Me too - but this team simply isn't good. I don't see this group as the group that turns into something special. I can't see through the fog of entitled laziness these guys play with.
Russell isn't what people think he is, Ingram is painfully young and his size is an issue in the paint and perimeter. I wouldn't harp on Russell so much other than so many said he was the guy who was going to lead this team, the new blood that would step up. This was supposed to be a breakout year for him. Instead I see the same junk I saw last year - and injuries to boot. Their free agent signings (as said by some of us) were absolute crap and they've designed a team that has no identity, as far as player types go. It's all over the map.
Anyway, this game just affirms what I've known since last season. I am still hoping they can prove me wrong, but right now it's not looking that way.
Have a good night and a safe New Year celebration everyone.
It's concerning as heart and effort isn't something that can be taught. They brought up Kobe earlier when mentioning Ingram but the type of passion he played with is rare. You either step foot in the NBA with that desire to be great or you don't. It appears right now, Mitch and whoever else was in on it, drafted guys who don't REALLY want to be that player. You don't even have to be vocal at all. Kawhi is one of the quietest guys ever but his style of play is as infectious as any loudmouth you could name.
I'll hold out judgment on Ingram because he hasn't even played a full year but the other three... play time is over. If I were in their shoes after a game like this I'd be in the gym in a couple hours putting in extra work. You kind of have to harp on Russell since he is the leader by technicality. The PG runs the show. Where the game goes is literally in his hands.
I thought Deng would be a solid player for us not gonna lie but he looks older than I ever imagined. I'd also be lying if I expected Mozgov to be a Laker this off-season. I actually wanted us to sign Bismack but that's another discussion for another time. The team hit a new low tonight. I hope like hell they answer the bell and salvage the season from here. You have a good night and Happy New Year Eve's Eve to you Fido, as well as my other LN family.
Edited by The Big Fish, December 29, 2016 - 10:25 PM.