No Time Like Showtime
“ As a Dallas Cowboys fan, I can tell you the transition from Phil Jackson to Brown will likely mirror the one that occurred when Bill Parcels was replaced by Wade Phillips. Bill controlled a presser like few of his peers could and Wade was not in that league. At all. Following up a man that understood how to work the media with one that gave bland or straight to the point answers wasn’t easy for Wade and it was a criticism that endured through his entire tenure with the Cowboys. ”
Darius Soriano, I’d Rather Win Games Than Win Press Conferences, Forum Blue and Gold, 5/31/11.
This is the worst thing I’ve ever heard in my whole entire life. (Lakers Division.)
“ Unlike any other league, success in the NBA lasts due to a partnership between management, coaching and the players. ”
Adrian Wojnarowski wrote on Thursday that Jim Buss has put the “untouchable” tag on Andrew Bynum, presumably even if Bynum could bring Dwight Howard to L.A.
It could be a long 30 years in L.A.
“ This guy, he never levitates. ”
The Brothers K give John Krolik some space to talk about Mike Brown, New Lakers Coach, and how he’ll fit with L.A.’s personnel and philosophies. I have to say that I’m calming down a little bit.
The main concern everyone has is that Brown is a terrible offensive coach, but Krolik says that Brown actually ran a good, imaginative, fluid offense when he had the personnel to do so. When his backcourt was Larry Hughes and Eric Snow, his reputation was built, and he couldn’t shake it down the road. Looking at the team’s offensive efficiency numbers in 2009 and 2010 (4th and 6th in the league), I buy this.
On the flip side, the vaunted Cavalier defense should be perhaps be, um, unvaunted a bit. They weren’t bad, certainly (3rd and 7th the last two seasons), but their low points-allowed totals were driven in no small part by their glacial pace (25th in both seasons). Obviously this plays into the perceptions of their offensive ability as well — you can score 1.11 points per possession, but if you’re only running 90 possessions in a game, your total points won’t look very impressive.
The fourth question, unfortunately, and overlapping with some of the stuff the A’s are dealing with right now, is the respect issue. Kobe Bryant certainly lobbied for Brian Shaw as the next Lakers coach, so pulling in a big outside name who LeBron clearly soured on over the course of his time in Cleveland is risky. How well the Lakers run whatever offensive system Brown institutes (or keeps, if he decides to keep running the triangle) depends largely on Kobe’s buy-in. If Bryant feels that the team isn’t utilizing its resources correctly, he might end up freelancing, and that only creates a vicious cycle, because then reporters start asking questions about whether Kobe, who just took 29 shots in a close loss to a mediocre team, is breaking the flow too much. If Brown doesn’t rein that tendency in, L.A. will go nowhere, especially given Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol’s propensities to get frustrated with a lack of touches. But if Brown calls Kobe out in the media as Phil Jackson would do from time to time, particularly if he does it without the adroit blend of brutal honesty and delicacy that Jackson often displayed, and particularly if Kobe is already feeling sour towards Brown, a bad situation could take a hard right turn to horrible.
All that said, Kobe is, whatever his occasional petulance, a professional. So is Mike Brown. If the coaching staff comes in to training camp with a working offense and a plan for how to take the team to the top, I think he’ll buy in, regardless of where Brian Shaw is working. (And I can’t imagine that’ll be in L.A.)
In this piece at Silver Screen and Roll, it is proposed that the Lakers give up Pau Gasol and get back a package headlined by Dorell Wright or send Lamar Odom for Marvin Williams or Tyrus Thomas. I clearly don’t understand basketball.
I am excited that the Lakers coaching search appears to be coming to a quick conclusion, mainly because I hope and believe they’ll actually make a wise choice (Shaw, Person, Adelman) and not a ridiculous one (Brown, Dunleavy). If nothing else, the odds are in their favor, right? Sixty percent chance of a non-stupid selection!
(I have a Lakers tumblr now. I could put this on Blogger, I guess, but I like tumblr so much more as a simple interface, and I doubt I’ll be doing long game writeups and whatnot. I’m sure I won’t use it much, but this seems like a better idea than five- or six-tweet rants that take up your entire timeline, and my NBA predictions, e.g., didn’t really feel in-place over at The Woj.)
Of all the things to criticize Luke Walton about, I didn’t think his shot selection was on the list. I suppose it’s possible that Walton can be criticized on this front, but I think it would take more research than I’m willing to give it at the moment. My perception is that, if anything, Walton was too unwilling too shoot. Now, this is also a shot-selection issue, but it’s not really what we tend to mean by a shorthand critical mention of “shot selection.”
Walton didn’t actually make any shots this year, but I don’t think he took bad ones. He just missed a ton of wide open jumpers that NBA-level wings are supposed to make.