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3 reasons Lakers should not fire Mike Brown
It is no secret that Mike Brown has the tendency to look confused on the sidelines at times, especially, when he can’t seem to get his team to play up to their potential. Despite the confused look, he should still be given a couple of seasons more to try and lead this team to a championship.
I am no big fan of the Princeton offense as it has largely contributed to why JT III at Georgetown has consistently coached his team over the last few years into poor late postseason performances with recent losses to Ohio, VCU, and North Carolina State. It is certainly not the right offense for each team’s personnel. I think Mike Brown will be forced to tweak the offense at some point this season if he ever expects to maximize Steve Nash’s ability for the team. Despite some of the negative, here are 3 reasons not to fire Mike Brown.
Defense, Defense, Defense
For those Lakers’ fans reminiscing for the days of Showtime, unfortunately it is over, or perhaps it is time to become a Clippers’ fan. The reality is the Lakers’ blueprint for success will be eerily similar to their archrival the gritty Boston Celtics. Mike Brown is regarded by many insiders as a defensive specialist, and this team will go as far as the defensive Big Three take them of Metta World Peace, Kobe, and Dwight Howard. There is not a more versatile group of defenders in the NBA and when locked in they can force superstars like Kevin Durant from the Oklahoma City Thunder or LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh from the Miami Heat into taking poor shots. The Lakers will be a definite top ten defensive team by season’s end and Mike Brown will make that happen.
Win At Least 50 Games
Although, the Lakers lost the first few games of the season, the reality is that this team will easily win at least 50 games, so there is no need to panic in Laker-land. In the first two games, Kobe only shot seven free throws, which demonstrates he was not driving as much against opposing defenses in an effort to run the offense, but most importantly making sure that Howard feels an integral part of the offense. Since Kobe did not public endorse the hiring of Brown, it was a perceived slight, but it appears so far this season, that the two at least for now have a healthy respect of one another. With at least 50 wins this season the Lakers should be a top 3 seed in the West, but more importantly I think Mike Brown will prove to fans and management, that he is the right coach to lead this team.
Kobe wants to win his sixth championship. Dwight Howard and Steve Nash both want to win their first championship. While, Mike Brown knows he can never replace Pat Riley or Phil Jackson, he wants to silence all of the skepticism and detractors from outsiders who deem him not to be the right coach of this organization. It would be virtually impossible to find a more motivated coach than Brown right now. Once, he gets this team playing elite defense, they should find themselves rightfully back on top of the NBA.