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Lakers don’t expect major changes to defensive scheme under Brown

Jul 12, 2011, 7:27 PM EDT

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The Los Angeles Times’ Mark Medina recently sat down with Lakers assistant coach Chuck Person to talk about all things Lakers. It’s an interesting interview, and I recommend reading the full piece, but one particularly interesting part of the interview came when Person was asked about how the team will play defense under new head coach Mike Brown:

“I think the basic [defensive] scheme will be the same. We’ll keep the ball out of the middle of the floor, force the ball baseline without getting beat, come over from the weak side to do what we call “trap the box,” and make sure the ball stays out of the paint. We are going to shrink the floor and invite opponents to shoot with a contested hand on every shot, so that won’t change from last year. What will change is we will have the players be held more accountable for executing our defensive philosophy and defensive game plans from game-to-game. Mike won’t have any leniency when it comes to that end of the floor. He’ll allow them to make some mistakes offensively, but there won’t be much room defensively for guys to go off on their own and do things outside of the defensive system that we implement.”

Person notes that the team did implement a new defensive scheme last season, and it’s worth noting that the Lakers have been a top-6 defensive team in each of the last two seasons. Brown is known for his defensive coaching acumen, and the schemes he brought to Cleveland completely changed the culture of the team, but I don’t believe it would be reasonable to expect a similarly dramatic culture shift in Los Angeles next season.

  1. raheel - Jul 12, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    Does this mean Kobe will *finally* be held accountable for ‘floating’ on defense and not staying on his assignment?

    • musilly - Jul 13, 2011 at 1:36 PM

      Spot on; this was my first thought. Kobe’s “free safety” defensive tactics do more harm than good. And yet he makes the All-D team!

  2. bubbagus - Jul 12, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    the lakers D was strong last season, so it makes sesnse that they wouldn’t change the overall scheme. Person’s comments about execution and accountability interest me in that I would like to see how this affects Kobe’s current self-imposed role as a gambling center-fielder instead of sticking more to his man

  3. marvin216 - Jul 13, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Mike Brown is overrated as a defensive coach! The guy couldn’t figure out the pick n roll after 5 games against the Magic in 2009 playoffs when the Cavs and Lefraud got bounced.
    And Kobe, if you’re reading this, the new offense consist of you pounding the ball for 20 of 24 seconds of the play clock and then passing only after you find out that you have been triple teamed.
    How Mike Brown got another job as a head coach, I will never know.

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