L.A. Times: here was a time when the Phoenix Suns led the NBA in scoring for three consecutive seasons, when they were offense-minded and when defense was a foreign concept.
The Lakers lead the NBA in scoring, piling up 107.3 points per game, but their defense has begun to leak from so many holes they don’t seem to know where or how to plug them.
For Lamar Odom, there are too many similarities now between today’s Lakers and those Suns teams, and that’s not a good thing.
Every team seems to take advantage of the Lakers’ porous defense.
“It’s just like when we used to play against Phoenix two seasons ago,” Odom said. “We always felt like, ‘Oh, we’re going to get back in the game. They are playing an offensive style of basketball.’ I think that’s how teams right now might be looking at us.
“We’re not making it hard enough for teams, as far as around the basket, as far as our defense. At the beginning of the year, maybe the first seven or eight or 10 games, we had teams that quit. It was like, ‘This is too hard. We know we can’t stop them. And they’re making it hard for us on defense.’ ”