Is Kurt Rambis going to change the fact that this team can't play defense? I doubt it.
Nash: never played defense in his life and now he's 40.
Kobe: 35, coming off surgery, and we all saw him last year and EVERYONE was complaining about his lack of effort defensively. He wasn't closing out on shooters at all. He can dig in for one or two key possessions and be a solid defender, but not much more than that.
Pau: can barely run back. He can't defend pick and roll and teams know that, and they exploit it.
I've seen people comparing our team to the Spurs.
First, defense is the entire reason Rambis was hired.
And as he's stated his defensive schemes and drills won't have to do with a singular defensive stopper.
He made a great point about us having a great one in Dwight but still sucking defensively cause there was no cohesion or team defense or stopping the ball with 5 guys. That is the philosophy he'll bring, us being able to cover each other's backs and using all 5 guys to stop the ball together.
That's what Rambis brings.
And people compare the way our team is constructed to how the Spurs did theirs, as in their 2 or 3 main veterans surrounded by youth and athleticism and system players.
The only one that breaks the system player mold is Young.
Secondly, Pau will be playing center, it won't be on him to chase down guards from the forward position anymore, that's Hill's job as Gasol's is to switch to meet them at the rim and Hill's job is to switch oFf and stop the guy the pass goes to after Gasol rotates.
Gasol can no longer switch off and stop the guy the pass goes to at the 4, but he can switch to defend at the 5 and it requires less footwork by him as he'll usually be at the rim first. What happens is our switches off the hedge become faster cause it's Hill doing them as the forward, not Gasol, that helps a lot.
Another good aspect Rambis mentions that will help us play good defense, is proper spacing on offense. That is very overlooked, when our spacing isn't screwed and we get up good shots it allows less fast break opportunities for our opponents, having a good offense set in the half court allows us more opportunity to leak out after shots to prevent being run on, an issue we dealt with far too much last year.
We also have a deeper bench which is two extras deep at point guard and shooting guard, thus saving Kobe and Nash's legs, especially on back to backs.
There's a lot of good with how the team is built thus far. I hope Rambis is able to help us with that(team defense)