CDR plays with no energy and plays like he doesn't care... It's starting to show more and more... I hope when preseason starts he will be playing better
Actually CDR is playing the role he'd have on the team. A role player that does the little things and looks to set up his teammates and tries to score when the D gives it to him.
He explained pretty much in that podcast that he has to play what his role would realistically be, and he said he understands that Lakers fans that back him expect him to go out there and score 30 but that if he made the team D'antoni's never gonna walk up to him and when he puts him in the game say "CDR go score 30" he said so he had to be realistic with himself as to what his role would be if he made the team. And he is playing exactly what that role would be, a roleplayer who does the intangible things.
It's not that he doesn't care, he just understands what his role would be on the team and is playing for that.
A lot of people come into the summer league without what their defined role would be on a team so they go for what they know, and that's scoring, the thing is sometimes teams aren't looking for someone that can just score.
He's doing precisely what he should be doing, he's playing exactly how D'antoni would ask him to play when he came off the bench and that's what the Lakers are looking for at that backup 3 position. He ain't gonna be a 30 point off the bench guy for us if he makes the team, he'll be asked to find his teammates, score when the defense gives him an opening and not playing outside of the offense or his role.
Makes a lot of sense if you think about it.
It's funny how when he was talking to Mike Trudell about this yesterday he said he was worried cause he wanted the fans to understand how he's approaching this cause he knows they expect him to come out and score 30-40 every game and dominate everyone. And Mike Trudell was going "Come on CDR no they aren't" and CDR laughed and said "Yes they are!"
it's true But most people I think by now understand what he's doing.
Besides this summer league is a bit different, it's not the "forget your teammates and just try to shine cause the games mean nothing" summer league.
This is actually team based.
People that play outside of the offense, try too hard to create for themselves and leave their teammates out to dry likely won't make it. You gotta understand what your team is looking for this time around to make the team. I like this summer league a LOT better than previous years because of that.