NBA Report: Happy Trails, Mike Brown

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Words by Phlip

I never had faith in the guy in the first place…

I said in the beginning that I would sooner want to see him not hired at all.  Something told me when he interviewed for the job that a Mike Brown hiring would sooner result in a fired coach before it would a championship ring.  As a fan, I sat quietly and hoped that I would be proven wrong, but as a connoisseur, I knew better all along.

Mike Brown – despite coming from the Gregg Popovich umbrella – has never presented himself as a coach that necessarily commands the respect of his players.  LeBron James quit on him in the playoffs once.  Lakers players bristled at his being hired in the first place in a position that Brian Shaw seemed to have been groomed for.  I mean, God forbid someone give the job to someone that no one would be surprised to receive it – one who the players actually respect.

The basketball historian in me remembers Magic Johnson vs Paul Westhead, in which Magic and his head coach were not on the same page and the organization (accurately) hedged their bets in favor of the favor and succeeded on the other side of it.  Kobe’s staredown of Mike Brown during the Jazz game the other night was that moment to me.  Everyone in the organization worth having a mic put into their faces downplayed it, but I knew right then that Mike Brown would very soon become the black guy put out of a job if Barack Obama was not.  The beginning of the end was the installation of the Princeton offense, which just should NOT be visited when considering a Point Guard of Steve Nash’s age and abilities.  If he is not being maximized with a simple motion offense or a pick-and-roll (which, I remind, that NO ONE in the NBA seems to know how to defend), then you’re wasting him.

So what next?

The rumor early in the week, BEFORE the staredown, was that Jerry Sloan’s name was being bandied about.  As a proponent of the pick-and-roll who took himself and two others to the Hall of Fame with it, AND a fan of playing hard nosed defense, this is an idea I was behind as my Twitter comments of this afternoon would support.  Another is Brian Shaw, who is still an assistant in Indiana.  Again, he was the most natural choice, but the unfortunate fax is that THAT assessment was as related to last year’s team.  Personnel and strategies have changed.  I am still of the opinion that this is still a good spot for Shaw, as the most influential player(s) are still on the team, which at least gives him the respect of the locker room.  I am about 50/50 on which of the two I would personally hire, but there again I was 1,000,000% sure at the time that I DIDN’T want Mike Brown.

My problem is that NOW the Sherman Klump experience might have cost one more year of Kobe Bryant’s usefulness and will quite possibly cause Dwight Howard to become a one-and-done in LA.  As a Lakers fan, I want to sue the sumbitch for what he may set in motion, because it will be an uphill journey for whoever comes in his place to make the playoffs, let alone realize the lofty goals that all prognosticators had for the team this season.

Good bye, Mike Brown.  You will not be missed by me.

Words by Phlip
@callmephlip

I said in the beginning that I would sooner want to see him not hired at all.  Something told me when he interviewed for the job that a Mike Brown hiring would sooner result in a fired coach before it would a championship ring.  As a fan, I sat quietly and hoped that I would be proven wrong, but as a connoisseur, I knew better all along.

Mike Brown – despite coming from the Gregg Popovich umbrella – has never presented himself as a coach that necessarily commands the respect of his players.  LeBron James quit on him in the playoffs once.  Lakers players bristled at his being hired in the first place in a position that Brian Shaw seemed to have been groomed for.  I mean, God forbid someone give the job to someone that no one would be surprised to receive it – one who the players actually respect.

The basketball historian in me remembers Magic Johnson vs Paul Westhead, in which Magic and his head coach were not on the same page and the organization (accurately) hedged their bets in favor of the favor and succeeded on the other side of it.  Kobe’s staredown of Mike Brown during the Jazz game the other night was that moment to me.  Everyone in the organization worth having a mic put into their faces downplayed it, but I knew right then that Mike Brown would very soon become the black guy put out of a job if Barack Obama was not.  The beginning of the end was the installation of the Princeton offense, which just should NOT be visited when considering a Point Guard of Steve Nash’s age and abilities.  If he is not being maximized with a simple motion offense or a pick-and-roll (which, I remind, that NO ONE in the NBA seems to know how to defend), then you’re wasting him.

So what next?

The rumor early in the week, BEFORE the staredown, was that Jerry Sloan’s name was being bandied about.  As a proponent of the pick-and-roll who took himself and two others to the Hall of Fame with it, AND a fan of playing hard nosed defense, this is an idea I was behind as my Twitter comments of this afternoon would support.  Another is Brian Shaw, who is still an assistant in Indiana.  Again, he was the most natural choice, but the unfortunate fax is that THAT assessment was as related to last year’s team.  Personnel and strategies have changed.  I am still of the opinion that this is still a good spot for Shaw, as the most influential player(s) are still on the team, which at least gives him the respect of the locker room.  I am about 50/50 on which of the two I would personally hire, but there again I was 1,000,000% sure at the time that I DIDN’T want Mike Brown.

My problem is that NOW the Sherman Klump experience might have cost one more year of Kobe Bryant’s usefulness and will quite possibly cause Dwight Howard to become a one-and-done in LA.  As a Lakers fan, I want to sue the sumbitch for what he may set in motion, because it will be an uphill journey for whoever comes in his place to make the playoffs, let alone realize the lofty goals that all prognosticators had for the team this season.

Good bye, Mike Brown.  You will not be missed by me.

Words by Phlip
@callmephlip

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6 comments on “NBA Report: Happy Trails, Mike Brown

  1. Tony Grands says:

    I didn’t expect it so fast.

    We were just in class talking about how he has until All Star break to get his shit together.

    He’s getting a lot of praise from rival coaches, too. Says something about his job performance beyond the scope of the Lakers.

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  2. DV says:

    Dont know why he veered from the offense he ran last year. That was the offense that made him the most winningest coach (albeit no ring) over the past 3-4 years with Lebron at the helm. If he stayed true to that im sure he would still have his job today. I can say this. D’ANTONI IS NOT THE ANSWER. He runs a run and gun offense and the Lakers dont have enough shooters on the squad to make that work, plus hes not a fan of posting up. Im also not a fan of moving backwards so honestly i would pass on Jackson. I would prefer to see one of either Sloan, Shaw, or McMillian as coach BUT Shaq Jr has already stated he wants Phil and since he is the future of the squad (if he stays) the Lakers brass would be foolish not to offer the job to Jackson. Lakers dont want to be Orlando all over again. I still think Gasol is traded before the deadline. Lakers bench needs a upgrade.

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  3. realnagan says:

    my nuggets rock in Nba 2k13. #notreallyrelevant lol

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  4. Phlip says:

    Lakers players celebrate Kobe’s firing of Mike Brown with a 24-point victory.
    Phil Jackson’s name HEAVILY rumored. The only “win right fucking now” names are Phil and Jerry Sloan.

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  5. DV says:

    D’Antoni? Really? This is who they replace Mike Brown with? I understand PJ was asking a lil too much as far as some of his request but damn D’Antoni? Nate McMillian, Shaw, or Sloan couldnt even get a interview? They wouldve been ok for a week while the carefully make a decision. I think they jumped the gun on this decision.

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