Think of everything Dennis Rodman did great
None of the Lakers do any of it. Normally someone who lacks on nearly every offensive skillset doesn't get playing time; unless he is an all time great when it comes to offensive (94) and defensive rebounding (99) and offensive (93) and defensive awareness (99). Tack in an 84 block 88 steal 90 vertical 88 speed even 92 clutch, you are foolish not to play him. The Lakers don't call out screens, make adjustments on defense, play help defense, box out, grab rebounds, contest shots while trying their best not to foul, dive for loose balls, set effective screens, use their bodies and physical strength to stay in front of players (how can they, when the majority of them are lighter than the rest of the league at their position) etc.
Their not doing the dirty unglorious and tiring work it takes to win games. Look at Julius Randle's screens. They are so uneffective, they didn't actually get the defender off his guy, yet he is quick to roll. When a defense shoots, they go throw the motions of boxing out, not actually fighting to potentially get an offensive rebound. On defense the bigs don't yell out screens, quick to switch over before the other team can drive into the lane. Not like a screen was even necessary, because they all just go throw the motions of a defensive stance, they don't use their bodies and physical strength to stay in front of their man, give a hard contest without fouling, with the rest of the team giving a tough box out and chasing after the loose ball and getting the rebound. We have one of the best offenses in the league, we're scoring more than enough points to win, but we don't have enough guys, at least none that are worth playing for significant minutes, that do the dirty work.
A big issue is also not having a 4 and 5 that are good offensively yet also have those defensive traits. The whole "We're the Lakers, and if anything too much defense is our problem, tee-hee!" lasted exactly 1 game. The first one. Blaming it on modern NBA rules and officiating is just an excuse because you can still play hard defense in today's league. It doesn't have to be the way it was in the 90s, they just gotta do enough of it to win games. I understand that 48 minutes of it expended on the roster is physically tiring, but this is what you signed up for. The mentality should be points and stops, not buckets buckets and more buckets.
Edited by dbtbandit67, January 01, 2018 - 10:52 AM.