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Mike Brown Firing: Why Lakers' Success Relies on Scrapping the Princeton Offense

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 02:  Head coach Mike Brown and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers confer during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on November 2, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  The Clippers won 105-95.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Hector DiazAnalyst INovember 9, 2012

It turns out that Kobe Bryant's death stare at coach Mike Brown worked. 

According to ESPN, the Los Angeles Lakers decided to cut ties with the former Coach of the Year just five games into the season. 

Even with a revamped squad of superstars that includes point guard Steve Nash and center Dwight Howard, the team has only beaten the Detroit Pistons, who currently have an 0-5 record. 

And even though fans are probably calling for a Phil Jackson or a Jerry Sloan to come out of retirement, either Chuck Person or Bernie Bickerstaff, who are currently Lakers assistant coaches, will serve as interim coach.

Mike Brown's departure from the Lakers may bring a much-needed spark to the team, but if Kobe Bryant and company want long-term success, the team must first get rid of the Princeton offense.

Realistically, the current coaching change will be a repackaging of the same offense.

The Princeton offense ultimately relies on capable passers at every position. Having effective distributors everywhere on the court seems like an effective tool for most teams. However, Steve Nash’s addition makes the offense counterproductive.

And even though Nash has only played a game-and-a-half due to injury, his presence will be diminished if the Princeton offense continues to be run upon his return.

The Nash-less Lakers have shown that the offense is a virtual hit or miss as well. This has led to more scoring from Kobe Bryant, who is currently second in the league in scoring behind James Harden according to NBA.com.

Adopting a new offense, like the pick-and-roll, may help the Lakers in the long run. Nash can provide a spark and can feed the ball to both Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard. Kobe Bryant can still act as a shooting threat as well. 

The Princeton offense is certainly not tailor-made for this squad, but the season is still young. The team can easily bounce back.

The Lakers’ next two games are at home against division rivals Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors. If the team can capitalize on the momentum of the Mike Brown firing and scrap their ineffective offense, then these two games will prove to be the start they expected to have. 

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