Mr_Hollywood_Line wrote:revgen wrote:2nd of all, Phil didn't put LO and Pau on the floor in crunch time because he trusted them more than Bynum. He put them on the floor because they open up driving lanes for Kobe.
You're essentially making my point for me here. When the offense is structured around Kobe, then the job of opening up the aforementioned lanes is, by definition, "the heavy lifting" - particularly late in close games.revgen wrote:If Jackson trusted Pau and LO as much as you say, Kobe wouldn't be the one with the ball in crunchtime.
This argument is invalid insofar as we're comparing Bynum to LO and Pau - not comparing LO and Pau to Kobe.revgen wrote:Pau and LO are both playmakers, yet all of the plays are run through Kobe. They simply fit in better as drive and dish players Kobe can play off of. Even JVG said so during the ABC telecasts. He was appalled that Jackson would take out Bynum, their best shot-blocker, during crunchtime. Mike Breen told JVG that Phil said that he believed Pau and Odom were better defensively, which JVG scoffed at and pointed out that the LO and Pau simply make it easier for Kobe to drive by opening up the lanes.
Once again, you're making my point for me, i.e., demonstrating how Pau and LO were more essential or indispensable to the Lakers' success in crunch time (given that Kobe was option #1.)
1) Heavy lifting is when more pressure is put upon a player. Kobe was the one doing the "heavy lifting" during crunchtime, not LO or Pau.
2) You made the claim that Jackson trusted LO + Pau more than Bynum. As in, he trusted their decision-making. If that's true, then he would have given them more or equal responsibility in the 4th quarter. Not less. Both Pau and LO carried more responsibility in quarters 1, 2, and 3 than they ever did in the 4th quarter where they stood around and got out of Kobe's way. Trust has absolutely nothing to do with Pau+LO playing in the 4th quarter over Bynum.
3) Being "essential" and "indispensable" is not the same as "heavy lifting". A starter motor is necessary and indispensable, since you can't start the car without it, yet it's the engine that does the heavy lifting.