therealdeal wrote: Center Court wrote:
Doc Brown wrote:^^^It's being thrown around by McHale. They are going to try it in training camp. D12 is apparently excited to play PF, while Asik plays C.
And real, nobody every said "THIS team is stacked" but I'm trying to show that just by labeling each player with some negative connotation is naive. You could do that for every team and every player. Since we are all laker fans, I figure it'll resonate a bit more.
Well if you're trying to say that the argument is a poor one to make, then doing the same thing for this team is an equally poor counter argument don't you think?
Personally, I thought Doc had good points. The names on their team don't ring as all that intimidating to me. And considering the imbalance on their squad as it's constructed, I'm not entirely convinced they're going to be all that successful this year.
Especially if they can't move Asik. Those two starting together is going to be great. Imagine trying to drive against that if you're Lin or Harden. Defenses around the league are just salivating at the thought of those two clogging the lane offensively and then being a liability defensively on fast breaks. Then you add in that they don't have many creators outside of Harden and Lin (and of those Lin is extremely average)... That team could have a tough go of it this season.
You're right, the names are not intimidating. However, that is very we have consistently lacked over the years.. find that collection of non-intimidating names who can make a big impact.
Garcia, Casspi, and Brewer are all guys I and others had been hoping to sign. Brooks may never get back to his form but still has the ability to score in the few mins he will see. Camby is a veteran locker room presence. Donte is a young big with size and some all around ability. Jones is a mobile 4. Smith is a more undersized rugged pf.
So I agree there is nothing fealful about those names, but the sum of the whole is IMO pretty good. If they move Asik for Andersen I think they are in the finals.
Back to the Lakers and why I brought all that up, it's frustrating to see guys who can have some level impact (more so than our current options) get signed by other teams. Harrington went to Wash. Odom has yet to sign.
While I'll praise Mitch for Kaman, Young, Wes, and Farmar, it's still been a horrid summer.