Re: Lakers Offer Also Bad
posted at 8/10/2012 11:41 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Lakers Offer Also Bad
[QUOTE]This appears to be a great pickup for the Lakers, on paper. However, the games are played on the court, not on paper. In January, Kobe told DH that he should come to LA and be the 3rd option behind him and Pau. DH was offended so he decided not to commit before the deadline. What has changed since then because he will still be the 3rd option even with Nash there (might be the 4th option especially late in 4th quarter)? When Nash starts feeding DH and Pau too much, you can bet Kobe will be in his ear to feed HIM more. Kobe isn't taking a back seat to anyone in LA and Nash will have to fall in line too eventually. Everything flows through Kobe and that's not going to change. DH was the main focus in Orlando. Everything ran off him. Every time Orlando came down the court, they were looking to get him involved. With that being said, he averaged 20.6 points, 14.5 boards, 2.1 blocks while shooting 57.3% from the field and 49.1 from the line. This is while being the team's focal point. In LA, DH WILL NOT be the focal point. Nash will distribute but Nash will look to get Pau and Kobe involved as much, if not more, than DH. Honestly, when it gets down to crunchtime, DH WILL NOT EVEN SEE THE BALL because it will be in Kobe's hands (not even Nash's). Bynum, in a Lakers system where he was the 3rd option, averaged 18.7 points, 11.8 boards, 1.9 blocks while shooting 55.8 % from the field and 69.2% (20 percentage points better than DH) from the line. Those numbers are comparable to DH. Bynum is a much better offensively skilled player than Howard and he makes more of the FTs when he's fouled. I really don't see that much of a significant upgrade because they are both dominating centers. I just don't see DH being on the court in crunchtime because he misses too many FTs. But I do see where some friction and chemistry issues might develop because you have two egos like Kobe and Howard. Even a 39 year old, slow Nash won't be able to manage that. It's unfortunate because the odd man out will again be Pau Gasol. I think this move has the potential to be a one and done for Howard in LA with him eventually ending up in Atlanta in 2013-2014. He already has hangups about being in LA and being compared to taking the same route Shaq took.
Posted by Petey62[/QUOTE]
Maybe the Lakers will subscribe to UBUNTU.
It worked for the Cs way back when. KG was the "go to" guy. Same with RayRay. Same with PP.
And they pulled it off.
Seems to me that DH and Nash are hungry for rings. Gasol too. Kobe would like to finish up his career in grand style. Who wouldn't?
I don't see a problem.
I'm green with envy... along with everyone else on this board.
Life isn't fair. So get used to it.