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Posts Tagged ‘ Mike Brown ’

Identity Crisis: Winning in the NBA is simple

  What’s the key to winning in the NBA? Of course, you need talent…any coach will tell you that. But it’s not a pick-up game, there’s more to being a GM than just choosing a bunch of freaks for your squad. There has to be a clear team identity. This is the synthesis of a coaching staff’s philosophy and a roster’s...
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3 reasons why Cavs re-hiring Brown is a joke

  The owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dan Gilbert, has been easily the most comical owner in the NBA the past few years. Between his profane tweets and whiney criticisms of anything Lebron/Miami related, his oversized head may just be the best of all his attributes. In re-hiring Mike Brown as head coach, the franchise has now...
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Nash agrees with me, Lakers ‘lack committment’

  Rick Reilly of ESPN reported that Steve Nash cites a lack of commitment by players to the system as one of the reasons for the Los Angeles Lakers’ struggles this season. “We’re not all committing to what they want us to do,” Nash said. “We’re half stuck in our own, old ways. We have to...
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The media cost Mike Brown his job

  Before I start, let me preface this by saying that Mike Brown was clearly not the right coach for a high profile team like the Los Angeles Lakers. The job in purp ‘n yellow is about much more than basketball X’s & O’s…it’s about handling star power and the insane expectations. You can’t be...
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Should Lakers play the young guys?

  The Los Angeles Lakers ended their three-game losing streak to start the season by trouncing the Detroit Pistons from start to finish at Staples Center Sunday. The team that lacked effort to start the season had plenty of it on both ends. Meanwhile, on offense, it looked as though they stopped over-thinking the...
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Father Time says Lakers need Princeton offense

  The Lakers are winless after their first two games…and also Nash-less due to a bruised left leg. If you pay any mind to some of the talking heads on television (TNT), the team should ditch the new Princeton offense and push the ball downcourt. Those retired gentlemen slammed the new Laker offensive system saying it’s far...
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Should the Lakers be worried?

  We all know that a win in the preseason is as meaningless as a timeout in the All-Star Game. Players are being shuffled in and out (mainly, out) while new plays are being tossed around even faster. Unless the average age of your NBA team is 23, there is little gained by winning an exhibition game. The...
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Season Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

  “We definitely want to beat the Bulls record and go 73-9″ (Metta World Peace) In: Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Antawn Jamison, Jodie Meeks, Earl Clark, Chris Duhon…rookies Darius Johnson-Odom, Robert Sacre, Reeves Nelson, Gary Somgyi…..and the Princeton offense. Out: Andrew Bynum (PHI), Ramon Sessions (CHA), Matt Barnes (LAC), Josh McRoberts (ORL), Troy Murphy, Christian Eyenga….. and...
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Fisher back to Lakers?

  Derek Fisher was seen talking to Steve Nash at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo today. He’s still a free agent after not receiving any serious offers all summer. He reportedly turned down a minimum offer from the thrifty Bulls last month. ‘D’ was understadably not interested in riding the bench in a...
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Playoffs Begin, Injuries Continue

  Before I had even had lunch Saturday (remember, I live on the westcoast) I had already witnessed two torn ACLs in the NBA Playoffs. I clicked over to monitor the quasi garbage time at the end of the Bulls game only to see Derrick Rose on the floor motionless. I was numb the rest...
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Benchmark: Mike Brown Asserts Himself

  Mike Brown came into training camp as the nice guy, everyone’s buddy. He was the anti-Phil Jackson…making a point not to ruffle anybody’s feathers on the Los Angeles Lakers. On one occasion he even kissed Andrew Bynum on the head. He quickly gained the fondness of his players. Well, in late March, he has finally...
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The Lakers Are Title Pretenders

  As improved as the defense is for the Los Angeles Lakers this season, it seems like I’ve been defending them even harder in blogs all year. I thought that this team’s struggles early on were justifiable: a new system on both offense and defense…roles in flux (mainly the SF spot)…and a banged up...
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Have Lakers Lost Respect?

  The Los Angeles Lakers won a close game in Denver this past weekend, a game marred by blatant miscues by the referees. On 3 or 4 possessions down the stretch, the refs called it ‘Denver ball’ after plays in which the basketball clearly went off the Nuggets last. Then, in the game’s final...
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Signs Point To MVP Year For Kobe

If you asked the average fan on the street who the best player in the NBA is more times than not you’d still get Kobe Bryant (thanks to Lebron’s fade in the Finals). Yet, if you ask the same people if Kobe will win the MVP award next season they would smile and shake...
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Demons in the City of Angels

Demons in the City of Angels

Roland Lazenby, longtime sportswriter, recently wrote a great article about the power shift taking place in Lakerland. The only complaint I have with this piece is that I was planning on writing on the very same topic for weeks now. Anyhow, I’d like to give my two cents on something that’s been brewing in my dome since the Lakers...
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