A sneak-peek at tomorrow’s story today …
In the old triangle offense overseen by Phil Jackson, the players on the floor had to move themselves and the ball in order to make it click to the coach’s lofty standards. It was easy to spot when it wasn’t working right.
In the Lakers’ new low-post offense devised and implemented by Mike Brown, the players must move their bodies and the ball in order to make it work to his satisfaction. So far this season, it’s also been obvious when it’s not working.
Old or new, either way, when the offense stalls so do the Lakers.
At the moment, after consecutive losses to lowly teams on their three-game trip, there’s no question but that the Lakers have come to a screeching halt. It’s clear they have embraced some but certainly not all of Brown’s teachings.
It happened now and then when Jackson coached the Lakers, too, when they stopped running the offense and simply dropped the ball into Kobe Bryant’s hands and stood back and watched the superstar guard try to work his magic.
Sometimes it happened, sometimes it didn’t.
Brown and Bryant each sounded frustrated after the Lakers went off the rails for the second night in a row, losing Wednesday to the Washington Wizards only 24 hours after falling in overtime to the Detroit Pistons.
“Offensively, we’ve got to figure out how to play the game the right way,” Brown said. “We did play the game the right way in the first half (during Wednesday’s loss to the Wizards), but in the second half, we just lost it. … The ball stopped moving.”
Brown went on to criticize Bryant’s shot selection, especially in the second half when he went 3 for 18 en route to 30 points on 9-for-31 shooting. Bryant’s response when advised of Brown’s comments was short and to the point.
“OK,” he said after taking a few seconds to gather his thoughts.
Or thought, as the case seemed to be.