Lakerjones wrote:I don't even want to think of a roster change with our starters right now. This is a dream team on paper that's been totally ruined by crappy coaching. Don't touch the starting 5.
The only roster move I desperately want to see is us bringing in a quality backup Point Guard. We've needed one since the beginning of the season. Blake hasn't cut it. Duhon's basically just as bad (although I thought he looked better than Blake in his limited preseason minutes). Morris is a disaster.
And now that Steve Nash is injured and will miss some significant time, this issue has just become more glaring.
This is a dream team that is OLD like great but from the past. People don't seem to understand that besides DH12 the others are legends, but are already on the way out. They can't compete night in and night out with the young athletic horses around the league at this time of their careers. The Lakers are a paper dragon, they look great on paper because of past greatness but the reality is this is now. Other great basketball minds (Jerry West, Phil Jackson, Magic) have pointed this out and people just don't seem to understand. We've seen the problems with their health, Kobe's foot, Nash's fracture etc. They are extending themselves at a time in their careers where they just can't push themselves to those limits. How can we expect them to play defense the way they did years ago? If you watch them they are half a step slow, besides the bench give absolutely no support and therefore no rest. I love the Lakers and have been a Laker fan for over 40 years, but I don't think they will even make the playoffs. True that MB is a mediocre coach but we just can't blame everything on him. Keeping defensive effort for 48 minute and keeping everyone healthy without a decent bench is practically impossible, there's just so much juice in that lemon. I personally don't think any great coach would touch this team with a ten foot pole.
No great coach would touch this team? One that most of the pundits in the world, including Magic Johnson, picked to be in the Finals this year?
Do you know more than Mitch freaking Kupchak who put together this brilliant lineup?
They look like total garbage because they being coached like garbage.
We haven't even approached a great coach except Adelman who was dismissed because Jim fell for Brown. Why don't we at least send a feeler out to a great coach and see what happens before you say that none would come here.
And why is there so much ageism going on? What's up with that?
Michael Jordan's second three peat team had mid-thirties core. The Pistons who beat us weren't young. The Celtics with KG that won had a core in their thirties.
Great talent wins championships and we have tons of talent. We do have injuries, but that's what backup players are for (Jodie Meeks DNP CD says hi). We need a backup for Nash, period. And we need a coaching change. Let's do those two things before we throw in the towel on this amazing lineup.