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    Lakers recreating LeBron/DWade Miami Heat

    Once the Lakers brought in former Miami assistant coach David Fizdale to replace Jason Kidd on the coaching staff, it was clear this would be the direction they were headed in.


    Four things must happen if the Lakers are to successfully reinvent themselves in Miami’s image.

    Anthony Davis must move to center like Chris Bosh

    Russell Westbrook must accept a secondary role like Dwyane Wade

    LeBron James must be the LeBron James of old

    Veterans such as Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza, and Wayne Ellington must shoot around 40% from three-point range this season

    Anthony Davis has bulked up.

    Russell Westbrook changed his shot (for the better). His release point is now lower so he can get more arc on his shot. More arc means there will be a more consistent trajectory on his shot.

    LeBron has slimmed down according to*Pelinka.*Per Pelinka, LeBron’s weight loss is intended*to preserve his overall longevity.
    LeBron’s decision to slim down this offseason will also extend his playing career. Less weight means there is less pressure on the joints, bones, and muscles to perform optimally.
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    After a disappointing first-round playoff exit last season, the*Los Angeles Lakers*and LeBron James are looking to the past for their future success. Not just because the Lakers are older than any other NBA team.

    But because the Lakers are following the same blueprint that got LeBron his first championship while he was on the*Miami Heat.*Like the Lakers going into this season, Miami had a disappointing season 10 years ago, losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals.

    That offseason, there was a lockout as the NBA and the Players Association were negotiating a new CBA.*While the lockout took place, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra*paid a visit to then-Oregon football coach Chip Kelly.*Spoelstra was impressed at Kelly’s innovative no-huddle spread offense, which mostly defines college football today.

    Spoelstra then adapted Kelly’s offense to the basketball court, dubbing the new Miami offense “pace and space” in an effort to maximize the talents of LeBron, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.

    The changes were drastic. That season, LeBron and Wade both moved from the wing to co-piloting the offense as the primary ball-handlers. Chris Bosh moved from power forward to center. Miami added three-point specialists Ray Allen and Shane Battier to surround the LeBron-Wade-Bosh trio in crunch time.

    They also implemented a hyper-aggressive, switch-everything defense with LeBron and Bosh being able to switch onto opposing guards on all ball screens.*This highlight montage*goes to show how difficult it was to score on their defense when LeBron was locked in.

    The end result: Miami won two straight championships in 2012 and 2013. Ultimately, Miami’s success helped create the “position-less” brand of basketball that defines the game today.

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    Maybe so but the player that is going to probably be show cased this year is AD. He will be the #1 option this year. Lebron will pick his spots but he will be #3 option. He might close out games or play well in nationally televised games or something.

    Glad Russ changed his shot. Hope he has enough muscle memory that his shot will stay consistent. He starts shooting at a respectable clip, then they will be unguardable.

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    Lakers are trying to recreate themselves to be more like the Showtime Lakers of the 1980s with Russ being like Magic, LeBron being like Kareem and AD being like Worthy or do I have it the other way around with LeBron being like Worthy and AD being like Kareem? I don't know but the similarities you can make though despite everything

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tg11 View Post
    Lakers are trying to recreate themselves to be more like the Showtime Lakers of the 1980s with Russ being like Magic, LeBron being like Kareem and AD being like Worthy or do I have it the other way around with LeBron being like Worthy and AD being like Kareem? I don't know but the similarities you can make though despite everything
    What!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteShadow42 View Post
    Maybe so but the player that is going to probably be show cased this year is AD. He will be the #1 option this year. Lebron will pick his spots but he will be #3 option. He might close out games or play well in nationally televised games or something.

    Glad Russ changed his shot. Hope he has enough muscle memory that his shot will stay consistent. He starts shooting at a respectable clip, then they will be unguardable.
    I don’t think there is a snowballs chance that Lebron is a 3rd option. Also your statement “or play well on televised games”. Bron will ball out night in and night out as always. If he stays healthy he will challenge for mvp just because he’s that good, not because he’s trying to be mvp. Every year for like 17 years he’s in the mvp discussion. That’s just what he is and is going to be. A straight undeniable machine that has the physical and mental combination to just be better than everyone else. The Bron we saw after the injury, is not the Bron I expect to see at the start of the season. I still think he’s got at least one more season of mvp basketball in him…maybe 3 more, but I def think he’s still got what it takes for this season to be argued the best player in the nba legitimately
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteShadow42 View Post
    What!?
    Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by IKnowHoops View Post
    I don’t think there is a snowballs chance that Lebron is a 3rd option. Also your statement “or play well on televised games”. Bron will ball out night in and night out as always. If he stays healthy he will challenge for mvp just because he’s that good, not because he’s trying to be mvp. Every year for like 17 years he’s in the mvp discussion. That’s just what he is and is going to be. A straight undeniable machine that has the physical and mental combination to just be better than everyone else. The Bron we saw after the injury, is not the Bron I expect to see at the start of the season. I still think he’s got at least one more season of mvp basketball in him…maybe 3 more, but I def think he’s still got what it takes for this season to be argued the best player in the nba legitimately
    ok. Let's just say this. He HAS to be the number 3 option during the regular season. He is more needed for the playoffs. He is the difference maker for us. If he thinks he can carry a team as the number 1 option during a whole season, then we are looking at another injury. He should not average more than 30 minutes a game. Neither should Russ and AD. We have a very deep team. Nunn and Monk are more than capable at going against other starting lineups. Especially Nunn. He is legit. Still can't believe we got him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteShadow42 View Post
    ok. Let's just say this. He HAS to be the number 3 option during the regular season. He is more needed for the playoffs. He is the difference maker for us. If he thinks he can carry a team as the number 1 option during a whole season, then we are looking at another injury. He should not average more than 30 minutes a game. Neither should Russ and AD. We have a very deep team. Nunn and Monk are more than capable at going against other starting lineups. Especially Nunn. He is legit. Still can't believe we got him.
    True, both are steals, and like THT can't be overlooked, they will produce, our HOF's should be kept fresh for crucial moments in the playoffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron24th View Post
    True, both are steals, and like THT can't be overlooked, they will produce, our HOF's should be kept fresh for crucial moments in the playoffs.
    lullz. I forgot about THT. He is legit also. Nunn is like a poor man's Westbrook. He goes to the hole with aggression. I remember last year he was a little soft and Spo told him to go more to the hole and his numbers totally changed. I really liked watching that Miami team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteShadow42 View Post
    ok. Let's just say this. He HAS to be the number 3 option during the regular season. He is more needed for the playoffs. He is the difference maker for us. If he thinks he can carry a team as the number 1 option during a whole season, then we are looking at another injury. He should not average more than 30 minutes a game. Neither should Russ and AD. We have a very deep team. Nunn and Monk are more than capable at going against other starting lineups. Especially Nunn. He is legit. Still can't believe we got him.
    I see you…but on this team, even as a first option, he shouldn’t have to carry this team with the talent and depth they have

