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08:06 AM ET 01.24 | Losers of three straight, the Lakers are getting more than 30 a night from Kobe Bryant, but less than 16 from anyone else. Aside from [Bryant's] spectacular scoring, the Lakers' offense hardly looks pretty. Mike Brown's system looks horribly unorganized. No one consistently makes the right reads and cuts. And the whole idea that the Lakers upgraded their outside shooting by adding Jason Kapono and Troy Murphy and having an improved Steve Blake remains hogwash. Add everything up and the numbers don't lie. The Lakers haven't scored 100 points for 11 consecutive games. ... The Lakers shoot a league-worst 25.6% from three-point range. And forward Pau Gasol continues to regress in the post partly because he's moving away from it.

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January 24, 2012  08:18 AM ET

The Lakers are suckin', bro.

January 24, 2012  08:22 AM ET

They are running the Cleveland LeBron Offence.

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January 24, 2012  08:50 AM ET

It's the offense that Mike Brown employs. It's the same system he ran in Cleveland when he coached Lebron and those guys. Lebron had the ball in his hand 90 percent of the time and basically had free reign to do what ever. Lebron on the Lakers is Kobe, notice the similarities, Kobe can shoot as much as he likes any time and any shot. Big "Z" is now Gasol, a seven footer shooting jumper beyond the three point line and not posting up.

Mike Brown has no clue how to coach Bynum because he did not have a guy on the Cleveland roster that he can imitate Bynum's role. Bynum does not fit Anderson Veraejo because Bynum is a scorer, shot blocker, rebounder and seven footer. Bynum was scoring a bunch in the beginning of the season and then the comparison of Anderson Veraego began to take shape. Brown attempted to assemble a few shooter on the team by picking up Kapono, Murphy; neither of these guys are fulfulling his vision and are bricking every shot they take, and at times seem to be very hesitant when they have the ball in their hands.

Besides the obvious, the Lakers remain loyal towards Fisher and that's the real problem with the Lakers. The Lakers need a younger, quicker guard that can distribute, and shoot the ball. The rookie from Michigan is trying to hard and play like he's on a playground, Steve Blake need to be in a Blazer uniform before he can do anything to or for the Lakers, Artest game has regressed considerably playing with Kobe, he has no rhythm, due to standing around and watching Kobe play and deferring. Besides, some of the other obvious, the Lakers don't have much of a bench, maybe when Character returns because the team does not have any faith in Ebanks, his leash is very short, no room for anything except excellence, which is unfair.

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January 24, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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I feel your pain laker fans

Yeah... it's a pretty nice feeling too.

January 24, 2012  09:19 AM ET

And to think people still want to watch this debacle we call the NBA.

January 24, 2012  09:23 AM ET
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The Lakers are suckin', bro.

With all the changes going on and the shortened season it's a wonder vets like Kobe are even willing to show up and play. At least Bryant can say with pride that he isn't getting all bent out of shape. He trying his best... even if he's doing it all wrong.

As for Pau... you can blame the coach all you want. But that doesn't explain why he's suddenly shy about going into the paint. I think he's tanking it and waiting for "The Trade"

January 24, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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Let's trade. Haywood might be more usefull for Kobe's system. You won't have to pass to him. He'll get rebounds and pass it back to Kobe like he always wants. lol

You sure about that rebound thing?

January 24, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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With all the changes going on and the shortened season it's a wonder vets like Kobe are even willing to show up and play. At least Bryant can say with pride that he isn't getting all bent out of shape. He trying his best... even if he's doing it all wrong.As for Pau... you can blame the coach all you want. But that doesn't explain why he's suddenly shy about going into the paint. I think he's tanking it and waiting for "The Trade"

Players don't tank for trades. That would never happen. Bynam is taking some of his spotlight and rebounds and occupying the paint. He's always fed off of Kobe. As Kobe goes so does Pau and the Lakers.

 
January 24, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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You sure about that rebound thing?

That hat brings back some fond memories.


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