Lakers head coach Mike Brown, who was fired Friday, holds his head before… (Rick Bowmer / Associated…)
Did Mike Brown have a fair shot after last year's strike-shortened season, and five games into a new season? No. Was Mike Brown the right coach for the Lakers? No. Unfortunately, firing Mike Brown isn't going to solve the Lakers' problem.
You can lay the fault and responsibility for the Lakers' plight right at the feet of Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak. They are the people responsible for the Lakers' roster, past and present. They both should be held responsible for the Lakers' problems and pay the same price as Mike Brown.
The hiring of a coach without at least discussing the candidate with a team's best player is tantamount to failure. The firing of Mike Brown is evidence of such. Kobe Bryant was never asked about his opinion of Mike Brown, who many felt should not have been hired in the first place.
What did it take for the Lakers' management to finally wake up? The "Kobe Death Stare."
You don't have to be from Princeton, Yale or even Harvard to know that the Princeton offense is Ideal for a team with less athletic ability than its opponents. The 1996 UCLA Bruins know that all too well.
Any Ivy Leaguer also knows every triangle has three angles in order for it to exist. Angle 1. Keep Kobe happy. Angle 2. Keep Kobe very happy. Angle 3. Keep Kobe very very happy.
Obviously, Coach Brown flunked geometry.
Allow me to think out loud when I ask if the Lakers could really have been as bad as they looked, or did they perhaps "tank" to get the resulting coaching change? If they perk up and start winning right away, we might know.
So the Clippers crushed San Antonio by 22, and beat the Trail Blazers on the road in Portland by 13, in back-to-back games without their third-best player, Chauncey Billups?
Isn't it odd that Coach Vinny Del Negro did not mention that a roster with all their new players is a work in progress, getting the team to play together is a process, or the team will need time, weeks or months, so that the players get used to playing with each other?
Deflated or defense?
Jersey swapping, lying to the media about his vote in the coaches poll, banning the media for reporting on injuries, walking out of a news conference like a child. And now intentionally deflating footballs. I think Pat Haden has some "unfinished business" with Lane Kiffin.
Fan: I want the truth! Did you order the game balls against Oregon deflated?
Kiffin: You can't handle the truth! Son, I have a defense that can't stop anyone. Who's gonna fix it? You? My old man? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. Throwing our student manager under the bus for this deplorable act, while tragic, probably saved jobs. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, helps win games. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the three-loss Alamo Bowl-bound team I lead. I'd rather you just said thank you and went on your way.
Fan: Did you order the balls deflated?
Kiffin: You're #%&damn right I did!
The thing about Lane Kiffin that really makes him deplorable to me, is not only is he is a repeat offender and almost a "serial cheater," but he actually is not very good at it.
The guy seems to get caught immediately after every attempt. If Kiffin was a bank robber, he'd be going into banks without a ski mask or anything to cover his face, no gloves and leaving fingerprints everywhere. . . and probably even wearing a big name tag with his cellphone number on it. Like many people, I do not like cheaters. But if you're going to do it, at least make some reasonable effort to not get caught . . . and definitely don't throw the student manager under the bus for your poorly crafted and childish little scheme.
Matthew D. Kerster
If the team manager had deflated Coach Kiffin's ego instead of footballs, maybe the Trojans would have been more successful this season.
If the Trojans' defense were a movie I'd definitely leave the theater early so I can rid myself of watching more of "The Fool Monte."
How in the world did Monte Kiffin get from Los Angeles to Baton Rouge in time to coach LSU to defeat in the last minute of its game against Alabama?
"Still coming over for Thanksgiving?"
"Wouldn't miss it."
"Bringing the apple pie?"
"Already bought the apples."
"Oh, and one more thing, Dad."
Dear Monte Kiffin,