Posted September 08, 2009 - 05:44 PM
Eric Pincus's excellent reply to someone's excellent question:
Q: Many Lakers fans can't stand Jordan Farmar, Sasha Vujacic and Luke Walton. How do you feel about these rotation players from the defending World Champion Lakers and how do you think they will perform this upcoming season?
A: I don't know if you speak for all Laker fans but I do get a lot of antipathy towards the trio. I don't think Walton deserved it this past year - he was a valuable contributor to a championship team.
Vujacic was downright bad this year. His defense wasn't as sharp and his shot was errant. Farmar lacked discipline, often neglecting to run the offense.
In the end, the Lakers won it all and have a reasonable opportunity to repeat. I understand that many fans go to extremes (they're "fanatics" remember) but I would also hope they remember this is a team game where the whole is greater than the individual pieces.
If Walton gave the same output next year as he did this past one, the team would be grateful. If Vujacic can get his shot back, the Lakers even more dangerous.
Farmar - who, by the way recently changed his jersey number to "1" - is eager to prove his individual talents in a system that doesn't really cater to that. That may not work if he's not willing to defer to team.
We shall see soon enough! Thanks again . . .
PJ: "I think Ron's going to be a really big addition to this team."