themasterphil wrote:Problem with Lakers is really simple. They are just too slow for NBA basketball in this moment. If you have Metta, Nash, Pau in first five that just cant work, no chance. Beside that there is MDA system with really slow players, thats good way for disaster nothing else. In Pau absence Clark was in and they have some chance to defend transition, now its impossible. You need to have quick guards and one really fast and athletic PF. We dont have anything of that. So for me this season is gone. Q is can they take one or two games in first round and thats it. If you want to win in this league right now you need SPEED SPEED SPEED.
I agree whole heartedly. The team is too old in too many key spots to be able to handle the schedule. I mean 2nd game of a back to back has been almost automatically a loss all season. They are too slow to play effective half court defense for a complete game or transition defense at any point during a game.
And in terms of winning a title....its not 2008 anymore. These "young and/or athletic" teams like OKC, Miami, Denver and Memphis have experience in the playoffs and aren't going deer in the headlights. Even the Spurs are really young outside of Ginobili, Duncan and Parker. Our "experience" just isn't enough anymore. This offseason needs to see a few of these 1 years moved like Pau, Metta and Blake for some youth and talent, even if it isn't a perfect talent for talent return. Next year will be the exact same if this same team stays intact.