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteShadow42 View Post
    lullz. I forgot about THT. He is legit also. Nunn is like a poor man's Westbrook. He goes to the hole with aggression. I remember last year he was a little soft and Spo told him to go more to the hole and his numbers totally changed. I really liked watching that Miami team.
    Agreed and he torched us every time we met Miami when he got PT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IKnowHoops View Post
    I don’t think there is a snowballs chance that Lebron is a 3rd option. Also your statement “or play well on televised games”. Bron will ball out night in and night out as always. If he stays healthy he will challenge for mvp just because he’s that good, not because he’s trying to be mvp. Every year for like 17 years he’s in the mvp discussion. That’s just what he is and is going to be. A straight undeniable machine that has the physical and mental combination to just be better than everyone else. The Bron we saw after the injury, is not the Bron I expect to see at the start of the season. I still think he’s got at least one more season of mvp basketball in him…maybe 3 more, but I def think he’s still got what it takes for this season to be argued the best player in the nba legitimately
    Hasn't had a legitimate case for being the best player in the league since about 2017 (imo). He's had a good case for being top 5 though the last two seasons (not in 2019 though) and he was definitely an MVP caliber player during those seasons (2018 as well). I'd say there's a better chance of him being the 3rd best player on this team than there is of him being the best player in the league this year. B-ball is a young man's game and even though LBJ is the most durable player ever, I think Giannis is solidly positioned in the role of the best player now and then probably KD.

    It's pretty optimistic to expect LBJ to do what he's been doing on a nightly basis at his age and there's really no need for him to do that on this team so I don't think it's wise to put that kind of load on him. The goal is a championship and so there's no need to put undue strain on guys during the regular season. This team has three legitimate superstar caliber players and we need to use that to conserve everyone. I agree that LBJ can play at that level, but the risk of injury is too high to have him do that nightly. The smart play is to allow the younger guys to carry the heavier load during the season and then come playoff time empty the tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Moves03 View Post
    Hasn't had a legitimate case for being the best player in the league since about 2017 (imo). He's had a good case for being top 5 though the last two seasons (not in 2019 though) and he was definitely an MVP caliber player during those seasons (2018 as well). I'd say there's a better chance of him being the 3rd best player on this team than there is of him being the best player in the league this year. B-ball is a young man's game and even though LBJ is the most durable player ever, I think Giannis is solidly positioned in the role of the best player now and then probably KD.

    It's pretty optimistic to expect LBJ to do what he's been doing on a nightly basis at his age and there's really no need for him to do that on this team so I don't think it's wise to put that kind of load on him. The goal is a championship and so there's no need to put undue strain on guys during the regular season. This team has three legitimate superstar caliber players and we need to use that to conserve everyone. I agree that LBJ can play at that level, but the risk of injury is too high to have him do that nightly. The smart play is to allow the younger guys to carry the heavier load during the season and then come playoff time empty the tank.
    Well said brother. Well said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteShadow42 View Post
    Well said brother. Well said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Moves03 View Post
    Hasn't had a legitimate case for being the best player in the league since about 2017 (imo). He's had a good case for being top 5 though the last two seasons (not in 2019 though) and he was definitely an MVP caliber player during those seasons (2018 as well). I'd say there's a better chance of him being the 3rd best player on this team than there is of him being the best player in the league this year. B-ball is a young man's game and even though LBJ is the most durable player ever, I think Giannis is solidly positioned in the role of the best player now and then probably KD.

    It's pretty optimistic to expect LBJ to do what he's been doing on a nightly basis at his age and there's really no need for him to do that on this team so I don't think it's wise to put that kind of load on him. The goal is a championship and so there's no need to put undue strain on guys during the regular season. This team has three legitimate superstar caliber players and we need to use that to conserve everyone. I agree that LBJ can play at that level, but the risk of injury is too high to have him do that nightly. The smart play is to allow the younger guys to carry the heavier load during the season and then come playoff time empty the tank.
    The year the Lakers won, he def was arguable the best player in the nba, Giannis even said Lebron was the best that year. Now whether you had 2/3/4 that’s on you, but he def had an argument for that year.

    And lol, there’s a better chance that he’s the 3rd best player in the league than the 3rd best player on this team.

    Bron will cruise control his way to 25/7/7 on incredible efficiency and be the best player in the team.
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