HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Apparently time does heal all things.
All that angst over the perceived disconnect between new Lakers coach Mike Brown and Lakers star Kobe Bryant has disintegrated over the past couple of weeks, , according to Hall of Famer Mark Heisler of the Los Angeles Times.
Seriously, all that drama that accompanied Brown’s hiring — a move that Lakers’ brass decided they need not consult Bryant on — has vanished since Brown and Bryant got together for a couple of meetings of the minds:
Despite Kobe Bryant’s silence, people close to both sides say Coach Mike Brown has won over his new star in two face-to-face meetings.
Their first was May 31 at Bryant’s home in Newport Beach, on Brown’s way to his news conference in downtown Los Angeles . . . more or less.
Apparently, the meeting went well. The second was 10 days later at the El Segundo practice facility, where they went through plays on the court.
A good working relationship between Brown and Bryant is the only way the Lakers will survive their first season of the second post-Phil Jackson era. Brown is one of the best in the business at relationship-building with players, so he was going to win Bryant over sooner or later anyway.
What we’d really like to know, however, is exactly what Brown has in store for the Bryant and crew now that there are loud rumblings that the Triangle offense will not be the primary mode of operation for the Brown-led Lakers.
If not the Triangle then what?
Too bad Kobe’s not talking, publicly at least.