Lonzo doen't have it. Dude doesn't have it. But i hope he will. I hope he will try. I am rooting for him.
"Oh, you gotta let Lonzo play, it will hurt his confidence."
Except, that is exactly what we did with him last season. And what happened? What happened? Missing 1/3 of the season at least, uninspired play, not improving his game, and his dad wailing out for most of the year, including making threats, and attempting to force a coaching change mid-season and attempting to blackmail us to draft Liangelo. So we do the right thing and bring on Rondo as both an insurance policy against injury so we still have a point guard and to take duress off of Lonzo, and also a way of letting Lonzo know, if your not gonna cut it, we're moving on.
"Oh, but it's hurting Lonzo's confidence, its hurting Lonzo's confidence, [we should keep playing Lonzo even when he's playing awful because, well, confidence, and well, that's how you build him]"
Bro, we shouldn't make incorrect rotation decisions for the sake of building ANYONE. From here on out we should stop drafting incomplete basketball players that still require seasons and seasons and seasons and seasons before they are playable.
And Lonzo's... confidence? Act like a professional. In no other job would a company stand by an underperforming salesmen and continue to give them assignments even though they are continously showing up tardy, absent, have an attitude (or totally checked out and uninterested) in addition to not actually selling.
And you know, its not only Lonzo. It's Wiggins. It's Karl Anthony Towns. It's this social media generation. Lonzo has wanted to be a Laker his entire life, guess what cousin, Laker fans are the most passionate fans and most demanding fans, in all of sports, and rightfully so. Those [expletive]ty tanking seasons were unbearable - I have never stood by an organization so bad for so many years in my entire life. Man, in 94 when we had Van Exel and Eddie Jones we were still making playoffs. When Magic attempted his brief ill-fated comeback, [expletive] man, he was still pretty good off the bench as a SF. When Kobe missed playoffs under Rudy T. and felt all that criticism raining down esp. as Shaq was doing well in Miami, he didn't check out, he turned all the negative energy into his jedi powers as a Sith Lord and worked his ass off even harder!
I hate saying this, but I think whats happening to Lonzo, to Fultz, is this combination of growing up both overparented and underdisciplined at the same time. I don't like going in on Lonzo anymore, but damn man. I know he's got personal issues which ya'll can Google, and I know he is really bothered by his brother going undrafted; I'm beginning to wonder if Lavar is getting on his ear about taking him to another team where someone will draft his brothers too and if that's effecting his enthusiasm and passion for the game. He looks so checked out. I heard on some podcast that the constant trade rumors are bothering him, and he's now resigned to the possibility that he won't be on the team. Lonzo, a final decision on that hasn't even been made yet, and if you move on to Phoenix or wherever, you might end up having to move again from there, it's part of being in the NBA. Just keep working your butt off and "control what you can control" like Kobe said. Leaking your own injuries again as a way of forcing yourself on the team just hurts your own value as a player overtime cause the league will view you as injury prone.
I'm rooting for him, I really am. Because we got Rondo, we can provide relief on his ankle that's possibly bothering him rn. Tbh, it does seem like he's a bit more comfortable on the bench end of games when there isn't so much pressure on him. At least those shots are falling in now. I want him to attack the basket more to keep defenses honest to his passes and for him to improve his offensive arsenal. His defense is great. Keep giving that to us Zo.
Edited by dbtbandit67, November 14, 2018 - 01:23 PM.