therealdeal wrote:Anyone getting paid to play basketball shouldn't have bad nights, but it happens. He's older and his athleticism is pretty faded (even with his excellent conditioning right now). It'll happen in a league dependent on athleticism like today's is.
last night he played pretty well anyway. He got lit up by Carmelo early, but Carmelo was pulling up threes from all over the floor. It's really no wonder. He did a decent job of adjusting as the game went on.
therealdeal wrote:I disagree with everything in your post. Most of all that last play: Dwight should have blocked that shot, not to mention the degree of difficult was pretty much as high as you can get.
Artest is still a good defender, he's just not playing well right now.
lakerswiz wrote:You're going to get beat one on one almost every time. Almost every player in the league can get by every other player in the league. Advantage is always to the offense, unless the defender is just crazy nasty. I'm not sure if there is a defender in the league that would be able to continually stop people at the top of the key with a wide open lane and no one behind them. That just doesn't happen.
That's why Kobe practices playing against help defense. He doesn't care about the defender in front of him, he'll get the shot he wants. He has to read the guys playing help defense and how they react. He's been very specific about this in the past.
And much like Real said, after that fact, there's either
A. Lack of Communication
B. Still trying to figure out different words / habits of the other guys on the team
Last night we had the play where Kobe was in front of Melo along the sideline and then facing him up on the baseline in transition, Kobe was telling Jamison he was going to let him through and that the help needs to be there to accept the trade off. (Assumption, but on the replays you could see that's what Kobe was wanting & sort of saying.) Plays like that are just going to happen.
It's no surprise to me that the guys with the biggest help defense issues are the ones new to our team. Then again most of our team out there is brand new, but Jamison and Dwight are both new to the team and are still learning how to play with everyone.
The optimistic side to this is that they have recognized it. They know. They talk about. They take a second to talk it over mid game.
Adjustments and learning to play with one another. Still, IMO, the biggest reason for our record.
borri wrote:Anyone catch post game interview with MWP? Got the gist he wasn't happy at all. Kept talking about playing the right way and sharing the ball. Also he kept look to his left. I wonder who was sitting over there?
LooN3y wrote:borri wrote:Anyone catch post game interview with MWP? Got the gist he wasn't happy at all. Kept talking about playing the right way and sharing the ball. Also he kept look to his left. I wonder who was sitting over there?
was it kobe?
edit: is there a video online?
D.B. Cooper wrote:Very active and hitting his shots