Lakers News: Kurt Rambis Wants To Make Lakers A Top Defensive Team
Last week the Lakers hired Kurt Rambis to become a part of the coaching staff. Rambis spent many years as an assistant under Phil Jackson and his main focus was on the defensive end of the floor. In an interview with Eric Pincus, Rambis spoke about the challenge of turning the Lakers into a top defensive team.
“That’s going to be our challenge, is to make it a good defensive team,” said Rambis. “Even if you had Metta and you had Dwight on your team, you saw from last year … it still doesn’t mean the defense is any good, just because you’ve got a couple of good defensive guys out there. It all comes down to five guys who are willing to make those sacrifices.”
Not only did Rambis lose two former defensive players of the year, but he lost two guys who showed up on all of the Lakers best defensive five-man rotations.
Of the Lakers Top 10 five-man defensive rotations, either Metta World Peace or Dwight Howard were a part of eight of them and six of the top 10 — including the top three — featured both World Peace and Howard.
It’s not a secret, Rambis is going to have his work cut out for him as the Lakers exercised a plethora of bad habits on the defensive end — and were subject to flaws that weren’t correctable.
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Gotta say I love all this "defense" talk I've been hearing lately
Edited by Majesty, August 04, 2013 - 03:31 PM.