JGC wrote:^ IMO, the worst offenders on the team in that department are Kobe, Gasol and Jamison. Nash tries, you see him fight through screens and stuff like that. Dwight tries, MWP tries. Those other 3 guys don't try. I think saying they 'sometimes' take a possession off is an overstatement.
To me, it's more like they 'sometimes' give effort on the defensive end and that's just unacceptable especially from two guys who have been on this team, knows what it takes to succeed and are considered leaders of this team in Kobe and Gasol.
Yeah, I think you're right.
I think Kobe gets caught roaming too often. Like others pointed out, he's played that way for years, but now he lacks the speed to recover like he used to. He's still very capable on that end, but some games he just doesn't contribute until late. I think putting him on shooters isn't a good idea. I know the coaches probably think putting him on the best or second best player would tire him out, but I think it would be worth it, because his man D is always very good. When he's asked to guard the likes of Irving/CP3/Westbrook etc he actually does a very good job. Putting him on shooters sometimes doesn't work as well because he tends to roam and try and get steals or whatever, and with him and the team not rotating well enough on a regular basis that basically kills us.
Pau and Jamison are sometimes just overpowered / ran past because they are weak/slow; still I agree they don't try hard enough.
Nash does try, and there are many instances where I find his D very adequate. However, there have been games where his D was just flat out terrible, and in key stretches of those games, like the last home game against Denver or the last one against Philly. He couldn't defend to save his life, to the point where I was thinking if keeping him out there was actually helping us. He need to be able to hide his deficiencies in such stretches more effectively.