Good writing is good wherever you find it and often it gets shared back and forth between LG and CL and vice versa. Here's a great post on the Brown hiring from HBA....when it went down, and the thread was appropriately bumped again today:
Posted: Wed May 25, 2011 1:59 pm Post subject: Lakers Organization Valuing Defense over Offense
"I was sick yesterday and out of it and way too busy with work until about 1 hour ago, when a friend of mine sent me a blackberry text with one word: Brown. I became ecstatic.
Gentlemen, today is a good day in Lakers History. Or perhaps yesterday, more accurately. The Lakers as an organization have long been known for their Hollywood style and their entertainment value. But, let's be honest, nothing entertains more than winning and this past season, we failed to do that with a payroll befitting a champion.
As Mike Brown was hired, the Lakers chose, or perhaps Jim Buss convinced his father that, maybe it was time to change the culture of what this Lakers team has always been known for first. With the hiring of Brown, we now know one thing and one thing clearly, the Lakers value Defense first over Offense. That's not to suggest offense won't be valued. We shouldn't worry about Mike Brown's capabilities as an offensive coach because we know he will hire an offense assistant. It will be incumbent on him to do so. If reports are true about this coach in Europe, then offense will indeed still be a factor, but just a different form of it. But what we will know as fans, when we go into any game or series, is that our defense will be a constant because the head coach demands it. More practice time dedicated to it. More focused teachings and more studying of opponents. Players will be held accountable.
Before I sign off this post, I want to remind you of a game and two series that stick out for me:
Lebron 2/18 points, 10 turnovers in game 1 of the 2007/2008 2nd round. The Cavaliers had the lead with under a minute to play and if not for PJ Brown making that jumper, the Cavs likely win. The score in that game: 74-72. That's how difficult it was to score. That team took the Celtics to 7 games and nearly won. It was Lebron and by all accounts a bunch of hustle, defensive role players. Recall we only took the same Celtics team to 6 games and had we been able to simply defend our 24 point game 4 lead, we likely may have won that series. We have far more offensive talent to tap into to produce a better outcome than that with not much worse defensive talent if any.
And then there's the performance of that same Cavalier team in 2006/2007. They beat Detroit and went to the Finals and faced San Antonio. YOu could say they got swept and such. But the fact is, that team shouldn't have been there to begin with. They weren't good enough. People may cite Lebron going off, but I cite the fact that he was able to do that and his team still played phenomenal defense. Kobe has gone off before in losses. Game 5 in Boston most recently. Only for us to get no stops to help erase the deficit. That's one example of many of a Kobe game where Kobe goes off, but the stops are nowhere to be found to allow a comeback.
Those are two examples of teams Brown coaches with inferior talent. Should we presume that all the credit goes to Lebron. And if so, then what credit should a coach vs. his players have. Lest we forget, before Brown, Lebron was a mock defensively. And so were the Cavs contending chances. Before we go dismissing the hiring of Brown, we should first learn what he will do for a team armed with a plethora of offensive weapons, but no ability to get the defensive stops it needs when those offensive options fail to come to fruition.
Today is a good day to be a Lakers fan, and for once, I am proud to say I am. Kobe or no Kobe!!"