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Kobe gambling too much on D?

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07:57 AM ET 01.11 | These days, there are all manner of theories for what ails the Lakers, but defense has a lot to do with their poor record. Despite World Peace, [Kobe Bryant] and Dwight Howard all being heralded defenders previously in their careers, the Lakers' defense has continued to slip -- especially without Howard because of his shoulder injury the past two games. ... The perimeter players haven't been consistently staying in front of ball-handlers either. And the Lakers' rotations remain inconsistent, including mistakes from Kobe Bryant, who has felt renewed license to roam for steals since Mike Brown's no-gambling defense went out the door. But transition defense is the main problem. Defensive rebounding is one, too.

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January 11, 2013  08:55 AM ET
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No reason to nit pick......This team is just a mess all the way aroundOnce their bigs come back, they must start making some big moves/trades so they can get turned in the right direction for next year.Move Dwight, he isn't man enough for LA, it happens.....some guys can't handle the bright lights

agree.

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January 11, 2013  09:24 AM ET
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True. I really meant to say that the defense is the biggest problem in order to get some wins. Kind of like a medical triage. Deal with the most critical and move on to the rest next.

Good morning FN. A good game coming up tonight. I am hoping for a good game anyways.

January 11, 2013  09:25 AM ET

Has any team in the history of the NBA ever fired two coaches in the same season? Is this Lakers team a candidate for such an occurance?

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