wcsoldier81 wrote: BDG wrote:
KB24 wrote:Every thing about this team sucks starting with the coach and ending with the chemistry.
every player except Clark, Nash and Kobe has under-delivered.
This completely, 100%, sums up our season.
and the greatly missed Jordan Hill ...
thats 100% accurate. Too bad really.
Its not just inability. We have also really had some poor luck. Gasol all season was having some itches, Hill hurt for the year, now Gasol again hurt for extended time, Howard never getting healthy, Nash missing 20+ games right at the start of the season, Blake although useless getting hurt for a long time. The losing also certainly contributed to the terrible locker room atmosphere where all people are fighting each other, the coach change right at the beginning of the season once again throwing our camp under the bus and so forth...things really didn't come the way they should.
All of that said...they still have enough talent to be way way better than what they are so no excuses. No reason why this team ever got to 17-25...thats unheared of. Everybody is worried about himself, IMO Kobe this year failed at leadership with all the issues going on in the locker room and the coach isn't able to handle the egos obviously, Fisher is greatly missed at this department. Nor is any player in the locker room to calm others down to work for eachother like Fisher would have. Defense is mostly companionship and effort and has been non-existent. The 3 point shooting has been awful, the lack of inside game glaring, the poor rebounding a result of lack of mentality. Also blowing leads all year and an inability to close games out in the 4th. The bench has been widely inconsistent and simply not good enough. Jamison has some offense but is putrid on D and Meeks is a hit or miss (although mostly miss). The rest is dead weight except for Hill who got hurt and Gasol.
The only real positive was Clark and his incredible story. Also I can say Kobe's efficiency was higher than expected, so also his recent adjustments. Nash's shooting is still there but age clearly takes away from the dominance. Hill came into the season in great shape and really was one of the best players, let alone bench players.
Most disappointing are Dwight and Gasol for various reason although mainly because neither embraced his new role within the club. Gasol wants to be under the rim, Howard too...and both want lots of touches. Its obvious that cannot work. Then we hired D'Antoni to rejuvenate Nash (who was useless under Brown) and fail so bad that we are now playing half-court basketball with ISOs and post ups but for this offense, D'Antoni is NOT the right coach so its a double fail.
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