Friday, October 7th, 2011 at 4:50 pm  |  38 responses

Mike Brown Explains the Lakers’ New Offense

Goodbye Triangle Offense, say hello to something new head coach Mike Brown calls “Strong Corner”. Yeah, not quite as catchy, is it? From the LA Times: “We’ve been able to go through from Point A to Point Z what we want to do offensively,’ Brown said. ‘We’ve put our offensive book together so that we’re always on the same page. We’re about two-thirds the way done with our defensive book.’ Brown coached the Cleveland Cavaliers for five seasons and won’t really change his defensive philosophy with the Lakers because he believes it should be similar for any team — less about tactics and strategies, more about ‘want, willpower, communication, help and trust,’ he said. Offense, however, will require some fresh work. ‘Players are so gifted differently on that side of the ball that you have to tailor your offense to what your team is,’ Brown said. ‘And when I look at my team here, it’s completely different than the team I had in Cleveland. We had a great player [LeBron James] that played pick-and-roll, so we wanted to make sure we had shooters around him. We’d put him at the top of the floor because that’s where he’s the most comfortable to make plays. Here, when you look at the team, we have obviously a great player [Kobe Bryant] that can score almost anywhere, especially between the elbows [of the key]. Just as important, we have a couple of bigs that are very talented in that painted area that remind me of my days in San Antonio when we had the two prolific low-post scorers there.’ Gasol and Andrew Bynum should take note. Their new coach just compared them to Tim Duncan and David Robinson. Brown envisions an offense called ‘strong corner.’ ‘At the start of the shot clock, it will be ‘four out, one in,’ meaning that if we get the ball down the floor quick enough, we’ll have four guys along the perimeter and one of our bigs in the low post,’ he said. ‘If the ball does go in at an early point in the shot clock, hopefully that big will have a chance to go to work without the double team.’”

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  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Get down the floor quick enough and post up before the defense gets a chance to double, that’s your “new” offense? Really?

  • Thor

    I hope there is more.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    ^ sarcasm

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow


  • Wray

    If anyone’s starting a pool this year, I call a first round exit.

  • bike

    Somewhere, someplace, Kobe is muttering “God help us all”.

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    Do the guys commenting here really think that he will explain his whole offense to the public.
    How stupid would that be.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Speedy, shhhhh!

  • LA Huey

    To be fair, any offense explained in a short blurb will either sound boring, too simple to work in the playoffs, or too abstract to make any sense of it.

  • http://Slamonline.coM nbk

    In the system I know we call that specific play Kansas (i believe that is where it originally came from). From their, it sounds like LA will run a flex, with High-Low post players and 2 primary wings. The SF will likely be What makes the offense a flex. Kobe gonna play a lot of SF on offense, I’d bet. Basically Mike Brown just explained that he still lacks creativity on offense. Or he just left a bunch of stuff out and said that to try and hedge his preseason criticism. Or atleast that how it sounds to me.

  • http://Slamonline.coM nbk

    The fact that he said he’s going to try and keep it simple is the only reason I think I know what offense he just explained. It gets a lot more complex and varied when you add wrinkles, but with Bynum idk how quick he’d pick up a completely new system after the triangle got him in whatever habits he had to get into for Phil Jackson.


    If we can’t get an easy transition hoop, give the ball to Kobe in half-court and get the hell out of the way.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    why aren’t all the Lakers fans fired up from such an inspiring offensive scheme? I envision Lakers averaging 120 points a night with the brilliant mind of Mike Brown, because he “tailor [his] offense to what [his] team is”.

  • rkirby

    I think it’s funny how Mike Brown is two-thirds done with his defensive book, which he says is exactly the same thing they ran in Cleveland, and already done with his offensive book. I say that offensive playbook is 10 pages max.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    The offensive playbook is a one-sided leaflet.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    I think this will work out well. Kobe spent a good four years playing ‘four out, one in’ offence that netted him oodles of 50 and 60 point games.

  • T-Money

    He really just talked about the secondary break, I’ll wait even though Mike Brown has always struggled with offense. The problemwith his defense is that he eont tweak it for a killer match up and will just demand that hisplanyers fight harder- its not always about will (i.e varejao running to the 3-point line to cover rashard). And for those that were getting on Bron for pounding the rock 30 ft from the basket – you can now see that was the actul offense.

  • Chukaz

    This guy is a terrible coach. I never understood why he let LeBron handle the ball so much. Sure it was nice to have a bunch of shooters spacing the floor for LeBron, but was it that good of an idea to built your offense around your best scorer passing the ball? Why would you want to have your best scorer passing? What sounds better, LeBron to Mo Williams, or Mo Williams to LeBron? Would you take parts of your Lambo to make your Civic run faster? No you wouldn’t and yet this clown thought “let’s have our best scorer pass the ball to lesser scorers. That sounds like a good idea”

  • ghettablaster

    Should’ve stuck to Triangle offence

  • johnson

    @chukaz dude ur acting like lebron is a good shooter lol

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @Chukaz – You’re assuming Brown was calling some or any of the plays in Cleveland.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher


  • http://sajkflf.com Jukai

    My favorite part…
    “less about tactics and strategies, more about ‘want, willpower, communication, help and trust,’ he said”
    That really sums it all up. If you add “and my mouth catching as many flies as possible” you’d have his schemes in a nutshell.

  • MattG76

    Mm hmmm. That’s what eddie jordan tried with the sixers. Boy did it work out


  • Zabbah

    Keep it simple, I like it. I bet Kobe will like it too.

  • EJ

    “less about tactics and strategies, more about want, willpower, communication, help and trust”
    Really? In that case you better trade Ron and Fish for some young guys, who can play consistently good defense with “willpower” without getting a heart attack.

  • RaZkOL

    Lakers offense: Give the ball to Steve Blake and get the F@(* out the way……

  • Dirk Nowitzki’s Mane

    Non-stop iso plays with ron artest FTW.

  • robb

    I don’t wanna hear (or read) how’s he gonna play, it gets me really nervous.

  • EtheKnickFan

    They start the season 0-3 Then it will be Metta World War.

  • CCat44

    i feel bad because regardless of who the coach is the lake show is an old show and Mike’s just gonna get blamed for all the team’s problems. I’d be shocked if they won another championship and I don’t see how they could expect to with the Thunder and Mavs to go through

  • duhwinning

    Thank God Phil retired. not being a laker fan is gonna be great all these people in las vegas reppin LA, I love seeing them whine and complain about how Kobe didnt get this call or that call i hope Kobes last seasons in this league are terrible.

  • asgf

    he has yet 2 add paint 2 the drywall

  • Jeremy

    @duhwinning and His life will still be better than yours and he still will be first ballot HOF and you will still be a irrelevant person in life

  • Matt

    Mike Brown is one of the worst coaches in the league. The Lakers replaced Phil with a lightweight & the Jazz replaced Jerry with a scrub. Horrid signings for two proud franchises.

  • jayb

    if we uptempo the offense that should benefit kobe. i like the idea if that is the plan…if kb has to play point..could work if you ask me!

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    I’m still giving Grimace the benefit of the doubt.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    This thread has some real comedy gold.