therealdeal wrote:^ To be fair, he'll have Tyson's bigger, better brother behind him this season.
Oh I agree, but his minutes will go up, he's got Nash out back with him instead of CP360, and hand checking while not completely banned (despite the myth that it is) is certainly, shall we say "frowned upon" if abused.
Oh I'm not saying he'll be a great defender, just pointing out that he'll be (or at least look) fine.
I think he'll actually be better than we've seen the last couple years in LA. Kobe is generally receptive to the team around him. When he plays in the All-Star game, he plays differently than when he plays with LA. Part of that is because it's only one game in limited time, but some of that is because he loves playing with guys that are young and athletic. The last two years have been pretty negative and he sacrificed his defense greatly to be able to carry the load defensively. There's a few things that'll help keep him honest defensively:
1. Dwight will be there and he'll feel more confident out there.
2. Nash is there to take part of the load offensively, giving him more general energy.
3. Meeks is here to give him legitimate rest in games.
Im not saying he'll ever be great again, but he'll be better than we've seen from him these last couple years. Playing with Howard and Peace, he's going to want to prove he's still a good defender in his own right. I'd say he'll at least be decent this season.
Back on topic though, I think this thread has run it's course. I can see Martin getting an offer pretty soon here for more than the minimum. I think that's what he's waiting for. Especially since he won't get a ton of time in LA. Then again he probably won't get a ton more time in Brooklyn either. Who knows? Maybe we'll keep getting lucky here.