lakerswiz wrote:We shouldn't talk about this team as if we have a set culture of play for this upcoming season. Just because our half court offense was in a way part of our defense last season, it doesn't mean it will be this season. This season is going to be vastly different.
I say we up the tempo.
IMO we just got better defensively by a big margin and it won't be necessarily visible, but will be known. It may not be blocks into the 5th row. But being in the right spot. Committing to help side. I think it all got better by an amount we are not quite expecting.
And I'm also going to say that Nash's defense won't be as big of an issue as it's being made out to be or as much as it was for Fisher.
Dwight and Pau are two big dudes and I feel that the rest of the league knowing that Dwight is under there is going to change a few things. He can jump. He'll embarrass you. Bynum never was really able to do that. He can't get off the ground that quick.
It shall be fun.
I say we run. Use what we have to our advantage.
The bench I don't mind running, but guys like Pau, Kobe, and in some ways Nash will probably prefer a slow(er) paced game to conserve energy and their body. Like I said, when the opportunity to leak out, outlet, or run a fast break, do so by all means.
But our strengths still lie in our half court offense and keeping the younger, athletic teams from putting points on the board quickly as well. Your theory of a better defense with Howard won't be effective if we aren't going to be able to set our defense in a quick paced game, we don't want Dwight and Pau running up and down the court chasing the guards around to block shots.