Ah yes, my thread... My beautiful thread...
Well here after a 4 game win streak my thread looks much nicer
There's plenty to be optimistic about, but there's only one thing that I think we can all agree on: Nash makes this team better and he's back and playing.
I have been one of the few asking for patience with our coach and a little bit of patience with our players. I agree we should have won most of the games we've lost thus far, but I wanted to wait until Nash was back.
/tooting my own horn
D'Antoni's offense was built literally around Steve Nash and how he can change and affect games. He was the muse to this system. Since D'Antoni was hired we haven't seen a legitimate PG running this system and I think it was clear on Saturday exactly how potent this offense can be. Yes, it was a close game, but there was a TON of flaws in the offense and it STILL looked great. Pau will get used to some of those passes from Nash. Howard will get more comfortable with Nash's roll. Kobe will continue to get wide open look after wide open look. And of course as they continue adapting to Nash, he'll continue finding holes in every defense.
This team has a real chance to be one of the most potent offensive teams the Lakers have fielded.
Defensively we have a long ways to go, but we have some role players that really have the ability to lock down when they're called upon. The lineup of Duhon(Morris), Meeks, Artest, Hill, Howard is really potent defensively and can really put the clamps on most other teams. The problem is our starters struggling on that end, but as the offense improves I think the defense will too. Not to mention Howard will continue to heal up and get better and as that happens, we'll get better as a unit.