Posted October 02, 2012 - 03:02 PM
well defense is pretty much irrelevant if you dont box out on the def boards. they get too used to just being taller and going after boards for themselves instead of keeping the opposition out of position. okc was a perfect example of how that mentality can go wrong. ron was about the only one to body people up when he was down low.
as far as what happens before that, defense is a team game. if were talking just pau and bynum, id put more of it on drew since his d has gotten worse and pau looked to give more effort t han drew even though he loafed around enough himself.
conversely , if everyone else played sound d, they would have looked much better. but, to their credit, neither are built to defend the pick and roll and their offense surely didnt help their defense. luckily their length bails them out some of the time.
Abdul-Jabbar told the San Francisco Chronicle last month he met Howard only once and that Howard expressed an interest in learning from the former Lakers captain but he never again reached out to Abdul-Jabbar.
‘He’s charming, he’s charismatic, very nice young man,’ Abdul-Jabbar said. ‘Maturity-wise, he doesn’t get it.’