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WILL THE LAKERS PLAY DEFENSE?!?


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#21 lyk13

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Posted September 13, 2008 - 01:40 AM

Kobe should preach Defense like what he did in Team USA...




#22 Jonny

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Posted September 13, 2008 - 03:02 AM

Kobe and Bynum, thats what it's going to come down to. if Kobe can afford to commit 100% on the defensive end, and Bynum can return to preinjury form, we'll be a great defensive team. Gasol is, believe it or not, a good defender at the PF position. and Lamar is an Adequate defender at the SF. Fisher is also an adequate defender at the PG position.

off the bench, we can count on defensive players like Sasha, Ariza, Powell, and Mihm (help defense mostly) as well as hopefully Farmar.

it'll all start with Kobe and Bynum. if they can provide the same defensive intensity that Duncan/Bowen bring, then we have a defensive core we can build around.
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Posted September 13, 2008 - 03:12 AM

I dont know about you guys, I would love to have an OFFENSE that no defense can stop. I mean scoring at least 135pts per game, high FG%, high scoring bench, a team who has a showtime type transition game with a dominant half court game.


Maybe its just me!

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oh Sasha!

#24 Jonny

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Posted September 13, 2008 - 03:18 AM

its just you, no offense in the last 10 years has even come close to averaging 120 a game, let alone 135 a game.

it simply isn't a feasible goal.

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#25 ogarte24

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Posted September 13, 2008 - 05:14 AM

I dont know about you guys, I would love to have an OFFENSE that no defense can stop. I mean scoring at least 135pts per game, high FG%, high scoring bench, a team who has a showtime type transition game with a dominant half court game.


Maybe its just me!

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funny. what the . . . even the show time lakers of magic couldn't have done it winning five world titles if it wasn't for their toughness and defense. they are able to match the Celtics' and Pistons' physicality and that's why they are one of the greatest dynasties in any era.

yeah . . . I think the problem is Phil Jackson. He never preached defense to his teams. Not even to the Bulls. The Bulls simply had naturally good defensive players that's why they were always always on the top 7 on that category. But if Phil stressed it to his great Bulls teams back then, they would have wounded up being the top defensive team in all of those six years of basketball supremacy. Jackson should stop being offense-oriented and instead begin stressing toughness, rebounding and defense! defense! defense!!!!

#26 ogarte24

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Posted September 13, 2008 - 05:16 AM

Like it or not, Phil Jackson is lacking on defense!!!!

Bring in Greg Popovich as assistant coach and this Lakers unit would be number 1 and would fry the Celtics on their own cooking oil in four games of the NBA Finals.

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Posted September 17, 2008 - 06:16 PM

An anchor covers many sins. With Bynum's return the too slow 1's can funnel and the backcourt can be more aggressive in going for steals and deflections. In Kobe's case that may not be a good thing as it allows him to overplay for steals, play rover and abandon his man even more. In Fisher's case it's a godsend. Too slow to stay in front of anyone under 30 he can now play for steals and funnel.

Bynum also makes it easier for Jackson. Schemes and roles are simplified. Jackson will still need to work on pick and roll and rotation. He still won't and they'll just have to live with the Jackson kryptonite.

The defense will definitely improve, the danger is an overdependence on Bynum. When he sits and Gasol moves to 5 the same schemes won't work. Therefore I think they'll need to up the tempo when Pau slides down to 5.

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Posted September 17, 2008 - 07:15 PM

^Agree 100%

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