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#1 G-Small

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Posted October 20, 2008 - 12:44 PM

I definitly don't want Luke starting, but I don't know if I feel good about Vlad starting either.

He can just play so lazily at times.

He's big so he can rebound, and he'll definitly stretch the floor, but his activity level game to game is suspect.

Phil should really consider just making Lamar the starting 3 and take advantage of the matchup problems he creates.

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Posted October 20, 2008 - 12:51 PM

We are going to need that 3 point threat in the game with Pau and Bynum clogging up the lanes. With Ariza and Walton we don't have that.

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Posted October 20, 2008 - 12:57 PM

I trust him. I never saw Vlad as lazy, just not that bright. He makes a lot of mental mistakes, and his defense is suspect, but I think he's the best choice for starting as long as Odom will lead the 2nd unit. He's really impressed me so far this pre-season. He's more aggressive on defense, and isn't just relying on his 3 point shot (which isn't too good as of yet, but I know it'll be there since that's his bread and butter). Especially now that our front court is more packed than ever, I expect everyone to bust their [expletive] out there to get playing time...even Luke.

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Posted October 20, 2008 - 12:59 PM

I trust him. I never saw Vlad as lazy, just not that bright. He makes a lot of mental mistakes, and his defense is suspect, but I think he's the best choice for starting as long as Odom will lead the 2nd unit. He's really impressed me so far this pre-season. He's more aggressive on defense, and isn't just relying on his 3 point shot (which isn't too good as of yet, but I know it'll be there since that's his bread and butter). Especially now that our front court is more packed than ever, I expect everyone to bust their [expletive] out there to get playing time...even Luke.



He just seems to take segments of games off, almost Lamar Odom like.

I don't see Luke doing anything but missing more time due to his ankles.

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Posted October 20, 2008 - 01:00 PM

When it comes to the triangle, Vlad is the obvious choice to start at the 3

Now on the other end, when he puts his mind to it, he can play good defense

Case in point: Carmelo in the first round

Vlad contested every shot, just hung with Melo on his jersey, didn't jump on his pump fakes and just played sound fundamental defense while moving his feet

he has shown flashes of playing like that, lets see if he can still do that this year

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Posted October 20, 2008 - 01:03 PM

Ariza is the next viable option, but he can't spread the floor like Vlad can. Plus, I'm absolutely loving the Farmar-Ariza 1-2 punch off the bench. These two are lighting it up out there.

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Posted October 20, 2008 - 01:13 PM

As much as I like Trev at the three, Vlad makes sense in the triangle. Vlad's game has impressed me this preseason... he just seems a lot less clueless... he's moving around a lot more and getting some easy cuts too.

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Posted October 20, 2008 - 01:18 PM

As much as I like Trev at the three, Vlad makes sense in the triangle. Vlad's game has impressed me this preseason... he just seems a lot less clueless... he's moving around a lot more and getting some easy cuts too.

definitely, and having Odom off the bench along with the duo of Ariza and Farmar gives us a great chance of extending the lead with the 2nd unit. Add Luke and Mihm in there and we've got a quick, energetic fivesome that can pass, score and play relatively good defense.

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Posted October 20, 2008 - 01:26 PM

I'm giving Vlad the benefit of the doubt. He has shown enough flashes in the past and has been impressive this pre-season.

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Posted October 20, 2008 - 01:34 PM

I think Vlad is best to start. He has the best 5 step dunk i've seen.
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Posted October 20, 2008 - 01:35 PM

when he puts his mind to it, he can play good defense

Case in point: Carmelo in the first round



WOW, that's a very excelent pont you made. He did play good defense on Melo.

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Posted October 20, 2008 - 02:42 PM

When it comes to the triangle, Vlad is the obvious choice to start at the 3

Now on the other end, when he puts his mind to it, he can play good defense

Case in point: Carmelo in the first round

Vlad contested every shot, just hung with Melo on his jersey, didn't jump on his pump fakes and just played sound fundamental defense while moving his feet

he has shown flashes of playing like that, lets see if he can still do that this year

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Posted October 20, 2008 - 03:11 PM

as of right now, yea, i do trust him. hes doing a great job right now. :wub:
hes great at both the defensive end AND the offensive end. hes becoming more active.. i love it!


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Posted October 20, 2008 - 03:17 PM

Ariza or vlad ftw

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Posted October 20, 2008 - 03:19 PM

I like Vlad starting at 3. Mainly since Odom is doing great off the bench. When Vladdy Daddy gets hot, he's deadly. But he cools down really quick usually by the time he gets subbed out/1st quarter. Let him start, but not finish.. lol. Get Odom with with the other starters and then interchange Bynum and Gasol. When Fish sits, we still have Farmar who gives energy and quickness.

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Posted October 20, 2008 - 04:23 PM

vlad or................luke. Luke brings a different element, and i dont care who hates him, i think he will be VITAL to the Lakers' chances
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Posted October 20, 2008 - 05:06 PM

He's the only 3pt shooter that I can trust to start at the 3 besides so many others, unless you throw Sasha at the 4 and Kobe at the 3.




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Posted October 20, 2008 - 05:26 PM

sasha at the 4, or the 2? :hmmm:
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Posted October 20, 2008 - 05:30 PM

We really needa shooter, cuz Fisher can't be the only one, the other team will have to focus on double teamin kobe and guarding the twin towers, so we need the 3 pt shooters floating behind the arc and knock the 3 down.

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Posted October 20, 2008 - 05:51 PM

its wierd how farmar was saying how well the second unit plays together and they know thier strenths well that unit consists of farmar luke ariza odom and mihm i wonder how sasha will get any minutes




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