The Lakers have problems because we're old, and don't have a top 5-10 NBA player on the court. It's a transition year, we'll have the positives and negatives, but every squad needs to revamp regardless of how successful they've been throughout history.
Shocked Nick is already making breakdowns of two teams that have like 8 new players a piece and in the Clippers case an entirely new coaching staff+system. Even the Heat of 2010 who had better players started the season off rough under similar circumstances, so why wouldn't a team like the Clippers?
All he really highlighted was Blake's awkward post footwork and the nonstop defensive breakdowns of the team. One is a chemistry issue and another is a player not being a finished product issue. No need to keep beating these things to death. I would love Blake to already be refined and a complete player, trust me. But these things take time. I would also love if just from training camp and preseason our entirely new offense and defense was smooth, but that's not how it works.
Honestly it's just 1 game, let's come back and see where the clippers are after at mid-season
I didn't realize how bad of a rebounding trio we have on the perimeter, puts more pressure on our bigs but Blake hasn't been rebounding well in awhile. I rarely question his effort but he looked pitiful on both ends last night. Its one thing not to know the system but to not get the fundamentals down is pretty worrisome. I agree with Simmons when he says this is probably his put up or shut up year, if we see no growth then I can see us moving him for Love (if Love expresses displeasure in Minny that is)
I agree Blake's lack of effort sometimes is upsetting. He never stopped hustling as a rookie. Love for Griffin swap would benefit both teams if he doesn't make the jump.
He also highlighted Blake's tendency to pause when he should attack, his poor footwork on defense. **** we've been pining about for awhile.All he really highlighted was Blake's awkward post footwork and the nonstop defensive breakdowns of the team.
Why not? So long as it remains true in the game he is breaking down, he should point it out. As I would expect him to point it out when Blake has a great game with great fundamentals.One is a chemistry issue and another is a player not being a finished product issue. No need to keep beating these things to death.
Not true, these things dont always take time, but yes we shouldn't rush to any conclusion this early. Its about how much time it takes that matters, this is Blakes 4th year now (with the added benefit of observing the game for a year), after an improved stroke last year, that hitch in his jumper is back. He didn't space the floor correctly and he didn't shrink it on the other end well enough. Hes always had awkward footwork, sometimes it looks beautiful but we should be seeing more fundamental moves by now.I would love Blake to already be refined and a complete player, trust me. But these things take time. I would also love if just from training camp and preseason our entirely new offense and defense was smooth, but that's not how it works.
He went all in on Young
Oh and Dudley was AWFUL. Really hope his intangible worth is still in tact, when it comes to guys who dont really put up stats but make their imprint on the instangibles/defensive end, its abit harder to realize when they decline.
Although I do admit given that this is the first summer he had to really work, I'm surprised he hasn't seemed to improve MORE. I mean why can Ibaka go out one summer and develop a great midrange shot but Blake can't? Both had no shot at all coming in. The only thing that really makes me mad in those videos about Blake is him relaxing on D and giving half *** effort help, especially when in the first few games of preseason he was so damn good defensively. It's not a lack of skill, it's a lack of toughness and effort. Also not a fan of him always in position to run back for the highlight dunk instead of getting the damn rebound/stop.
Dudley has been disappointing for sure. Redick on the other hand has been a great fit. We may need to start Barnes over Dudley once he gets back into shape.
The jump better come soon, at what point do you stop giving the "it takes time routine"?
PS I love how you send me footage of Coach Nick breaking down our preseason offense but bash him when the real game starts.
I agree the clock is ticking for Blake. I usually give a player 4-5 years... and this is year 4 for Blake. So if he doesn't take the jump this year I'm going to become doubtful he ever will and if by next year he doesn't... I'll pretty much be on the trade him boat, despite how much I love the guy personally. We just can't wait 6 or 7 years for him to find the mental toughness and fire again that he had rookie year.