At least they realize there is a problem.

L.A. Times: Phil Jackson had seen enough, so he turned Saturday’s scheduled practice into a miniature version of a clear-the-air meeting.

The Lakers had been stumbling, losers of two consecutive games to quasi-.500 teams, making it an appropriate time to let players vent about their porous defense in the hopes they could turn it around before their game Sunday against the Orlando Magic.

Kobe Bryant provided reporters with only a few scant words about what he said, though he still seemed annoyed as he sat on the bottom step of the bleachers at tiny Rollins College, ice bags on each knee.

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  • LAKESHOW1

    I definitely agree that our defense has its issues from time to time, but I feel like it has been the offense that is struggling more so this season. I would have liked to see that being addressed as well.

    • Laker Fan

      A good defense is what drives the offense. Focus on stopping the opponent and Lakers will always be in the game.

      • LAKESHOW1

        I agree, but fyi, we are #1 defensive team in the league, but #11 in offense. It is a complete switch from last year. Yes, I definitely agree that defense gets offense going and that it is the key to playing the game, but we are definitely shooting a lot poorly from last year. Kobe is missing more shots, Gasol is missing more shots, Fishers is missing more shots..etc, so at some point I feel like offensive execution also needs to be addressed… i.e getting in the lane more, penetrating more, more screen and roll and less uncontested jumpers.

  • rudy t.

    i have a question… WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR BENCH MOB/MINUTE MEN? :( i want ronnie back. i want the machine back. *sigh*

    • Laker Fan

      The Laker management blew it! Instead of sinning Sasha for his ridiculous contract they should have kept Turiaf. The “machine” is and has been broken for a long time.

  • http://www.singoramalessonsrevealed.com Varick Hudson

    NO! It is definitely a lack of defensive play and Lack of coaching defense, is what the problem is. Since there really is no defensive coach with the team any more now that Coach Curt Rambus is no longer with the team.

    • Laker Fan

      Do you really think that you need a defensive coach to work on fundamentals? They are weak against the pick and roll. No amount of coaching will overcome that without improvement in their execution.

    • LAKESHOW1

      I agree, but fyi, we are #1 defensive team in the league, but #11 in offense. It is a complete switch from last year. Yes, I definitely agree that defense gets offense going and that it is the key to playing the game, but we are definitely shooting a lot poorly from last year. Kobe is missing more shots, Gasol is missing more shots, Fishers is missing more shots..etc, so at some point I feel like offensive execution also needs to be addressed… i.e getting in the lane more, penetrating more, more screen and roll and less uncontested jumpers.

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  • Xtro

    They should Have traded for a defensive point guard. Our frugal owner refuses to open his wallet. It’s the same case in the shaq and Kobe championship years. Back then the team needed help in the power forward position, and ownership refused to spend money to get a quality pf until it was too late- the spurs eliminated us. The same scenario is obvious here. In this case, they let the trade deadline pass without acquring a defensive younger point guard. It’s going to be a really difficult road to repeat.

    • Sasha4Lvp

      Frugal owner? The Lakers have the highest payroll in the league!

    • Laker Fan

      It’s hard to make a trade when all you can offer is “garbage”. It’s not how much money they spend but how they spend it.

      Do you really think the contracts of Sasha, Walton and Morrison would be hot commodities? This summer the Lakers need to do some cleaning.

  • Robert

    Talk is cheap. Time to put effort where the money is. These are some spoiled millionaires we’re talking about here. They need to ‘hustle’ and earn their dough.
    .
    Big Game James (Worthy) mentioned this on last Laker broadcast – this group of GenX-ers aren’t hungry enough for a championship. Time to take the silver spoons out of their a$$es and work on their basketball assets. HUSTLE DUDES – dive for that ball – commit some more fouls – get yourself a technical or two. Show the refs who’s boss. Run into a coach on the sidelines. Do ‘something’ with your basketball self.

  • Xtro

    Open your wallet.

    • BE_A_LakerFan

      Wtf are you talking about?

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  • http://57.amklac REALITY

    maybe if kobe would start playing a little defense, his team-mates would follow suit.look in the mirror dude.

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