2010 NBA Finals (the 3 games @boston)
Kobe averaged 33.3pts per game
Yes I said undisputed.
Besides, you can't expect the team to have a defensive mentality when all your coach knows is offense.
"Basketball is a sport that involves the subtle interweaving of players at full speed to the point where they are thinking and moving as one."- The Zen Master
No one is diminishing Pau as a skilled player. But this league is what can you do for me now. All of these lifetime achievement awards crap is ridiculous. If you think keeping Pau for the rest of the season is getting us closer to a title you are crazy my friend.
I would really like to see if Pau can still ball like he should on another team. I think the emotional drain of a trade will consume this guy and you will see much of the same you are seeing now. I have no more confidence in Pau as a Fan and a realist.
Kobe was worthy. So was Pau. Everybody who watched at the time (except you, because I'll take you at your word that you watched) recognized this.
In years past, I would get upset because I felt the Lakers could and should win every game. But now when attending or watching games, it's more about the act of just watching / attending the game, rather than expecting the Lakers to win......
I do hope things change for the better, because I'm starting to get that Lakers mid 1990 feeling
At this point, I just respond to specific statements that need responding to, not to discourage a trade. Just to enlighten some people who seem to be swept up in Gasol-bashing to the point of complete ignorance.
So, as I pointed out, Gasol is not being paid for the kind of stats he's been posting lately. He is being paid for what he has done. He has a line of credit, so to speak. Just as all those other players I listed, who were notorious for laying eggs for long stretches of season, and even playoffs, because they did come through at critical times, as Gasol has.
We're done. Even if we begin to play better we'll still end up with well over 30 losses. At this point, tanking the season makes more sense. At least we could get a high draft pick after Dwight leaves
Oggi pensu iu, dumani pensa Diu
In my opinion the major problems are:
-Team defense and communication
-Pick and Roll Offense
-Howard playing to capabilities (injury? mental?)
-The team is thin at the wing position...another wing defender that can shoot the 3 well
Some people might say backup pg, age, play style, whatever. I don't say those as overly important. Those above I do. Fix any one of them and you will see improvements. In my opinion PF defense is the biggest.
Also, by fixing some of the above you will see the minutes issue (too many minutes for some) also begin to fix itself. Fix any of the above and it may help another. For example, getting the pick and roll working with Howard will likely help chemistry or vice versa.
Issues fixed already:
Turnovers (much improved)
Taking load off of Kobe handling the ball
Too many people looking at the record...hopefully the players are not this overly emotional.
Ok...it was another "encouraging loss" against the Clippers, but unless the Lakers can make a clear stand and deliver moment against the Rockets, Spurs, OKC, and then the Heat...you might as well put a fork in this team. It is best to start re-building for next season...dump the coach, dump the bloated salary, dump the old players, dump the malcontents, and start the process of putting a team on the floor that can compete with the much better run franchises of the NBA.
So basically Pau is a bad asset that the Lakers have to honor due to his prior achievements? If you know much about economics you cut your losses on bad asset.
Pau is like that 2nd mortgage on a house that has diminished in value. The bank knows they will never recoupe that money unless they take a settlement or short sale.
Greedy banks will always hope they can get their return by other means.
My point is the Lakers have a chance to settle via trade and be better for it or file for Bankruptcy by using the amnesty option. Hopefully they will short sale and get something that will help the team.