The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly have signed Mike Brown as their new Head Coach.
I first heard rumblings of this late last night and at first I was not too happy with the news. And neither were Laker Fans. The Twitterverse was filled with shock and angst. And I supplied my fair share of both.
But after a good night’s sleep (and several drinks) I have a new perspective on the hire. This could very well work out to be a good hire for the Lakers. Brown is a very good defense-minded coach and the Lakers need a serious overhaul on their defense. They had a hard time defending Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets and were completely exposed by the Dallas Mavericks.
So this may be exactly what the Lakers need. As long as he gets a little help on the offensive side. The Lakers have enough talent on offense that not even Mike Brown can screw it up. It’s like he has been handed the keys to a Maybach, all he has to do is not crash it.
And I don’t think he will crash it.
A quick look at his career will tell you that he is a capable coach. He may not be Phil Jackson, but who is? And to be honest, ANY coach is going to look like a step compared to Jackson.
Brown went 272-138 in five seasons with the Cavaliers, taking the team to the Eastern Conference finals twice and one trip to the NBA Finals in 2007. He was also named Coach of the Year in 2009. So the guy can coach. And he certainly has a better group of players in the Lakers than he did with the Cavs.
Of course we all know he was fired after LeBron James left Cleveland for Miami as a free agent last summer despite going 127-37 in his final two regular seasons with the Cavs.
So I say, let’s give Mike Brown a chance. It will be interesting to see if Brown can bring some intensity back to the Lakers’ defense.
The only question that remains is; What does Kobe think?
The Miami Heat handed the Los Angeles Lakers their first loss since the All-Star break. The Heat also managed to win their first game in the month of March.
As usual, most fans over reacted to this win. You would have thought that this was Game 7 of the NBA Finals the way Heat fans were reacting after the win. I suppose losing five straight games in spectacular fashion will do that to you.
While the Heat have in fact swept the regular season series with the Lakers, this win does not mean this game was a preview of the finals as Magic Johnson inexplicably stated after the game. Both teams are currently the third seed in their respective divisions but I think Miami will gave a harder time making it to the Finals.
And this was not a game where the stars played particularly well.
For the Lakers, Kobe Bryant was 8-for-21 and had a horrible stretch in the third quarter where he missed seven in a row. Lamar Odom was a dismal 4-for-11.
LeBron James was 7-for-17 and at times looked completely out of control. Dwyane Wade was a bit worse going 9-for-23. The real story was Chris Bosh going 10-for-17 and dominating in the first half.
So far I have not heard any reports of the Laker players crying in the locker room after this loss. But its still early.
However, there are reports that Kobe was out on the court, after the arena was empty, working on his jump shot. I kid you not.
Compare and contrast this to LeBron’s commercial. Kobe is talking about being GREAT, LeBron is complaining about people not liking him.
You can guess who has the most rings…
The answer to the above question is: Of course he is. Paul Pierce is the biggest front-running douchebag in the NBA. He talks shit with every win and sulks off the court after every loss. (Think back to Game 7 of last year’s NBA Finals). The question really is rhetorical. Paul Pierce is the NBA equivalent of the Studio Gangster. But that’s not the important part of the story.
This all started after the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat on Thursday. After the game Pierce decided to tweet the following, “It’s been a pleasure to bring my talents to south beach now on to Memphis.” Funny, to be sure but you know he wouldn’t have said jack if the Celtics had lost. Again, think back to Game 7.
What makes this even more funny is that he was taking a cheap shot at LeBron James and the Miami Heat; the Ultimate Frontrunning Douchebags in the history of the world. That’s the punchline. Its two studio gangsters having a fight. Think Soulja Boy having beef with Ja Rule. That’s how funny this is.
You know who doesn’t think it’s funny? Udonis Haslem. He was the one who called Pierce a studio gangster. The whole quote is this: “”Paul who?” he said.”Man, ain’t nobody paying them dudes no attention, man. You know what studio gangster is? Look up that; look up the definition of studio gangster. I’m here to play basketball. First of all, I don’t tweet. So I wouldn’t know what he tweeted if you guys didn’t tell me.”
Let’s just set aside the fact that LBJ has to get teammates to defend him for a second and focus on the fact that a member of the Miami Heat is calling someone else a “studio gangster.” The whole city of Miami is made up of studio gangsters. From Rick Ross to DJ Khalid. From the Jersey Shore Guidos to The Basketball Wives. South Beach is the Studio Gangster capital of the world.
As a Laker fan I love to see two pretenders to the throne fight amongst themselves but this goes beyond all my wildest dreams. It’s off the charts on the Irony Meter.
If the Celtics want to puff out their collective chests when the win a game and sulk when they lose, that’s fine with me. If the Heat want to get overly defensive every time they lose a game, that’s fine, too.
I wouldn’t expect anything less from either of them.