HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Hey Lakers, enough already.
Phil Jackson is not walking through that door. And the triangle offense that some of you seem to believe is the answer to all of your problems is the same triangle offense that didn’t save you last season. You remember that playoff sweep at the hands of the eventual champion Dallas Mavericks, right?
The Lakers go from one crisis to another trying to figure out why they aren’t the kings of the hill anymore, looking for any scapegoat possible to explain what everyone else has already figured out. It’s pretty simple — father time has caught up with you, fellas!
You are no longer the dominant bunch you were a few years ago. It happens. You’re not the first to experience this and you will not be the last. Just check in with your counterparts in Boston if you don’t believe it.
There’s no shame in admitting it. And you are welcome to battle until there isn’t an ounce of energy left in your bodies. But at least go out with a little dignity instead of throwing a tantrum every single time something goes wrong or you hit a little dry spell.
This reported “mutiny against Mike Brown‘s offense,” as reported by Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com, is the most childish move yet:
Brown’s effect on the Lakers’ defense has been undeniable, but 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 and blowing a 21-point lead to the undisciplined Wizards — have 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 two latest 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, 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. “
When you were riding Bryant’s masked man routine to three straight wins after the All-Star break, there was little-to-no grumbling about the offense and how bad it was. You lost two straight to bottom feeders and it’s back to throwing Mike Brown from the train. It’s ridiculous.
Save us all the headache and just play ball, fellas.