Brown’s Three Rules: Defense

Soon enough, we’re going to hear the voice of Mike Brown more than that of anyone else around the Lakers’ organization. After practices. After shootarounds. Before and after games. At his house (OK, made the last one up, but you get the point).

Thus far, we’ve had only a (35-minute) introductory press conference to hear what Brown has in mind for his new team, but that didn’t stop him from outlining his core principles about offensive and defensive basketball at both ends of the floor. In fact, Brown’s specific plans for L.A.’s personnel at both ends of the court were a major factor in his being hired.

Let’s start on defense, where Brown likes to bread his butter (check back on Wednesday for Brown’s three offensive principle).

1) Shrink the floor.
Brown: “We don’t want anything easy to happen in that paint.”

2) Don’t give up middle drives.
Brown: “If the ball gets to the middle of the floor, there are too many outlets. You can go left, you can go right, you can finish at the rim.”

3) Get multiple efforts to finish with a shot contest.
This one’s pretty self-explanatory, but in short, giving up on a play is never an option on defense, from the start of an offensive possession through an opponent’s shot attempt.

In short: “Those three things, my players will hear often, and you guys will hear me say it often,” he concluded. “As long as the group is willing, which it sounds like it is, we’ll get it done.”