The Rock wrote:but we're losing mobility, ball handling and a shooting advantage if Pau starts the game.
dwighthowardsdad wrote:Pau's a great passer and has the ability to play from the high-post & hit the perimeter shot. However, the best he has played over the course of the season is right before he went down with the injury; that's when he was playing closer to the basket because Dwight wasn't playing in those games. As versatile as Gasol is and can be, I still think his bread & butter is his ability to play closer to the basket at this point in his career.
Therein lies the problem with this starting lineup of Nash, Gasol, Dwight, Metta, & Kobe. 4 out of those 5 operate best inside the paint & all like to work from the free-throw line extended down. Our only reliable three-point shooter has been Nash. Metta & Kobe have struggled at different points with their shot from that range.
This will come down to coaching to make this work if it even does. MDA will have to find the best starting units that fit together to make this work until the end of the season heading into the PO's...
bystander wrote:Mini Training Camp while being in the race for the playoffs, develop chemistry and left nothing in the tank during the playoffs, that's they only thing these guys must do this season.
dj vitus wrote:I understand the Pau hate.
LTLakerFan wrote:You guys are going to mock me but I have insider information that Dan, since he is so adverse to playing them together, is from now on going to make Dwight a "stretch 4" and put Pau down low with his better skills around the hoop. Honest....don't shoot the messenger.
karacha wrote:Dwight is one of the best stretch PFs in the league. Killer mid-range shot, can take few dribbles before shooting it, has that Dirk-style fade-away off one foot with the knee going up to get separation etc. His three point shooting is not that great. He only shot 20% for three this year, but he can get better by the playoffs. No worries. He'll stretch the floor for his teammates.
FabFourLakers wrote:....we need Pau/Dwight/Kobe/Nash to play together if we want to have our best chance at winning anything.