The Lakers have lost on consecutive nights to teams near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, resulting in some growing unrest in the locker room over the team's offensive performance. According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, there's increasing concern among Lakers players about coach Mike Brown's offensive system, which has the club scoring at its lowest rate in the shot-clock era.
Sources tell Shelburne that the Lakers' struggles on the road have many of the team's veterans longing for a return to Phil Jackson's Triangle offense. Since the players-only meeting held by Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher last month, a few players have met privately to discussing running elements of the Triangle, says Shelburne.
"The players want to unify," one source told Shelburne. "They know how to win, and they want to fix this. I don't know if they can, though."
The other topic of discussion during that initial players-only meeting was the trade rumors surrounding the team. Following the Lakers' most recent losses, along with continued reports of the players at odds with Brown and the coaches, you'd have to think those trade rumors will only pick up steam in the coming week. Whether it's the roster, the coaching staff, or the on-court philosophy, something needs to change for the Lakers if they hope to contend for a title this season.