With his Lakers’ team being thoroughly embarrassed by the young, athletic, and highly motivated Denver Nuggets, the era of the Second Coming of Del Harris, also known as Mike Brown, will end tomorrow with a Denver victory, and a Lakers’ whimper.
A star player can have an off day. Maybe two star players can have off-days. Even during playoffs. Bench warmers can find it hard to stay motivated. But the total lack of enthusiasm, motivation, and on-court energy being exhibited by the Lakers (with, of course, the exception of Kobe Bryant), is the total, absolute fault of the guy in charge, soon-to-be gone Mike Brown.
His hiring was an abomination from the beginning, and while a casual observer could think the team was playing well heading toward the playoffs, and even during the first couple of games, the signs saying otherwise were everywhere.
Stupid comments by immature players, who were not being counseled, schooled, or at least kept under control, were in the news. The inevitable explosion of the lunatic meta tag phony piece artest creep was brewing, and occurred at a pretty bad time. But, worst of all, and maybe the biggest reason why the team has fallen apart, has been the chaotic use of personnel. Talented, veteran players were forced to rot on the bench, or were totally misused when they did get into games. Young talent was ignored and development was totally stagnant. Lessor talent was given prime minutes, for no discernible reason.
Devin Ebanks, who showed NBA ability early in the season, was little more than a ghost for weeks, never seeing playing time. When the void at small forward occurred on the eve of the playoffs, the unused, unready, and previously ignored Ebanks was thrust into a starting spot. He should have been prepared for this, but Brown totally failed in this. With insufficient oil in the entire middle east to lubricate the rust Ebanks had accumulated, Matt Barnes, who had been playing his best ball ever in a Lakers’ uniform, should have gotten the starting spot and the bulk of the minutes.
Why in the world was a veteran player like Troy Murphy, who has all-star caliber seasons to his credit, a ghost in the Lakers’ lineup? At 32, he has a couple more really good years left, and I expect to see him regain his sharpness and pt in another uniform next season. Josh McRoberts gave the team quality minutes at the beginning of the season. The starters would not recognize him now if he wondered onto the court.
Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock showed earlier in the season that they had NBA talent and only needed court time to develop. Their pt time disappeared as the season progressed, and they also became invisible as the playoffs began.
Bye, Del, uh, Mike. See ya around.