karacha wrote:In a way, Artest on this Laker team is similar to Pau: he passes the ball. . . .
Also, him and Pau have a terrific chemistry right now. They are really looking for each other.
I had really hoped it would be so and actually I did think it would be the case. Pau and Ron are developing a great chemistry just as Pau did with Odom when he arrived. There's something infectious when you have an excellent, unselfish passer like Pau as your Big. He makes life so much easier and basketball, even in the triangle, becomes much simpler. This is a beautiful team to watch in that regard.
In the third quarter when they had the all Veteran squad of Fish, Kobe, LO, Ron and Pau in they were playing some gorgeous ball - smart passing, unselfish play, getting it to the open man (sometimes with 4-5 passes in a possession), and incredibly efficient shooting. Nice defense as well. That's the money squad right there. I love Bynum's fire so far this year, and of course depending on certain games we will need Bynum's size especially for defense - but for closing out tight games I want that squad in there to end the fourth. The all Vets will get it done.
Ron had a few more turnovers last night than I've seen so far, but it was all through unselfish play - just trying to get the ball to people. He's an extremely smart player. Some very nice three point shooting last night, too. He seems to be getting back into his groove on open shots.