Texas Lakers Fan wrote:I don't get the hate Mike Brown gets. He's not perfect, but he's not a bad coach by any means.
Mike Brown deserves the hates he gets. Playing Blake at the backup SG, while Ebanks/Glock, sit. Playing Drew/Kobe/Pau extended minutes and going with a 7-8 man rotation every single game, not even giving anyone else a chance. Lack of adjustments from game to game, in game, we had time to gameplan and adjust to Denver for 2 weeks and he still put Blake on Miller who got smoked every time. Let's not forget his ISO offense. The list goes on and on.....he deserves every ounce of hate he gets because he's a terrible coach who fails to micromanage games and can't even get a simple thing as rotations right. He's a bad head coach, a terrible one, and an average assistant coach. He knows defense and not a thing about offense.
People complained including myself that he wouldn't play Andrew Goudelock. Then we saw Goudelock in the Summer League and how awful he played. It's obvious Brown made the right decision.
This makes no sense. Mike Brown made the right decision by knowing Glock was going to be terrible in the summer league of the next season, so he benched and made the right decision in the past season when he was good for a handful of points every night and was the only offense our bench had last year. He played Blake at SG, who got eaten alive on defense and didn't contribute anything on offense. Glock at least did one of those things.
Brown was given a worse roster than the team that had just previously been swept yet the team did slightly better. Let's be realistic outside of Kobe, Pau, Drew, Sessions, and MWP that roster was trash yet we somehow finished 3rd in the conference.
Two second round playoff exits and embarassingly bad blowouts to kick us out of the playoffs isn't slighty better. The end result was the same. Finishing 3rd in the conference isn't really saying much when the top 2 teams won (50 and 47) games respectively, while we were at 41 and the 4th/5th teams were either tied or 1 game below us. The 6th/7th seeds trailed us only by 3 and 5 games respectively. We were a middle of the pack team last year in the West, that just happened to lock down the 3 seed at the end of the season. We were lucky to get out of the 1st round the past two seasons, we were regressing more than we were getting better compared to the last two seasons. Hence the "Mitch-Slap" this offseason.
He coached a horrible team to the Finals in 2007. People say well it was only because of LeBron. Well I say to those people does that apply to Phil Jackson as well? Bottomline as a coach you need great players to be successful.
Maybe you don't remember the joke of the Eastern Conference Playoffs it was that year. Wizards were a joke, Nets were a joke, Detroit was banged up. And that was shown in the Finals when they got spanked and embarrassed. Mike Brown didn't do anything special that season besides run Eric Snow into the ground. Trust me I watched the whole season.
Are you really comparing Mike Brown to Phil Jackson?
Phil ran a little thing called the triangle, always made the adjustments needed to win and got the best out of his teams.
Mike Brown is a solid basketball coach. Very underrated and not nearly as bad as alot of people make him out to be. As for the question I'd say an 8. I believe in Mike Brown. I believe he is a championship caliber head coach.
How is he underrated? How is he a solid basketball coach?
What has he done to earn being called a solid basketball coach or being underrated?
He is as bad as a lot of people make him out to be. How often do a majority of people agree on this board? Never. But bring up Mike Brown and I guarantee the overwhelming opinion is he is an awful coach. Everyone had his downfalls pegged before he even coached one game and all his negatives were pointed and confirmed as the season went on. If he wins a championship this season, it's because Mitch put together a team that couldn't lose, not because of Brown taking a team and elevating their level of play by making championship level coaching decisions.
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