Re: Forget the '04 Pistons, C's have a superstar named Rondo and will compare more to the 80's Lakers
posted at 8/25/2012 1:44 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Forget the '04 Pistons, C's have a superstar named Rondo and will compare more to the 80's Lakers
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Forget the '04 Pistons, C's have a superstar named Rondo and will compare more to the 80's Lakers : Nice, yeah Nash's back is prob more of a concern that his ankles, but he is going to have some serious issues with Rondo, Westbrook and Parker, who have all owned him of late, and this was before his 39th bday and change of scenerio from comfy Phoenix and its medical staff/lott club 4 of really the only 6 title contenders (once Rose is healthy) have PG's that kill Nash and are top 5 in the league... and the cross-town Clips have the other guy in the top 5 and despite a 2nd rd ceiling are going to pester the Fakers all year
Posted by rameakap[/QUOTE]
Nash's back problem is congenital, and has been something he has had to manage his whole career. This assumption that it is a worrisome condition all of a sudden is something you see through green colored glasses. Nash has had less back problems late in his career, because he manages it without it effecting his play, nor does he miss time with it. He played his as* off last year in a compressed season and was healthy. The last 5 years he has played in 81, 74, 81, 75, and 62 last year, where he missed less time than Rondo. The Lakers, despite what some here would like to think, are not stupid, they would not have made the deal if it was even 1/10 the concern you keep railing on about.
Nash is not going to keep the really good point guards in front of him, really, no one keeps the really great ones in front of them. The Lakers will manage just fine because they have an awesome pair of players protecting the rim behind him. The Lakers will be able to play up on their men collectively, and be more aggressive with a an elite level defensive security blanket in the paint behind them.
The Lakers will be a better defensive team, with Nash and Howard, then they were with Fisher and Sessions, who couldn't guard anyone, because the very best defensive big man in the NBA is there to clean up the mess. Bynum was a liability guarding the pick and roll, Dwight is elite, they will be quite a bit better with one of the best athletes in the Game back there. Don't sleep on the rebounds either, this team will board on both ends with the best of the NBA.
On the flip side, Nash is an elite NBA pick and roll point guard, because not only is he great at executing the pass, but he is one of the best shooters out there, from anywhere on the floor. To accentuate the point, he will have the best roll man in the NBA setting the screen and rolling to the basket. If i was a betting man, that pick and roll combo does just a tad more than just pester teams around the NBA, it will be devastating.
Let's not forget Gasol on the low post, the way he can facitiate and score. And Kobe on the wing, well you all just can't see through the seething hatred to realize how elite he still is. Nash will make him better, more efficient. There is a ton of basketball IQ on the floor, with an awesome facilitator. This notion that Kobe will not be smart enough to play withing the framework with these running mates, is just totally disrespecting one of the best basketball minds out there.