Mike Brown is the easy scapegoat. He's replacing Phil Jackson, the greatest manager of athletic egos in the history of sports. Brown is a defensive-minded coach operating in Showtime Los Angeles.
Whatever is wrong with the Lakers -- and there was plenty wrong the final three quarters Thursday night inside the Staples Center against the Oklahoma City Thunder -- must be traced to Brown, the coach with the audacity to bench Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum in back-to-back games.
Mike Brown is clearly in over his head. Or maybe he's not?
Maybe Kobe Bryant is the problem. Maybe 7-foot center Andrew Bynum jacked up a transition 3-pointer against Golden State on Tuesday in rebellion against the Black Mamba rather than Mike Brown. Maybe Bynum chuckled on the bench, promised to continue pulling up from behind the arc and appeared totally insubordinate to Brown as a passive-aggressive way of tweaking Kobe Bryant.
Maybe Bynum sees what I saw Thursday night from my seat at the Staples Center: