Texas Lakers Fan wrote:I don't mean too sound cocky when I say this, but it's really hard to envision any team beating the Lakers in a seven game series provided their healthy. They've got every thing you need to win a championship. Offensively they're gonna very explosive. Nash will obviously be the playmaker and will make everyone around him better especially Kobe. His life will be so much easier because he can focus on just scoring the basketball. With all the weapons we'll have Dwight can just focus on defense and rebounding the basketball.
Defensively we have the best player in the game in Dwight Howard. He's so mobile he can make up for guys defensive mistakes. He's excellent in pick and roll on both sides of the ball. He made the Magic a very good defensive team even though he wasn't really playing with any good defenders. Now he'll be playing with several guys who are solid defenders. World Peace, Kobe, Jordan Hill, and Devin Ebanks. I would be stunned if we're not the #1 ranked team on both offense and defense.
One thing I forgot to mention in my original post is how Steve Nash excels with pick and roll bigs. You look at what he did in Phoenix with Amare. What he's done with some other guys. You look at Gasol and Howard. From an offensive stand point these are two of the best if not the best pick and roll bigs in the game. They'll practically be spoon fed layups, dunks, and alley oops. Teams are gonna have to double off of World Peace. Either that or get killed by the Lakers deadly pick and roll offense. MWP just has to keep the defense honest and make them pay for not respecting his jumper.
^^ I agree pretty much 100% with this post Texas Lakers Fan. Health will be the biggest concern for the year. The personnel is one of the most phenomenal I've ever seen, especially that starting five. From all indications they should be a superb fit with one another, too. Incredibly complimentary players - Howard and Nash, Nash and Pau, Pau and Howard, Kobe with all three, and Ron there to focus on stopping the elite wing players such as Durant and Lebron. I don't think we could have dreamed up a better starting 5.
Along with the addition of Nash who just improves everything right off the bat, to me the Howard acquisition is just as important for us winning a championship. While I agree the level of disparity between Bynum and Howard is debatable at this point, the two are still very different stylistically. It's precisely the style of play and focus that make Howard SO much better for this team. First, he's a dominant pick and roll player on both sides of the ball. On offense, pairing him with the supreme pick and roll PG in Nash is just genius. I dare any team to try and stop that play. I don't know what they are going to do, but that's going to be a daunting task. Those two are seemingly made to play together.
Bynum on the other hand excels in the post and while Nash can feed the post as well as anyone who's played, to make him a dump it in PG takes away from his creativity and strengths on the court. The P and R should be his bread and butter, and his ability to probe and Howard's ability to cut and be active are just a perfect match. The same goes for Nash and Gasol. Plus Gasol has the added ability to pick and pop well, and he can also survey the floor and hit cutters or Howard down low. It's just tantalizing to think of these two bigs paired up with Nash. Unreal.
Then on the defensive end Howard's ability and willingness to cover the pick and roll and to help is just what we need. Bynum played his best ball for us when he was playing like Dwight Howard. But he just didn't focus enough on the defensive end. Now we HAVE Dwight Howard, and he is still mostly concerned with the defensive end of the floor and rebounding. It's a perfect fit for this team, especially as Nash is going to need that help badly. Bynum has been totally capable of Howard-like defense, but just not committed to it. Now we get the consistency we've always wanted. It's huge. Just as huge as what Nash brings on the offensive end.
Lastly, we have now two other head coaches who have bolstered the staff. That was my biggest concern going forward with Nash and Howard on board. Could this coach win it all? Well, with Eddie Jordan coaching the offense and Bernie Bickerstaff, one of Brown's old mentors, overseeing the operation, I think we're going to have a much better situation here.