Lakers Schedule 14/15: Open in LA v HOU; Xmas @CHI

Re: Lakers Schedule 14/15: Open in LA v HOU; Xmas @CHI

Postby Rooscooter on Sun Aug 17, 2014 12:52 pm

lukewaltonsdad wrote:
Rooscooter wrote:The schedule is not that relevant IMO. This teams biggest obstacle initially this upcoming season will be itself. Learning a new system.... older players finding limits.... meshing players that will be out of position or over their heads etc.

8-2 for a team that a lot of the more astute here have predicted will win between 35 and 40 games seems very optimistic. 1/4 of your wins in 1/8th of games?....


Do you think we'll be a better team after the All-star Break than to start the season once we build on the things you mentioned? Integrating a new system, meshing players, etc?


if... IF... Randel is what we think and if we can get 70+ games out of Boozer, Kobe and Nash and have relatively few injuries overall we should be stronger the second half over the first. Scott is not MDA and the younger guys will have much different reactions to their mistakes from him than what MDA did. For one, I don't think Nick Young will have nearly as good a year. He's not exactly Scott's type of player and what we saw last year was Young being able to do what ever he wanted... not going to happen under Scott.

It will take a while to get all these guys on the same page and we've still got a significant hole at SF. If Nash is unable to play much we have a huge hole behind Lin as well.
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Re: Lakers Schedule 14/15: Open in LA v HOU; Xmas @CHI

Postby trodgers on Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:52 pm

I've got to agree that there are going to be some players who really loved playing in MDA's system...and they won't all like playing in Scott's. But it should also be said that MDA's system has had limited success, in particular in the playoffs. Meanwhile, it seems Scott has been able to build something better for the playoffs than MDA ever has.

Young is probably a guy who does better under MDA than Scott, but others might do better with Scott - like vets. I don't know how many players I'd group in that heading, incidentally. Also, Scott won't bench guys for not producing offensively; and there's no way he would've done Kaman the way MDA did.
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Re: Lakers Schedule 14/15: Open in LA v HOU; Xmas @CHI

Postby Rooscooter on Fri Aug 22, 2014 2:00 pm

trodgers wrote:I've got to agree that there are going to be some players who really loved playing in MDA's system...and they won't all like playing in Scott's. But it should also be said that MDA's system has had limited success, in particular in the playoffs. Meanwhile, it seems Scott has been able to build something better for the playoffs than MDA ever has.

Young is probably a guy who does better under MDA than Scott, but others might do better with Scott - like vets. I don't know how many players I'd group in that heading, incidentally. Also, Scott won't bench guys for not producing offensively; and there's no way he would've done Kaman the way MDA did.


I agree. The vets will get some more "rope".... the younger and single skill guys not so much IMO.

Our success will ride on the health of the vets and that is in question with the 3 key ones IMO. Nash might get to 40 games but my guess is that it will be not the Nash we've seen. He might get time based on who he used to be. Boozer has had issues with season long nagging injuries that limit is effectiveness. That's been going on for a number of years. When fully healthy he's still a pretty good player Kobe's health will be the biggest one for obvious reasons. Not sure we'll ever see the efficient 25 ppg Kobe again.

The problem is that Scott might give the Vets more leeway in playing crap defense because they are vets.... and shorten rotations of the younger guys because they might not be playing great defense....
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