Agreed for the most part.
I know what you're saying about mentality, but that's what makes the 80s teams so damn special. Remember when guys like Worthy and Thompson could become Lakers and just accept their role? Remember when those guys would come in and maybe they have to sacrifice their games for something much greater, but they'd do it with zeal?
If Gasol could embrace being the 6th man, a la odom. If Kobe could just listen to age and let his team help him just a little more, a la Cap. If Dwight could swallow his enormous pride and allow the others to get the offense going smoothly while still patrolling the paint... If, if, if.
We're on the same page here, I just have a higher standard of mental capacity because I've been spoiled by great players in the past. Well you were too, but you're more understanding
I agree change is coming. If Gasol isn't traded sometime before the deadline in Feburary I'll be shocked. Unless of course something clicks and these guys start making a run. I'm betting on the former.
I Remember the 80's teams a little differently. Granted the media was far less of an "instigating" force then and there was no instant information like today.
The 80's teams were not without their issues.... Wilkes and Worthy didn't get along initially and Wilkes injury solved a problem that was getting pretty bad.
Kareem was probably on the way out in 81 because of tension with Magic.... He wasn't the most "marketable guy" in those days and Magic was the NBA's golden child...... Magic's knee injury helped them get back on the same page.
Nixon was never really happy about playing with Magic and was traded for a more appropriate piece in Scott....
Even McAdoo thought he should be starting over Lansberger/Rambis.
You can't forget the Spencer Haywood fiasco.... he went so far as to put a legitimate "hit" out on Pat Riley. So far no one has gone that far here.....
With all of that said..... you make a point, even though there were some real tensions in that 10 year run the coach was a strong influence and cooler heads prevailed in most cases. MDA isn't Pat Riley and these guys don't seem willing to give and take enough to become a team. Even if they did I would still have my doubts as to how effective they would be.... the balance isn't there even if each was playing to their strengths. We're missing that second dynamic player that can create his own shot at will.