Frustrated Lakers players have recently been meeting in private and planning a revolt against Mike Brown’s offense in favor of a return to former Lakers coach Phil Jackson’s Triangle offense, according to a report by ESPN LA.
On Wednesday the Lakers suffered an embarrassing 106-101 road loss to the abysmal Wizards, despite leading by 21 points in the third quarter. The meltdown was exacerbated by Kobe Bryant shooting 1-for-8 down the stretch. Kobe finished with an absurdly bad 9-for-31 from the field, reflective of the team’s shooting plight this season. The loss was the Lakers’ second on back-to-back nights with the team losing to the Pistons, another hapless squad, the night before.
The Lakers offense has constantly struggled this season, averaging its lowest points per game (94) in over 50 years. It’s led to increasing doubts in the locker room about whether Brown has what it takes to make the team competitive on the offensive end. You may remember the players-only team meeting reportedly held last month where Brown’s coaching tactics was one of the topics discussed. But apparently uncertainties haven’t died down since then.
From ESPN LA’s story:
Brown’s effect on the Lakers’ defense has been undeniable, but sources say the team’s ongoing struggles on the road — with L.A. dropping to 6-14 away from Staples Center following a loss in Detroit and blowing a 21-point lead to the undisciplined Wizards — have some veterans longing for a return to the trusty Triangle offense preferred by Brown’s predecessor, Phil Jackson.
Sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com that multiple players have continued to meet privately since the initial team meeting to discuss running elements of the Triangle offense again.
“The players want to unify,” one source with knowledge of the situation said. “They know how to win, and they want to fix this. I don’t know if they can, though. “
The Lakers might be the most dysfunctional 23-16 team I’ve ever seen.