Why Media’s Reaction to Mike Brown’s LA Lakers Struggles Are Overblown

The narrative around Mike Brown's Los Angeles Lakers has changed faster than any other team in the NBA during the 2011-12 season.

Before the campaign began, many had questioned whether Brown was the right hire to replace Phil Jackson on the sidelines.

There were a lot of questions after his tenure in Cleveland and at the time he was introduced as the newest head coach of the Lakers.

Could Brown connect with Kobe Bryant? Would Brown be able to maximize the production from both Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum? And most importantly, how would Brown's offensive strategy work in Los Angeles?

Currently the fifth seed in the Western Conference and sitting at 23-16, questions have come to the surface once again about what direction this Lakers team is headed.

After embarrassing road losses to both the Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards, Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN Los Angeles reports that some Lakers are concerned about Brown's offense.

Sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com that multiple players have continued to meet privately since the initial team meeting to discuss running elements of the Triangle offense again.

"The players want to unify," one source with knowledge of the situation said. "They know how to win, and they want to fix this. I don't know if they can, though. "

That's entirely too strong of a reaction after just two losses.

There is no question that this Lakers team has its problems, but let's not throw dynamite in the water when fishing for a solution.

This is a process and a major change.

The team has integrated an entirely new plan at both ends of the court and haven't had the benefit of normal practice time, a product of the lockout-shortened season with an expedited pace of play.

This is the guy that Mitch Kupchak, Jim Buss and the front office put in charge.

Brown is a defense-first guy. That is not a ...

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