation offense Does not work. I've seen Mike Woodson in Atlanta/New York try to base his offense around it and His teams never go where they should because that offense is good at times, but it can't be your base. When Phil was their the Lakers ran the Triangle we knew it and it worked. Now I don't know what they run from play to play. There doesn't seem to be any fluidity with what they do. I'm with Magic Johnson...I don't think Mike Brown works in this Situation. Maybe the recently fired Stan Van Gundy would be interested in the job, I think that would be an incredible fit. Unless your thinking about a Dwight Howard for Andrew Bynum trade, in that case, Stan Van probably isn't you guy.