I thought I made that clear in one of my other posts, but I guess not.
Using your "eye test" method...it's obvious that Dwight helps with Gasol's man, and our PG assignments that drive the lane. This is a fact. Kobe and Artest are the two best perimeter defenders on the team, so they are asked to fend for themselves. This is usually the case with all defensive anchors; in Detroit, Billups and Prince didn't need the help that Hamilton and an older Sheed did. When you went to look at Rip Hamilton's defensive numbers, they didn't seem so bad. Billups, however, was putting up good numbers most of his career, so it didn't matter.
Same with Ray Allen in Boston. He needed the defensive help from Garnett. Are you willing to say that Rondo's defensive numbers could be because of Garnett's presence, just because he's in the game and your "eye test" shows him there?
Being able to direct your assignment to one particular area of the court is not as easy as people think. It's extremely hard, especially when you're getting hit with screens constantly.
I've re-watched maybe six games of ours this season (all losses, I purposely do this). Go see how many times Kobe is hit with a screen.
In fact, specifically...the Orlando Magic game...go watch us blow that lead, or start at the last five minutes of the game. You'll see exactly why our defense has trouble every now and then. No communication.
Again, we are a top defensive team in the NBA. We just don't sustain it, and I pointed out why in yet another post.
You're arguing against Toronto Raptors fans, then...and I'm definitely not going to take your word for it, nor would I take mine if I were watching "some of Toronto's games" versus die-hard Raptors fans (and one of the most intelligent Raptors fans I know, posting on my site) saying that Bargnani and Calderon are matadors.
Not sure what else to tell you. Believe what you want.
Kobe gets hit with screens...yes. But he's always so far away from his man that even if he didn't get hit with the screen, he'd be too far out of position to recover. He's playing lazy defense and NO COACH in the WORLD would design that scheme. Nor have they. Kobe's playing centerfield instead of just staying home with his man.
He has the best defensive player in the last 15 years on his team as an anchor? WHY is he playing in the middle of the court, watching the ball instead of allowing Dwight to do what he does best? He's not doing that as a "scheme". Why is it "communication" that's the problem when KOBE is not playing defense? What kind of communication does he need to play 1-on-1?
If he was TRULY getting screened out of the play, he'd be chasing his man all over the floor. Then he could fight OVER the screens and depend on the HELP to stop penetration. But he's not doing that either. His man is routinely getting open for WIDE OPEN looks because Kobe isn't even in the same area code.
His teammates aren't supposed to call out screens for him when he's not even on his man...that doesn't make sense!!!!!!!
And if his teammates switch, Kobe yells at them because Kobe's not going to be able to guard their man...why? Because Kobe wasn't paying attention in the first place! Not only that, Kobe can't defend most post players (4/5) so that's a stupid and unnecessary switch!
As far as Bargs, for 10M, he's not doing any worse defensively than Pau...and his knees aren't 32y/o. Raptors fans? That's your eye test evidence? I can promise you that I have a better eye than >90% fans. You don't have to take my word for it. Look back and see how many times I've called something out to have a player or coach come right back the next day or next week to say the same exact thing. I don't look at games from a fan's POV. I'm always in coach mode. That's why I'm grounded when it comes to wins and losses. I supported Brown on principle until he started doing stupid stuff...I knew that was going to get him fired. I knew when he couldn't motivate them, he was gone. When he started forcing the issue, he was gone. When Pau wasn't helping on D, I knew that was going to be a problem. When Kobe started sucking on D, I knew that was going to be a problem. When Dwight wasn't near 100%, I knew we'd suck defensively. When Morris played better, we were more efficient on offense. All of these things are common sense but most people don't see them as soon as they pop up because they are blinded by bias.
You have a certain bias against Bargs. I get it. I have the same bias against Bosh. I do NOT under any circumstances want Chris Bosh on the Lakers. The difference is I won't argue against Bosh if it's a good trade for the Lakers...I will say I don't want him. I will say he's a creampuff that should never earn more than 10M/y at most. I will say that he deserves his on lingerie line. I don't like him.
If there was a trade out there that made sense for the Lakers, I won't argue against it.
I expect the same from you. This trade makes sense financially and strategically. Pau goes out of the West. We land a legit stretch 4. We gain a 10M expiring contract and a good backup PG. I don't see the problem.
As older, more experienced posters, we have a responsibility to not let our bias negatively affect good discussion. If you took a step back and looked at things objectively, I'm sure you'd agree that this trade is not nearly as bad as it's being presented...mainly by you.