|Posted by shawn cassidy on February 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM|
LA is full of drama, and I'm talking about the court.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant called out team management Sunday, stating a decision needed to be made regarding the future of forward Pau Gasol. The Lakers responded in turn Monday, just not in the manner Bryant wanted.
The Lakers released a statement by general manager Mitch Kupchak prior to the Lakers' game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
"As general manager of the Lakers, I have a responsibility to ownership, our fans and the players on this team to actively pursue opportunities to improve the team for this season and seasons to come," Kupchak said in the statement. "To say publicly that we would not do this would serve no purpose and put us at a competitive disadvantage. Taking such a course of action at this time would be a disservice to ownership, the team and our many fans."
But there are other issues as well. Some of the Lakers are having trouble adjusting to Mike Brown's coaching style, which is a sharp contrast to Phil Jackson's. Some players are upset about what they perceive to be an ever-changing rotation and the up-and-down distribution of minutes, sources said. Others aren't liking the long practices and shootarounds, while still others have bristled at Brown's heavy-handed approach, as opposed to Jackson's more laid-back style.
The players were not happy that after beating Phoenix at home Friday night and flying to Phoenix Saturday afternoon, they had to get up for a 10 a.m. shootaround Sunday morning. With Sunday's game starting at 6 p.m., it would've been more typical to skip the morning shootaround in exchange for a pregame walk-through
A few weeks ago the Celtics were right there with the Lakers in terms of standings, but now the Lakers depsite their woes, seem to be moving forward with a solid record.