Good to hear young wants to prove a lot of people wrong. Hopefully not just him but from everyone else as well.
He ain't the only one, a lot of our young guys have sounded off recently
Wesley Johnson (referring to if he's happy about the new ESPN rankings)
Damn dey said that?!??
Ranked 12th?!? In the west?!?
Another from Young
GTFOH 12th that's crazy talk
You see... when you have a team as talented as we are in terms of potential, the worst thing you could do is motivate them to work even harder to prove you wrong and come into the season with a chip on their shoulder.
Last year when everyone was kissing our butt before the season even started a lot of our players came into last season(except Kobe, Metta and Nash) expecting to be carried to a championship.
The thing is, we played like it. Maybe even Dwight's demeanor of non urgency in the locker room of "everything will be alright, rome wasn't built in a day. Let's try ti prank Kobe during the intro's" had something to do with that too.
This season however you got a lot of talent coming in with something to prove already, but then getting ranked 12th in the west seems to have fueled them even more. They aren't coming out this year expected to win a championship, they are coming out with something to prove. All those "big efforts" everyone saved for the Lakers, maybe MAYBE we'll see the Lakers playing that way instead, cause everyone's counting them out. You got Nick Young with something to prove, Wesley Johnson with something to prove, Jordan Hill pissed off, Pau Gasol doing 3 a days and being fully dedicated, Nash is Nash and Kobe is Kobe but the guys we need to step up this year are those young guys we brought in, Hill, Young and Johnson, we need big seasons from them.
So if those three start the season wit ha chip on their shoulder and can actually get on the same wavelength with Kobe(like that 09 team did after the Celtics humiliated them) we may do some damage.
Not saying we'll make a run at a championship, but we'll do some damage, the damage not a lot of people expect from us. We're probably one of the deepest teams in the league and in terms of "potential" and bench and the ceiling of that is pretty good, the problem is a lot of our talent(Johnson, Young) had the tendency to be half and half or not at all sometimes. If they come in with a chip, then I would hope we get the best out of them. We play with a chip on our shoulder this year, then I think we can be the 5th or 6th seed depending on how other teams are looking. The reason I don't go higher is because I expect the top 4 teams in the league to be. OKC, SA, LAC, GSW in no particular order. Lakers can be right there if we play with a chip on our shoulders this year.
Above everything else I want to see three things.
I want to see
Good to Great Health from everyone on our roster(a healthy season)
And if we're playing well I want to see CONSISTENCY.
And the third thing I want to see is EFFORT every single night.
We give those three things, this team is talented enough to win 45 games. Anything above that comes down to those 3 things.
Edited by Majesty, August 16, 2013 - 01:27 AM.