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Mike Brown trying to balance practice/rest

December 18, 2011 |  9:04 am

Holding four pages of notebook paper in his hand, Lakers Coach Mike Brown had plenty of defensive concepts he wanted to emphasize to his players.

Inconsistent effort diving for loose balls and rebounds. Inconsistency on getting back in transition. Inconsistency on defensive rotations.

Normal things that usually come up in the first game of an intrasquad scrimmage. But as much as he wanted to use Saturdays' practice to mitigate that, Brown remained cognizant of the on-going balancing act in ensuring a veteran-laden group doesn't burn out. 

So instead, the starters rested while the reserves participated in drills and scrimmages. 

"We were thinking about having practice and contact today, but these guys have worked their tail off. I can't get them right in a matter of two weeks time. We'll still have to do our job in coaching throughout the season."

Instead, Brown plans to save those defensive transition drills for Sunday's practice, just one example on how the Lakers' Coach is fighting urges to keep grinding and teaching information. At some point, all that hard work becomes too exhausting. At some point, all that information becomes numbing. 

So he's done things, such as grant Derek Fisher time to rest during Friday's intrasquad scrimmage at USC or reduced his original plan to have three two-a-day sessions last week to two.

But don't mistake this for Brown scaling back his workload. He arrived to Saturday's film session with those four pages of notes already written out, ready to point out the team's defensive flaws.

"He watched the film and already knew the talking points and points he wanted to make and plays he wanted to point out," Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said. "I don't know if he went home at all last night. He's been working non stop." 


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