Skip to content

Lakers tell players to cool it with “external chatter”

Mar 11, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett and Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol compete for the ball in Boston Reuters

The Lakers held an informal meeting that developed out of a film session following their back-to-back losses to Detroit and Washington, ESPN reports. During the conversation, assistant coaches for the team asked players to refrain from “external chatter,” whatever that is, presumably about potential trades. From ESPN LA:

“It wasn’t an airing out session,” Brown said Saturday, downplaying its significance. “It was a film session.”

The session was mostly X’s and O’s based and run by Brown until he handed over the floor to his assistant coaches.

“I utilized my assistants a lot because I don’t like the players hearing my voice a lot,” Brown said. “I talked a lot. I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to have someone else talk.’ After two losses like that everybody’s feeling kind of down. So, I wanted to hear other guys’ voices.”

Players were invited to speak after Lakers assistant coaches John Kuester and Chuck Person left strong impressions. Part of the assistant coaches’ message was urging the players to curtail any “external chatter,” according to a source.

via Source — Los Angeles Lakers told to curtail ‘external chatter’ – ESPN Los Angeles.

That’s pretty much code for “Hey, Pau, quit talking about how upset you are at being involved in trade talks,” and “Hey, Kobe, quit talking about how upset Pau is about being involved in trade talks.”

It’s a clear attempt to try and restore some semblance of order to a team which has seemed out of control as of late. Reports of dissension between ownership and management, management and players, players and coaches, coaches and ownership have run rampant the last couple of weeks and it’s created a nasty atmosphere in L.A.. After a successful winning streak that very much had the Lakers looking like legit title contenders, the road losses this week and a dispiriting near-loss to the Wolves without Kevin Love (or Ricky Rubio the final 30 seconds) wiped all that good will away.

The trade deadline is anxious for a lot of players, a lot of teams. But the Lakers seem especially urgent to get past it. If they can get through Thursday at 3 p.m. EST together, they might have the ability to clear their minds and make a run. Otherwise, they’ll have gone through the trades and at least it’ll be over. It’ like waiting for layoffs from your company, only instead of unemployment, you have to move to Charlotte (a wonderful city, I might add).

The Lakers face Boston Sunday afternoon.

Latest Posts
  1. Dominant Pau Gasol shows he may be a perfect fit for Bulls

    Oct 30, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol Pau Gasol

    Gasol was dominant opening night, and Derrick Rose is thrilled to finally have some help.

  2. Klay Thompson becomes eligible for higher qualifying offer

    Oct 30, 2014, 10:51 AM EDT

    Ben McLemore, Klay Thompson Ben McLemore, Klay Thompson

    Warriors shooting guard met starter criteria in game against Kings

  3. Rajon Rondo apparently took subway to Celtics’ opener

    Oct 30, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Rajon Rondo

    Celtics point guard photographed in T station

  4. Andrew Wiggins first NBA bucket was quality catch-and-shoot three (VIDEO)

    Oct 30, 2014, 8:30 AM EDT

    Timberwolves New Players Getty Images

    Rough first night in the NBA to be guarded by Tony Allen.

  5. Wednesday night’s NBA winners, losers: Chris Bosh wants you to know he is a No. 1 option

    Oct 30, 2014, 2:45 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat Getty Images

    Good night to be the Trail Blazers. Not so much for Kobe Bryant.

  6. Bulls cruise to 24-point opening night win over Knicks

    Oct 29, 2014, 11:57 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    Taj Gibson and the second unit took control of this one.

  7. Isaiah Thomas said he had interest in signing with Lakers

    Oct 29, 2014, 11:13 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Utah Jazz Getty Images

    While the Lakers were flirting with ‘Melo, the Suns came knocking for Thomas.

  8. Kemba Walker did it again! (video)

    Oct 29, 2014, 9:51 PM EDT

    Kemba Walker, Jabari Parker, Brandon Knight Kemba Walker, Jabari Parker, Brandon Knight

    Hornets point guard hits game-winning jumper in overtime against Bucks

  9. Mavericks sign J.J. Barea, waive Gal Mekel

    Oct 29, 2014, 8:33 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Minnesota Timberwolves Dallas Mavericks v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Barea helped Dallas win 2011 championship, but how much does he have left in the tank?

  10. Young Tom Brady dressed a Celtic?

    Oct 29, 2014, 7:55 PM EDT

    Young Tom Brady dressed as a Celtic

  11. Carmelo Anthony has cameo in latest “Sons of Anarchy” (VINE)

    Oct 29, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v New York Knicks Washington Wizards v New York Knicks

    Here’s your chance to see ‘Melo as a knife-wielding henchman.

Featured video

The list of championship contenders
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. B. Beal (8189)
  2. K. McDaniels (7699)
  3. R. Rondo (7349)
  4. K. Durant (7160)
  5. L. Sanders (6549)