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Laker Report Cards: Shannon Brown

60621713This is the fourth edition of Lakers Report Cards, focusing today on reserve guard Shannon Brown

Grade: C+

The sweltering humidity, lack of air conditioning and the accelerated speed of his workouts set a blistering tone for what Lakers guard Shannon Brown considered to be well worth it.

He had seen improvement for the last two seasons with the Lakers in both playing time and performances, but he didn't want his LetShannonDunk.com website to solely define who he was as a player. So there Brown remained at his high school and elementary school in his hometown of Maywood, Ill., during the summer eager to working on his ball handling and shooting under sweltering conditions so he could become a complete player. But that identity only took shape during the first month of the season before Brown was slipping into a shooting slump that never ended.

After averaging 10.83 points on 48.6% shooting and creating a buzz as the league's most improved player through 18 games, Brown finished the remaining 64 games posting 8.07 points a game on a 40.61% shooting clip. Browns' playoffs numbers might have improved from the first-round series against New Orleans to the semifinals series against Dallas in both points per game (5.8, 9.3) and shooting percentage (39.4%, 53.6%), but Hoopdata.com statistics against the Mavericks mostly point to his late acceptance in finding most of his shots at the rim.

"Blame it on whatever," said Brown, who declined to say whether he'll opt out of his $2.37 million contract. "I'll just say I didn't shoot the ball well. I missed shots. That's pretty much that. I'm not going to blame it on anything else. I missed shots."

It would've served Brown better had he followed that approach earlier, but his desire to be more of a complete player than simply a dunker quickly morphed into becoming a trigger-happy shooter that continuously aggravated the Lakers' coaching staff. No doubt, the Lakers benefitted from his energy, uber athleticism and highlight-reel dunks, but that's happened for the last two seasons since he joined the Lakers in February of 2009. Instead of being more purposeful with his shot selection, Brown simply tried shooting his way out of his slump the entire season without any success. While he was in that shooting slump, Brown also refused to devote his energy in any other facets of the game, particularly defense. His weakness was in having raw talent but being stubborn about adapting his game to his strong suit, a bad sign considering the former criticism at least showed he was more eager to learn.

Brown never went into specifics, but he had also mentioned off-the-court issues affected his play. It'd be too speculative if any of that is attached to his recent marriage to R&B singer Monica, but for a player trying to make that next step in a natural progression, Brown took a few steps back this season. That's why he looked Lakers Coach Phil Jackson right in the eye during his exit interview and personally apologized for both his own shortcomings and for the team falling in a sweep to the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference semifinals. 

"I told him, 'That was a terrible to hand him his last game and season to go out that way,' " Brown recalled telling Jackson. "I felt really bad about that. I can't put it into words how disappointing, upset and frustrating it really was. It still hurts."

--Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers guard Shannon Brown brings the ball into the frontcourt against Nuggets guard Raymond Felton in a regular season game in April at Staples Center. Credit: Kirby Lee / US Presswire / April 3, 2011

 
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Lakers Starters Next Season:

Power Forward: Dwight Howard
Small Forward: Kevin Love
Center: Yao Ming
Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant
Point Guard: Chris Paul

Bench: Odom, Artest, Blake Griffin, Brown, Steve Nash, Barnes, Fish (needs to retire already and show some dignity!!!)

Lakers should try to get Kevin Durant next 3 years!!!

Lakers Starters Next Season:

Power Forward: Dwight Howard
Small Forward: Kevin Love

Center: Yao Ming or Manny Pacquiao

Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant
Point Guard: Chris Paul

Bench: Odom, Artest, Blake Griffin, Brown, Steve Nash, Barnes, Fish (needs to retire already and show some dignity!!!)

Lakers should try to get Kevin Durant next 3 years!!!

Lakers Starters Next Season:

Power Forward: Dwight Howard
Small Forward: Kevin Love

Center: Yao Ming or Manny Pacquiao (the first Filipino NBA player)

Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant
Point Guard: Chris Paul

Bench: Odom, Artest, Blake Griffin, Brown, Steve Nash, Barnes, Fish (needs to retire already and show some dignity!!!)

Lakers should try to get Kevin Durant next 3 years or less!!!

LRob

have to disagree with your Tom Thibodeau comparison to Brian Shaw. Thibodeau's defensive stratagies are cutting edge and was instrumental in bringing the Celtics a championship in 08 and almost pulling off game 7 last year. He was highly coveted by every team and probably the #1 choice of all GM's with a coaching vacancy. He has turned Chicago into an elite team that will battle Miami for the right to go to the NBA finals. Defense wins championships as the saying goes and there is no argument that Thibodeau is a defensive genius.
Exactly what was Brian Shaw's specialty in the PJ system? Was it defense? Offense? Scouting? Free throw shooting? Layup techniques? Specialized plays? Shooting? Nobody knows!!!
I do know him and Sasha got into it and that was the end of Sasha.

G.Money

root for your team as you should. But most Laker fans just don't want the self titled "Annointed One" to win the big one because it's so much fun ranking on him. Winning a ring would be almost as unbearable as the Celtics winning another Championship.

