Rooscooter wrote:Even we had been fully healthy we aren't a top team. Speed and athleticism is missing as well as floor balance. It's not a mistake that our most consistent ball has been with Pau out. Clark brings hustle and dirty work without the need counting touches or shots.... Exactly what we need more of and if it weren't for an injury we would have never known we had a player like that.
Also I think it's a little bit of a pipe dream to think that a team with as much mileage as ours has on it would be injury free. Injuries come with age and minutes....
We have already gone back and forth over the "top team" thing so I won't beat that horse anymore.
However, can you really call it "pipe" to thing we wouldn't sustain season ending injuries to key players, multi-month injuries to key players and too not have the team together for more than ONE game? I don't think even in our worst dreams would we imagine that much pain to one team.
A team full of old veterans that have played deep into the playoffs each year can be expected to be fully healthy for an entire season? Umm... OK. Pau has been playing pretty much year round since 2004 in competitive basketball. He's probably logged nearly as many "game minutes" as Kobe overall and surely more in that time frame.
If you look at the other "Older teams" around like Boston and SA you'll see that our old team has had a few injuries it can't overcome yet SA has one of the big 3 on the sideline for significant time every season over the last 5 and somehow they still finish in the top 2 or 3..... They have depth and balance and actually plan for playing older players.....
Nash and Pau can't defend their way out of a wet paper sack any longer. Pau's drop-off extends back 3 seasons .... or way longer than his current injuries. You just can't keep projecting these guys best 4 or 5 seasons as the norm any longer. They are not those players now. In fact Kobe and Howard aren't going to ever be the players they have been in the past. This isn't a video game where the player never ages, slows down or gets injured. Go back 5 years and these 4 were an All Star team..... this version, even fully healthy is a shell of that. Age has a real effect and it along with the lack of thought in putting a balanced team on the floor is our issue not injuries which are part of the game.
You always seem to focus on the Officiating and injuries..... both things outside of the control of our players. Chance is something in life that is not predictable..... that's why it's called chance. Focusing on those things leaves one embittered IMO and with the conclusion that someone else is controlling the destiny of the team. I refuse to think that way in anything I do.... including follow a NBA team.
I'm not in the camp that injuries are our main problem..... and you're right; we've been down this road before. You think we're the top team in the West healthy and I don't.... let's leave it there.