Why so bad on defense?
No defensive coach...start there, buddy. If not, you're wasting everyone's time.
Long misses cause fast breaks we can't defend.
Partly true but not entirely. I've covered that.
Turnovers do the same thing.
Also a factor...but playing "pick-up" defense against NBA offenses kinda makes it HARD to play well or consistently on that end.
It's amazing that NOT HAVING A DEFENSIVE COACH isn't at the TOP of your reasons why we are playing bad defense...
Oh, I forgot again:
Nash SUCKS, Fire MDA. That's the answer for EVERYTHING, right?
We complain about fouls, and don't get back in time. We have absolutely no defensive strategy for guard penetration (leading guards to the paint or baseline, into Dwight) or for pick and roll situations (over/under, knowing when to switch, etc).
Duh...that's called not having a defensive coach...which is THE reason for our defensive struggles...
We have two weak links in our starting five (Nash, Gasol...basically, Pau is a starter, since he plays big minutes) and multiple from our bench (Jamison and Meeks notably horrible).
Nash SUCKS, Fire MDA.
We are old, but we TRY to play like we're young.
False. Covered ad naseum above.
In 2008 and 2010, the Boston Celtics were old...and played that way. Strategically. In 2011, the Dallas Mavericks did the same thing, and won it all.
Ok...but we aren't pushing the tempo. We aren't taking a lot of shots early in the shot clock. What are you trying to prove? (poorly, I might add)
The following year (just last year), the Miami Heat were old compared to a fresh, young Oklahoma City Thunder team...and, yet, they realized that LeBron's post game, spreading the floor with three-point shooters, and not allowing the Thunder to ignite breaks, was going to put a ring on their fingers.
OLD? LOL...those same 3pointers are the main reason for increased pace...yet for that reason, they played "older" than OKC?
And don't make me compare the ages of MIA's key players and OKC's...they are not nearly as far apart as you want to contend. What made the difference was the CHAMPIONSHIP and NBA FINALS experience of Wade and LBJ, not their ages (in reference to ability to run).
If we're playing without an identity, we are playing without effort.
We HAVE an identity. It's the vision of the coach.
KOBE is playing the way HE wants to play and IGNORING what the rest of the team and coach wants. MDA has said it. Nash has said it. Dwight has said it. Pau has said it. MWP has said it. I've said it. You ignore it. It's easier to ignore it than accept that Kobe-Ball is hurting the Lakers...
Nash Sucks, Fire MDA.
Rotations are broken.
They can't be fixed until the team consistently runs the offense. You can't figure out how to fix an engine by turning the key for half a second. You have to let it run for a little while, take readings and figure out what's working and what's not.
Once we get this team to COMMIT to the offense full time, we can start to find things that work and things that don't. It's not fair to ask ask a Lamborghini Mechanic to figure out how to fix proprietary FORD engines and tech overnight...that's what you're asking MDA to do.
Once we get this TEAM on the same page, adjustments can be made and rotations can be identified/solidified.
But, Nash SUCKS, Fire MDA.
How many minutes will Jodie Meeks log next game? Will Jamison play the three or four? Will Darius Morris or Chris Duhon be our backup point guard?
See above. The COACH is trying to ADJUST to the team we're PLAYING...that's a GOOD thing, especially since we are so inconsistent and LACK an identity to live by, stick to, force upon other teams.
The 2010-11 Miami Heat ran through this, head first, for 17 games...and then they decided to change their offense. Once they adjusted, they went 21-1 over their next 22 games.
And Riley told that team to COMMIT to Spoelstra because he wasn't going anywhere. And LBJ PASSES the ball. Wade PASSES the ball. The team had a LOT LESS to adjust to. They all wanted to play together from the START. That wasn't an obstacle like it is for the LAKERS and KOBE.
Everyone is talking about chemistry and sharing the ball. Wonder who they are talking about?
When Kobe PASSES, the Lakers WIN.
