Okay...I'm disappointed in the loss...I won't lie. Let me try to explain how this happened. Shaq is not Shaq and we will see the Shaq I'm talking about once the 28th comes around. That can only explain the second chance points of all those damn offensive rebounds. I also feel that Malone is a little lost in the offense, but he's a real smart player and will figure out his spots on the floor. Once that happens, him and Shaq can have great high post low post game and he will contribute to more defensive rebounds.
Also something I noticed, is that our defense needs alot of tweaking. I'm real happy about the offense, but the defense can be way more tenacious then what I saw tonight. Granted they are the Clippers, but still the Lakers forced alot of turnovers....those weren't bad plays on the Clippers part....that was real intense D on the Lakers part. But it can get way better. Kobe and Devean blew alot of coverages which led to Shaq getting some cheap fouls.
Now for the positives....we ran the hell out of our team. We are gonna be up and down this year and that is going to be exciting. There were several trips down the court that when the Lakers were set up in their half court sets, the ball didn't hit the floor once leading to either open jumpers or Shaq throwing in a lot of gimmes, but with no avail.
Bottom line: Our starters will kill any starting 5 in the league and when that chemistry kicks in which I give till Mid December...we are going to see something special folks. There was balanced scoring and statistically the Lakers were gold besides the 2nd chance points they gave up. I'm excited for this team and we are for real. I'm not guaranteeing a flawless record immediately. I am however guaranteeing that this squad will threaten that Bulls record and will set the standard for the NBA this season.