That fake crying after the Boston game was just so typical of him. Do you believe those were real tears? Were you moved by that emotion? It seems to have inspired you to post more lately.

Seriously though, Chicago/Miami should be a classic series. The breaks seem to be going Miami's way considering Boston decided to trade Kendrick Perkins for some magical string beans.

I think the presence of Sasha made him a better player. I don't think it's a coincidence that Sasha's departure coincided with Brown's decline. Whether it may be from complacency knowing your minutes are safe or having an extra shooter around to practice alongside with you, Brown just slumped after that trade. Well the whole team did really. I say if Brown leaves, then maybe the Lakers can get back Sasha.

Island Priest

If you are going to proclaim yourself the leader of this blog at least get your facts straight.
I am not the PSP. I haven't engaged in any conversation with you in a long time for the simple fact that your just one step above DFish on the evolutionary chart. You do have great insights on basketball when your not ragging on Kobe. But you do it all the time all the time all the time all the time all the time all the time all the time all the time. Seeeee, it gets old real quick.

As far as Edwin Gueco is concerned, he hasn't said anything to me personally about my multiple handles. All my handles have been revealed by me to all bloggers. If push came to shove I could just put all my names on one handle but it would be long.

Here's a repost of some of the handles I use and the reasons behind it.
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My many handles are usually conceived on how I feel during a certain point of time or to accentuate a particular point of view or presentation.

Examples of some my different handles and reasons for their usage (note: there are many I have fogotten)

1. You Ever Notice: self explanatory

2. Nostradamas: when making predictions

3. There are 4 Lights: Classic Star Trek NG episode where Picard is under heavy psychological brainwashing techniques where his torturers are trying to induce Picard into saying there is a different number of lights. Picard almost breaks down but is saved in the last moment. Picard later reveals he was ready to say anything his captors wanted him to. This handle is used when someone is trying to impose their will on others.

4. Notes on a Scorecard: this handle was done in honor of the late sportswrtiter Alan Malamud

5. By Grapthars Hammer: A sillly handle when making corny declarations

6. Sister Mary Elephant: (Cheech and Chong) Used when giving out grades to Laker players, morphing the players into adolescent school children with PJ as teacher aide.

7. Regular Season Police: I just loved it when the PSP (Practice Season Police) came on board and though this handle is somewhat of a rip-off, I was showing my support in his disdain for the "Practice Season" preachers who really were exposed this playoff season. The Arrogance of these people were just over-the-top. The RSP also continued the work of .....

8. 27 Bloggers who ruined this blog: This handle is perhaps the only handle that I used that was wholly attacking but it was done in an ironic tone and in my opinion, cleverly done. It is still referenced today by many bloggers who agree with my convictions. The reactions from all sides were classic.

9. Troll Man: tongue-in-cheek moniker which is my main handle. This handle was solely directed at the many here who started calling anyone with an opposing point-of-view, a troll.

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there are other handles and when I remember them I'll pass them along.
But as you can see there was nothing malicious in any of these handles except for the one I admitted to. Furthermore that particular handle was an emotional reaction to being attacked. Others have been put in the same position and have been censored and censured but I am not the type of person to go down without a fight.

I do not think that I am above this blog but I have made my contributions

1. The Top Ten List: very time consuming but was a blast to rate some great comments a couple years back
2. The Lamar Anthem: Instant Classic, still relevant today (unfortunately)
3. All Luke all the Time: was just a cut and paste piece I could have really made a great one.
4. Big Bad Drew is Sweet William Now: A piece I will repost. It was when Bynum was going through a period of being a non-factor and bloggers were questioning his commitment.
5. The 27 Commandments: Authored as RSP, The Commandents are a collection of some of the best and worst of what people have brought to this blog. Some serious, some comedic, some sarcastic, and some sardonic. It was created to remind bloggers not to take themselves so seriously because if you think about it, this blog to some extent is about entertainment.

I don't hide behind these handles I am these handles. Anyone who wants to know if a particular handle is me, just ask. I did have a little fun with the RSP, I wouldn't divulge my identity until somebody guessed right. No one did which was funny because I left clue after clue. Or maybe they eventually guessed right and were mad it was me. lol.
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So Island Priest man, your attempt at ridiculing me was based on a false assupmtion. but it's all good I've been trashed by far more superior bloggers than yourself.
This will be the last time I acknowledge you unless you can morph into a more respectful person. Hey, maybe you can change your handle if you can't change your personality.

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My handle "You Ever Notice" I said was self-explanatory which it is, but it was also a play on Andy Rooney from 60 minutes.
For those who remember that annoying "You ever notice" opening line of all his segments....

You ever notice?