What would 21-1 do for us at this point? Do the math...38-26...64 games, 6th in the Western Conference.
And that's possible...If this team just buys into the coach's vision and trust the offense...
Unfortunately, the Lakers don't give us any indication that they are going to change, and it could be this way for the next three seasons.
No, my friend. Is KOBE going to change? I see indications that he KNOWS he should pass more.
Will that fix everything? Absolutely not. But will it be a MAJOR step in the right direction. AB-SO-LUTELY.
If we lose Dwight this year, we go into the 2013-14 season with roughly $59 million dedicated to JUST Kobe, Gasol and Nash. That's the salary cap, ladies and gents. No free agents for us. If our plan is to let Gasol expire after next season (which will be an unforgettable one, for all the wrong reasons), we will have a Kobe/Nash squad...and that's if Kobe decides to extend (and with how these next 1 1/2 seasons could go, he'd consider retirement). Nash will be months away from 41 years old in the fall of 2014. Think about that.
And the ONLY reason Dwight doesn't re-sign is Kobe Bean Bryant. Think about that.
Nash SUCKS, Fire MDA.
We have made multiple mistakes over the years, from giving away large contracts to a couple of coaches (who clearly didn't fit here) and trading away draft picks (and making bad picks), to keeping Pau Gasol until his knees rust away and playing four entirely different offenses from May 2012 to January 2013. Instead of building a solid team around our two superstars, we have asked our two superstars to adjust to a 39-year old point guard that is playing like he's 39 years old (imagine that).
Nash SUCKS, Fire MDA.
Do the Knicks center their offense around Jason Kidd, or Sheed in the post? Boston is under .500 because three of their best are 35-36 years old, and the offense runs through them (especially Pierce and Garnett). If it wasn't for Rondo, and the fact that they are familiar with each other, they would be a disaster.
Irrelevant if we start to play together now.
The Spurs have stacked young players around their two oldest (Duncan and Manu), and Duncan is having an incredible season, regardless.
And DUNCAN is one of the most unselfish players in NBA HISTORY. Ask Kobe to pass as much as Duncan or take a pay cut to give his franchise money to KEEP signing YOUNG players...
Kobe - 27.8 Mil/yer
Duncan - 9.6 Mil/year
So when you want to talk about other teams, realize that SACRIFICES were made to accomplish those things...not just "magic".
Dark times are ahead of us, if we don't play our cards right. As of now, our record in April isn't the biggest concern. Someone, whether it's Jerry or Jim, Mitch, or Jeanie reading from a hand-written note from one of them, needs to speak up and admit there have been crucial mistakes made to rebound from our preseason blunder, and with that recognition should come major changes as soon as possible.
Nash SUCKS, Fire MDA...
You could have summed up this entire post with those 4 words and saved us ALL a lot of time.
If not, we're heading in the same direction Boston is...but without a Rajon Rondo...and with the Clippers having the potential to rip away all of our free agent prospects, rebuilding may not be a pretty sight.
Only in your mind...
Wake up people. Don't just blindly follow this dude. He has his agenda and it has NOTHING to do with the "team" or what's best for the Lakers.
This team was built to play well together and not rely on any one player to carry the load. The Front office envisions good BASKETBALL being played, not kowtowing to a SuperStar. The COACH sees this team as being IMPOSSIBLE to guard because there is just too much firepower once they learn to share the ball. This TEAM is best when we IGNORE the stat sheet and play for each other.
That's the POSITIVE message Nash and Dwight keep trying to spread and it's the exact OPPOSITE message Kobe Zealots want you to hear. Forget pecking orders. Forget ISOLATIONS. Forget SUPerSTARS. Forget MVPs. We can make HISTORY by playing together, playing FOR each other.
That's where I stand. That's what I see. But for Real Deal, it's all: Nash SUCKS, Fire MDA...
Good luck with that, my friends. That's poison. Drink that KoolAid at your own peril.