How can the Lakers better integrate their new additions and are they missing pieces? Who should they go after before trade deadline.
How can Miami shore up their perimeter D? Many guards are scoring career highs against them and they are very likely to lose against teams that can shoot 3 point shots. How should they go about defending the perimeter? and is the lack of a defensive big a real trouble? Who should they go after before trade deadline.
Well we have to wait for Nash and Pau. I guess we should bring Pau off the bench and play him with Nash. Dwight needs a stretch 4 like Jamison and Pau can't shoot so consistantly. We have to play Pau at 5 as much as possible because he needs more space.
Also Dwight has to get a lot more touches in the post.
If we keep losing when all guys are healthy and our defense still isn't improving, then we should really consider trading someone. I don't know what the defense will look like with Nash but the thing I know is Nash isn't going to improve it.
a local basketball greats around here in our country said it best that having a strong line-up won't mean you'll be a championship team. you'll also have to consider team chemistry, coaching and the system.
Miami's lack of size sometimes hurts them when you control the tempo in a slower pace. But is they turn on their D, they can impose their will for much of the game. Their D just needs to be active for a full 48 minutes. That's tough on a team that's undersized already. With a longer season, I understand why they take a few games off.
They'll be fine in the long haul if they stay healthy. They need to sit Battier, who is already really banged up. That's quite a concern.
If I were the Lakers I would blow the whole thing up, but no one can control Kobe.
Miami's only problem is defense, and from the few games I've watched it looks like effort. I can't see how it can go from a top 3 defense to one of the worst over the span of an offseason...other than just a lack of effort/hustle. I'm not too worried about them. It could be a lack of size, and that's something Spo will have to toy with, but I don't think that's necessarily the main culprit.
LA just needs to get healthy. If a month after they get Pau and Nash back things are still going wrong, then maybe it's time to explore trades. But it's too early to totally panic there as well. I don't think Nash is going to come back and magically fix things (especially the defense), but there's too much talent on that team for them not to figure it out.
lakers SHOULD be fine as well, but honestly unless they start running plays and stop isoing with kobe, its going to be a long drama filled season.
Yeah, its funny with the Lakers as people are saying they can't run D'Antonni's system. Well, ok...they aren't! They are doing post ups with Dwight, isos with Kobe, very little pick and rolls that do anything, and they are not running out on the break.
The only thing they are doing is playing a bit faster and shooting more 3's. I guess that is the "system" in a sense but only the worst elements. It looks terrible when you don't move the ball...which I'm pretty sure D'Antonni has said all along is the most important aspect of it.
So I guess there are a few trains of thought here:
1) The Lakers don't have the right personnel
2) The coach has to have a great pick and roll guard or the offense is terrible
3) The Lakers need more time