Thing is he was THE guy on the bench and was relegated to have to play two separate positions. He won't have as much responsibility as he had to have last year. Having Metta and Meeks on the bench right now makes his job a lot easier.
So his responsibility goes to what it always should have been.
Be a back up point guard. Facilitate among the wing, make good decisions on the drive and dish, use screens effectively and play PnR.
That's all stuff he's been asked to do his entire career and he plays it well as well as moving off the ball.
That's why D'antoni wanted him so bad.
He wasn't good when the Lakers had Shannon Brown to be the back-up SG. His first year, he didn't play much SG. I just don't see it. I don't see pick and roll greatly benefiting somebody who doesn't shoot or cut to the rim that well.
We'll see. D'Antoni is a miracle worker on offense, so he should at least improve some. My main point is that the Lakers need somebody very good as a back-up so that we don't need to play a 39 year old heavy minutes. They should have one of the best back-ups in the league.
Edited by Japago, December 27, 2012 - 08:34 PM.