JGC wrote:Murdock wrote:odom1year wrote:karacha wrote:Nash actually plays better defense now. I don't know why, but he's really not that bad.
Nash played good this game, but still not able to convince me in defense. Let's wait to see him playing against Westbrook, Parker and Paul 1st.
are you kidding me? nobody in the world can guard those players ... don't expect nash to do otherwise
Yeah, this. I mean, I've been saying this since we had Derek Fisher.
Nash is actually, IMO, a good help defender. Where he falls short is in individual man defense but to the point of many in here, it's impossible to shut down a PG consistently one on one with the rules in this league.
JGC wrote:^ Agreed. He's also quite adept at drawing charges.
Both he and Derek are deceptively good defenders. Frankly, I never understood the talk about poor defense with these guys. Both of them, as you said, are good system players. They might not be able to shut down a Westbrook on their own, but, if there is a TEAM scheme set up they will execute it to the T.
I have always felt that man D is desirable, but highly overrated. I mean Lebron is a legit defensive stud, and Durant made him look silly on multiple plays in the Xmas game.
LTLakerFan wrote:Yes and somehow I don't see Steve as being the kind of guy to knock a "Scola" on his bleep when he seriously needs being knocked on his bleep.....for the good of our team. Metta can but he would be banned for a season again.
therealdeal wrote:LTLakerFan wrote:Yes and somehow I don't see Steve as being the kind of guy to knock a "Scola" on his bleep when he seriously needs being knocked on his bleep.....for the good of our team. Metta can but he would be banned for a season again.
Well Nash would probably flop on the contact and get the foul called against him.
That's more his MO.
Snakell Beast wrote:Disagreement is not a lack of understanding. I'm not failing to acknowledge Steve Nash's history of floor spreading shooting ability, I am contending that as players get older, their shots don't fall as much anymore...especially if they are injured or tired, both of which will describe Nash for the bulk of the remainder of this season. Second, unless Nash is going to score 20+ points per game while dishing out 10+ assists, he won't make much of a difference on this team.
If he plays about 28 minutes per game (a very realistic number for someone his age coming off a serious injury) and produces 9 or 10 points (on about 44% shooting) and 6 or 7 assists (what I think he is most likely to produce with this team) that will hardly catapult this team into playoff contention...let alone championship contention. We are a slightly less than average team. Get over it. I am probably way more devastated and disappointed, to come to grips with that reality, than anyone else on here.
I am not saying that Nash won't help the team or be effective. I am saying something far worse...I am saying that we seriously overrated this team to begin with. I am saying that we are headed for, at best, a 45-37 record this season, and at worst a 35-47 record. We are simply too old and slow defensively, too young and inexperienced, or washed up and untalented, on the bench...and too fundamentally unsound (FTs, TOs) offensively. One man CANNOT fix all those problems. We must deal with it.
D'Antoni said Nash is better defensively now than before in Phoenix. I asked D'Antoni how, and he said ...
"Him hounding people, getting through picks and different things. He was a little bit better than they what they always said. Especially as a team defender, he's really good. His understanding of the game is really good. So it was never true that he couldn't defend. Or that we couldn't defend in Phoenix."
D'Antoni continued on to get in his general argument for how his small Suns teams were better defensively than most understood. (It is increasingly apparent that Mitch Kupchak was right about D'Antoni being motivated to prove with the Lakers that he can coach defense.) But D'Antoni got back to Nash's defense and added this interesting note: "He said he has worked on his leg strength in the last couple of years to get better at it, and he has."
JoelMyersScrotalSack wrote:Nash's inabilities on defense have always been overblown. It's just because he's an unathletic white guy that people automatically assume he should be terrible
I mean he's not going to win any all defensive teams, but he's smart. Similar to the way Bird was, neither guy was going to lock down their man but they understand the game well enough to know how to contribute on defense.
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