Hermit and Trolley Man I should never have sunk to yall level by name calling. I noticed whenever persons cannot defend their case they start to call other persons names and that is why our comments are forever moderated due to immature persons like you guys. But the Priest being the more mature and intelligent person should not do that. If you or any of your other personalities don't want to respond to The Priest's comments i do not give a rat's....Be that as it may I wonder why laker fans hate LBJ with a passion. It can't be that he has a huge ego when kobe the ego king is treated like a deity on this blog. Hmmm. Or it can't be that he said on a nationally televised program that he is taking his talents to South Beach. Yeah it was over the top but shouldn't we have gotten over this by now as mature adults (excluding a few people)? It can't be because he joined two other elite basketball stars forming the Big 3 with the rest being scrubs unless most lakers fans are hypocrites. Even though Kobe has the most talented team right now with Kobe, Bynum, LO, Gastrong and Artest, I constantly read from the fans that we need to get Howard and CP3. I thought kobe was more of a competitor than that. After eliminating the above reasons I discovered the truth. Yall hate LBJ in a feeble attempt to protect kobe's legacy. Right now LBJ has the number 1 selling jersey, is younger, faster, jumps higher, better teammate, more marketable and is a better player than kobe. But kobe has 5 rings to LBJ 0. However, if all of a sudden LBJ wins his first ring along with the other attributes the media will go crazy declaring LBJ as better than the Kobestar. The thing I like about LBJ is that he will score 34 points on 10 for 19 shooting while dishing out 8 assists and grabbing 7 rebounds. Kobe will take 28 shots to get 36 points with no assists like in game 1 against Dallas. Plus we all remember the King's gift on Christmas Day when he dropped a triple double on our heads. In fact the King's Christmas Day beat down is almost an annual tradition in Los Angeles.

Brown never really looked comfortable, when handling the ball or passing the ball.
I question his BB IQ and wonder if he wouldn't be better in a more uptempo offense.
I think he'd be great playing with the Suns or maybe the Knicks.
I wonder why he can't be a great defensive stopper with all of his natural tallent?

Many analyst over the last week have said that Shannon is the only Laker that has speed, is an athlete etc...what the league is moving towards anyway. I have strongly believed that Shannon needs a basketball mentor to work with him during the off season to help shape all of his natural- seriously it makes no sense how much natural athleticism, speed, etc that he has. I agree he does not have the highest BB IQ, but at times neither does Lamar and other members on this team. Overall, I would like the Lakers bench to be quicker and younger, with Lamar as its lead. As stated in other postings, the additions of Blake and Barnes did not do this- in fact I think it slowed the bench down greatly, leaving it with no identity. With that being said I think it will be interesting to see who the next Lakers coach will be- that will determine a lot.


wussup lakers fans no need 2 worry. i have the perfect scenerio. hire rick adelman, trade gasol artest and either fisher or blake for chris paul trevor ariza and emeka okafor. I need you guys to pass it along lets get mitch kupchak's attention and make this thing happen. with this trade we get youth, athleticism, and great 3 point shooting; all of the things the team was missing this year. And with okafor we will continue the length and great interior defense that we enjoyed the last couple of years.


PJ should have started Shannon a few times to see how he could do, and skip the, "now you're in, now your out". routine. Final 15 point game displayed some diversity on both ends, ahead of that, Kobe hugged his rallying performance in game 3.

He needed to start to see what he could do!

D.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

S Perkins' report card of Derek Fisher got deleted. There are going to be some fireworks in here when Derek Fisher's real report card is posted. I hope the blog isn't on moderation at that time.

The same thing happened to Brown that happened to Sasha. They found a little success and instead of maximizing that ability they tried to be Kobe's back-up. Both players tried to start making plays for others by excessive dribbling. Sasha is a quality spot up shooter and Brown best attribute is taking the ball to the basket. Had they stuck to those strengthens the Lakers would have been better off.

Plus we all remember the King's gift on Christmas Day when he dropped a triple double on our heads. In fact the King's Christmas Day beat down is almost an annual tradition in Los Angeles.

Posted by: Island Priest | May 13, 2011 at 03:11 AM
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If I got a dime for every time you idolized Lebron over a legend of, supposedly your own team, I would be a billionaire, so let's just leave it at that. So let's get one thing straight, you can't be a fan of the Lakers knowing the history, and hating Kobe at the same time for being a huge part of the last 5 championships (keeping the Lakers relevant). You can't mask your profound love for Lebron anymore, because aside from the first sentence in your post your entire "rant" was nothing more than a LBJ praise-athon, fanboy.

On to more important topics.

Brown never really looked comfortable, when handling the ball or passing the ball.
I question his BB IQ and wonder if he wouldn't be better in a more uptempo offense.
I think he'd be great playing with the Suns or maybe the Knicks.
I wonder why he can't be a great defensive stopper with all of his natural tallent?

Posted by: PMaz | May 13, 2011 at 05:32 AM

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-Shannondo is not a a perimeter defender, he's the exact opposite of Devean George, athletic, highlight-reel little defense, but I would give him a legit B- because he was the one guy Phil Jackson could count on filling minutes for Kobe, well, not his fault, that's the only guy he could use since they traded Sasha, but he was also the most effective. Not the most accurate but he's gotten better, I just think he's too stocky to defend, but I have no problem with him running a more uptempo offense with another coach, provided we upgrade our PG spot, but there are many athletes in the league anyway.



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