Not a single team in NBA are scared of the lakers because a little motivation they got. Lol. This is not like a movie that all it takes is for the coach to say some speech that will inspire our team. lol.
If a little trash talk from Matt Barnes will make this team better because they feel motivated then you also have to use that same logic to other teams. imagine how good Dwight Howard would be since he got so much hate this season. Thousands of butthurt laker fans would always tweet him about not getting a ring and that he's scared of the bright lights blah blah blah. lol. Oh Btw A lot of people are also doubting Greg Oden making a successful comeback we better watch out because he is going to be playing with a chip in his shoulder. LOLOLOOOLOOLOLOLOLOLOL.
If we get enough motivation points we might become the 8th best team in the West. Lol. Come on guys lets keep trash talking to Nick Young's instagram so he'll get enough motivation points that he'll become as good as MJ.
Dwight Howard didn't want to be here and the trash talk that he did endure from the likes of Shaq effected him. He forwent anything he was good at and decided he wanted to become a primary post player and ignoring pick and roll. Words effected him because of his mentality. Kobe intimidated him with his expectations and ability to get on him when he was slacking. If you think he didn't you're lying to yourself. Dwight couldn't handle it. To act like the talk didn't effect him is silly, he just dealt with it in a way of running instead of shutting them up. It's funny because he spent so much time trying to "NOT" be perceived as LeBron was. Now I think he's perceived worse. It also isn't in Dwight's mentality to not play with an edge. This has been obvious for years.
Some players have different mentalities.
You trash talk Dwight over and over again he's gonna react a certain way, if this year is any evidence it won't be with an "edge". Particularly if he doesn't want to be here anyway.
Whereas you trash talk someone like Westbrook, he's going to try to drop 40 on you and destroy you.
Different mentality different players.
People doubting Greg Oden matters very little as it isn't Oden's work ethic that's the problem it's his health or rather inability to stay healthy.
Nick Young though has a different mentality and his potential in terms of what his talent is had never been reached. His issue always seemed to be at times how motivated or engaged he was, as well as consistent. A lot of people feel if he ever found consistency he'd be a much better player than he is. Kobe already said that the kid has the "gene" in him and has his potential, which is a HUGE compliment from Kobe. Nick Young's problem has always been staying engaged and motivated on the court.
If Young is already pissed coming into this season because he felt disrespected, he was more so after the ESPN ranking, and now he's got opposing players from other teams blowing up and trolling his IG.
To say that these kind of things don't add fire to what was already there is silly. And it's something a player like Nick Young can benefit from having.
Wesley Johnson is the same kind of way in terms of his problem being his assertiveness as well as once again remaining consistent and engaged. He played the second half of the season with much more confidence and motivation and wants to prove himself. There's a reason he reposted that tweet from Barnes.
Jordan Hill has something to prove as well and is coming into this season to prove that.
You see.. the game is psychological as well. When you look at players like Nick Young, Wesley Johnson etc you find where their problems lay in terms of inconsistency, or asserting themselves or staying engaged.
Playing with a chip on your shoulder keeps you engaged and assertive which is one or the others biggest issue.
Not only that but a lot of the Lakers are taking this summer very seriously and are working extremely hard to have a bounceback year.
From Kobe to Pau to Hill to Nash to Young to Johnson to Meeks to everyone, they ALL feel like they have something to prove and were already motivated when they got here. This kind of stuff, being disrespected by other teams, peers, etc just adds fuel to the fire or an already motivated team.
So to wonder if it motivates them further. Yes it does. But that doesn't mean they weren't already driven. And if we are having Nick Young and Wesley Johnson this year, a motivated focused and engaged version of both of them are the ones I want to see. They are already motivated and working hard to bounce back. This kind of stuff just adds fuel to an already burning fire and I'm happy about that.
Matt Barnes talking trash on IG isn't gonna push them to being a championship contender, but it's just another example of how the rest of the league perceives them.
Stuff like that can actually work towards bringing a team closer together ESPECIALLY when they have a goal and an "us against the world" mentality because it puts them all on the same page, and if they are on the same page with Kobe in terms of determination it makes it MUCH easier for him to lead them. Last year you had two leaders with two different ideas and it caused a rift in the locker room. You had a guy who hated to lose and worked hard every day to ensure it didn't happen, and you had another guy who laughed during losses and was choosing not to pick and roll cause he had his own agenda and wasn't thinking about the team. When both your leaders are of two separate minds like that it can cause a rift.
Dwight's "already a winner" so he doesn't care if he loses or not because he's satisfied with where his career has gone and what he's already accomplished.
Meanwhile everyone on this Lakers team came here to prove a point, and want to prove everyone wrong. If we're all on the same page with something to prove, it makes the locker room much easier, it brings them closer, and not only that but it makes it easier for Kobe to lead and push them because they WANT it as a means to that end.
So it will be nice to see us with that underdog role and "us against the world" mentality. Hopefully it means we'll see less of those "we're the Lakers, we'll win anyway, lol this other team is so full of tryhards, we'll coast till they miss" performances and maybe WE'LL become the ones playing every game like our life depends on it
The main thing I want to see from us is constant effort, motivation and good performances and our players playing up to their potential and remaining focused and bringing our "A" game most every night.
Being constantly disrespected and treated like we're nothing isn't going to deter us from doing that, it's going to enforce that we should. Kobe's already coming motivated, it's about time he had a team around him that wants to prove everyone wrong like he does instead of just standing back and being amazed at his effort and determination while hoping he carries them to a title.
Edited by Majesty, August 24, 2013 - 03:17 AM.