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Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Report: Lakers still struggling with transition to Mike Brown’s system


Kobe Bryant has no answer for fans as the Lakers fall in Washington. (Jacquelyn Martin / AP)
Phil Jackson and his triangle offense are gone and Mike Brown’s system — for whatever reason — isn’t working. And that makes the Los Angeles Lakers a struggling mess right now.

The latest reminder came Wednesday night as the Lakers blew a 21-point lead and lost to the Washington Wizards, losing their second straight game and falling to 6-14 on the road. There’s already been a players-only meeting, followed by informal confabs, and ESPN LA reports that some veterans are “longing for a return to the trusty Triangle offense” Jackson favored.

“The players want to unify,” a source told ESPN LA. “They know how to win and they want to fix this. I don't know if they can, though.”

Brown thought the Lakers — and specifically Kobe Bryant with a 3-for-18 performance in the second half — were forcing shots Wednesday night. “He was one of the guys that I did not think took great shots in the second half. I thought in the first half, our flow was there, and he got great looks and made the game easy. In the second half, our looks weren't as good.”

Bryant had no response to Brown’s critique, saying only “okay” and “it’s fine” when asked for a response.

The March 15 trade deadline is fast approaching, with questions about their L.A. future surrounding Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, and precious little time left in which to figure out how much of the problem lies with the coach and how much with the players.

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