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Posted Monday December 31, 2012, About: Stan Van Gundy bluntly critiques Dwight Howard's play
If you give 100% all the time you end up like Rose. By the way, where is he when you really need him?
Posted Monday December 31, 2012, About: Stan Van Gundy bluntly critiques Dwight Howard's play
If he plays well enough to get and keep healthy and help the Lakers win more games than they lose through the end of the season I'll be happy. Let him save those back wrenching superman efforts for the playoffs, when they really matter.
Posted Monday December 31, 2012, About: Antawn Jamison unhappy with Lakers DNPs
All the Lakers have to do is win 4 out of every 7 games through June. Everything else will take care of itself.
Posted Monday August 13, 2012, About: Kupchak on keeping Howard: 'We'll take our chances'
Perfect example of someone who should have had more "injury" time BEFORE the playoffs: Karl Malone. His shoes were too big to fill when he got hobbled in the finals.
Posted Monday August 13, 2012, About: Kupchak on keeping Howard: 'We'll take our chances'
"Injuries" among older superstar players are common for a number of reasons. First of all, during the "doll drums" of the middle of the season is the best time to get real experience for the backup in the position. Too often a superstar takes on such a big roll that his sudden loss during the playoffs totally unbalances a team (e.g. Chicago last year). Someone has to be able to come in and hold their own in the position, even if not to the same talent level. Second of all, younger and less talented players throw their bodies around during the mid-season against these stars just to prove how good they are so they can keep their jobs. Finally, the last things these stars need is training time. They just need to be there enough to keep the team within striking distance of the top playoff position and make sure they are fully within the "flow" of a team. Each player needs to know where they can expect the other players to be in order to coordinate a top level offense and defence. Other than that, the most important thing of all is that all key players hit the playoffs at 90+ percent efficiency and 95%+ health. And rested enough so that they can continue ratcheting up that efficiency and effort all the way through the second season. For that matter, Gasol has hit that level where he should see some "injury time" in the last part of the season. He's been running out of "gas"ol toward the end of these key games. Let them try double teaming him on the post when he has Superman to pass to over their heads.
Posted Thursday May 31, 2012, About: Gasol disputes report, reaffirms love for Lakers
Not likely Dwight will want to disappear into the hinterlands after tolerating Mickey Mouse all these years. He'll be looking for a big media market.
Posted Thursday May 31, 2012, About: Gasol disputes report, reaffirms love for Lakers
As for Gasol, he should forget the low post. On offense, that belongs to Bynum. He should be playing 12-15 feet from the basket on offense, passing the ball around, taking the open shot and crashing the paint on offence to take the ball to the rim as soon as Bynum draws the double. On defense, he should be working inside the paint with Bynum, especially so Bynum can conserve most of his energy for the offensive low post. Bynum can become THE dominant scorer, and Kobe should start thinking more "small forward", while bringing on more first class young FAST talent at guard to work with him on fast breaks. MWP? Love him, but unless he can play full time we should get someone with more control of his temper.
Posted Thursday May 31, 2012, About: Gasol disputes report, reaffirms love for Lakers
on the floor, that is
Posted Thursday May 31, 2012, About: Gasol disputes report, reaffirms love for Lakers
There's a case for Fisher as a player coach. He sure shouldn't be on the coach more than 20 minutes a game, but without those 20 minutes the Lakers lose their balance.
Posted Thursday May 31, 2012, About: Gasol disputes report, reaffirms love for Lakers
The problem was lack of team discipline and a lack of a dominant coach. When Phil left and Fisher was traded, nobody was left who could say "no" to Kobe's instinct to totally dominate the game and his impatience with his team members.

Kobe is a great individual player, but he is like a high strung hybrid race horse. If the jockey (Phil) doesn't hold him back early in the race, he runs himself into the ground and fades in the stretch, trying his heart out to win it by himself. Notice that Phil had a consistent substitution pattern no matter what the score was. Brown is too easily influenced by his star.

And in crunch time, sometimes it is more important to have a man on the court who keeps his head together, holds on to the ball, finds the open man no matter who is, and can take the open shot if it is given. When Fisher's in the game at crunch time, Kobe knows he can count on someone else. Fisher is like that old, calm horse that every great race horse relies on to keep things steady. If San Antonio beats the Thunder badly, maybe we can get him back without giving up the speed and youth we got for him. These guys need real leadership.

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