therealdeal wrote:I'm positive. Nash's abilities with this team will be most useful in getting our bench unit going. Our starters in Kobe, Gasol, and Howard will get their own. Nash with that unit can honestly take a nap and we'll still be effective.
With the bench he can make sure our leads stay leads. That's where he'll be the most useful.
You may be right realdeal. But I'm going to hope that Brown simplifies things in terms of his crazy rotations. I'd love to see a more Phil type rotation with starters going out and the bench mob coming in. Knowing Brown he probably won't do that and with tinker with all kinds of lineups and then fall into something really strange and awkward like Blake and Nash at the same time.
But really to me the ideal would be the older starters: Nash, Kobe, Ron Ron, Gasol - playing about 33-35 minutes per game. Nash a little less - 32 more likely. Then the bench guys shoring things up for about 15 minutes a game (7 and a half per half). That's reasonable and would take a lot of the load off the vets.
I think the bench mob of Blake, Meeks, Ebanks, Jamison and Hill could hold it down. Once Dwight gets his sea legs back he and Gasol could each put in a little time with the bench guys to bolster their play (Dwight when healthy can certainly play 37 a game, so can Pau). Hill is the weak link at center so getting in our 7 footers for a couple minutes extra each would be nice.
With the bench unit Blake is fine to run the system, Meeks and Jamison will be the scorers and I think Ebanks' athleticism, ability to cut to the hoop and shoot the mid-range will be good. Hill can pick up the garbage as he does so well. While it would have been ideal to have an uptempo guy like Sessions lead the bench, or even a guy like Nate Robinson, I'm hoping that Blake recovers a little bit of his past confidence. He needs to be a leader out there and not so terribly inconsistent. But I think that starts with a consistent role. He needs to just be a backup PG. Not a SG, not in with the starters like last year. And I'm hoping that Duhon doesn't prove to be a big distraction either. I can see Mike Brown fiddling around and using him and Blake in together, or using him instead of Blake at times, or just whatever confusing kind of nonsense. Brown has to have his options limited in terms of lineups. Otherwise he gets crazy.