Sources: Lakers still at odds with Mike Brown's system
March, 8, 2012
By Brian Kamenetzky
Following consecutive losses against basement level opposition, ESPNLA's Ramona Shelburne reports frustration with Mike Brown's offensive system still runs high through the Lakers' locker room:
"... Sources say the team's ongoing struggles on the road -- with L.A. dropping to 6-14 away from Staples Center following a loss in Detroit by blowing a 21-point lead to the undisciplined Wizards -- has some veterans longing for a return to the trusty Triangle offense preferred by Brown's predecessor Phil Jackson.
ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard recently reported that Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher called a players-only meeting after a win against Portland on Feb. 21 to address concerns about Brown's style, as well as persistent trade rumors involving Pau Gasol.
While that meeting might have quelled some of the tension in the short term, these latest two losses have brought the issues right back to the forefront and perhaps even exacerbated the situation as the team nears the March 15 trade deadline with the Lakers continuing to languish in the middle of the pack in the Western Conference.
Sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com that multiple players have continued to meet privately since the initial team meeting to discuss running elements of the Triangle offense again.
"The players want to unify," one source with knowledge of the situation said. "They know how to win and they want to fix this. I don't know if they can, though. "
Following Sunday's win against Miami, Bryant said the Lakers understood their strengths as a post-first team. Fisher, referencing the aforementioned team meeting, spoke about a collective decisions to "buy in as a group." Two hideous losses later, it appears that buy in may have been overstated.
Interesting news, a week ahead of the trade deadline.