I don't agree with this assessment.
LO has never been a good slasher. NEVER...he is content to stand around the perimeter making passes. If he were to slash, he'd be great. He'd be able to out quick most PF's to the paint but who ELSE (since he's supposed to be the primary facilitator?) is there to make the right pass? Only people we have that can do that are Kobe and Luke. Maybe Farmar.
He's a very good slasher when he's aggressive. And like I said before, he's been inconsistent during the regular season. I'm not trying to excuse it.
GameCockMD wrote:LO can't play PF for us because he doesn't know how to play in the paint 100%. Playing on the perimeter is the gimmick for PF, not the staple. If we can't score in the paint, our perimeter game becomes infinitely more predictable and defendable. LO has proven that not only CAN'T he score in the paint consistently, he doesn't LOOK to score in the paint at all.
Like I said before, he hasn't been consistently scoring in the post like he can during the regular season. I'm not going to make excuses for it. However, he's always brought it when it counts during the playoffs.
GameCockMD wrote:His facilitating duties were taken away from him last year at the AllStar Break. That's when he started to be more aggressive.
As I've said before in other threads, LO is not our best half-court faciliator. This is not surprising. He shouldn't be the initiator in the half-court. It should be Luke's job.
GameCockMD wrote:I really wish that you wouldn't list the few times that LO has shown up without FULLY acknowledging that it was the exception and not the rule.
2 consecutive playoff seasons, he's put up 19 points and double-figure rebounding and dishes for assists. This is not an exception.
He's shown me for 2 seasons that he brings it when it counts. It's good enough for me. Obviously, for some reason or another, it's not good enough for others.
GameCockMD wrote:Let's get this straight:
Kobe does everything humanly possible to help this team win...
I agree, thats why he's our leader.
GameCockMD wrote:If LO was doing everything a #2 option should, we wouldn't have struggled the way we did.
Our struggles had to do with injuries, defense, and role players not stepping up when core players go down. Kobe wasn't scoring 33 ppg early in the season. We was scoring about 28 ppg when we were 26-13.
GameCockMD wrote:We wouldn't need to look for another #2 option. And it's not about his stats. He really didn't have a papable impact on the game nor did he ever develop chemistry with Kobe.
As I've said before, 2 slashers doesn't work well in the triangle or any half-court offense for that matter. And it can affect chemistry if their isn't some decent play in the post to keep the double teams from coming from there. Kwame is never a threat, so bigs always come out to help on LO and Kobe. The only times that this wasn't happening as much is when Drew was hitting his stride in November and January. A little production in the paint is all that is needed to provide some balance.
Is it really a coincedence that we won game 3 when Kwame scored 19 points? I don't think so. All we need is at least 12-14ppg from the center position, and it'll be enough to keep the post defenders at bay. A little balance is all that is needed.
GameCockMD wrote:Creating a great tandem is paramount. We can't expect great things from our bench is our 2 best players can't work together. We can't expect to be a great team if our tandem doesn't make the team better.
A tandem doesn't necessarily make a team great. Look at Yao and T-mac.
The GSW have only one star and a very talented group of complimentary players. They didn't seem to have a problem getting past the #1 seed.
We need to upgrade our roleplayers. Our core is fine.
GameCockMD wrote:Knowing this, we can now state that LO doesn't earn the money he's paid. That's way too much for a #2 option that doesn't produce like a #2 and it's DEFINITELY too much for a 3rd option...
Lamar has been consistent when it counts. There are plenty of all-stars who can't do that. Gasol, Okur, and AK-47 being the first 3 that come to my mind.
What's the point of having a great regular season if you can't bring it when your team needs it? LO hasn't had this problem for 2 consecutive playoff seasons now. Even this season, he managed to do it while riddled with injuries.
GameCockMD wrote:I like LO. I would like for him to succeed. I had high hopes for him. I still do. But it's on him. 3 years is long enough. If this were only about his production or his own personal achievements, it would be fine. But we are building a team. This team starts with Kobe. Anything that doesn't fit with that cornerstone doesn't help this team.
Our problem isn't LO. It's our defense, and our roleplayers. Some are lazy, while others are developing.
GameCockMD wrote:And we have already established that Kobe and LO doesn't work. So what is more important? The Lakers getting to a top level? Or keeping a "nice guy" because you "like" him?
The problem isn't LO, the problem is role players who can't produce for various reasons. The other problem is defense.
GameCockMD wrote:Call me cold-blooded, but last time I checked, being a millionaire and playing the game you love doesn't make you any more worthy of pity than the next guy who goes thru the same thing...and don't forget that this is a business. We are allowed to trade because sometimes, we SHOULD trade...to get better.
And that's more important than sentimental decisions...
It's not about being cold-blooded or about sentimentality.
You just don't trade a guy who gives you 19ppg, double-figure rebounding, and a some dimes when it counts. Unless you can get somebody else that you're sure will have greater impact in return. There aren't too many guys out there that can give what Lamar has given in the postseason for us the last 2 seasons even as first options. They almost certainly make more money than he does too.