kray28 wrote:LO7cK35 wrote:Like u said he can hit the occasional three but I really love his back to the basket game. How many times have we seen him back his defender down and score inside with ease. He's not as good as radman behind the 3 point line but he's def not radman on defense either. He gets in there and he does his job. what more do people want from him? its not like we are vastly overpaying him or anything then i would understand.
I'm sorry to break this to you...but this is utterly and totally devoid of fact.
His occasional threes are well.... occasional...which loosely translated also means "almost never".
He thinks he has a back to the basket game...it's pitiful and ugly to watch like a Mastiff trying to bang a Yorkie.
The scoring with ease is something that doesn't actually happen...because inevitably the Yorkie puts up a fight.
If you wanted to compare his defense with Radman, you'd be subscribing to myth that Radman totally sucks on defense....actually that's Luke, Radman is simply mediocre and at time actually quite serviceable especially as a man defender. I encourage you watch tapes of last year's playoffs if you don't find this to be true.
Your last point about Luke not being "vastly overpaid" is not in touch with reality. There are five guys on the current squad who make more money than Luke Walton:
Fish and Sasha are paid a couple hundred K per year more than Luke, but Luke deal is for five more seasons after this one.
I feel like you watch different laker games than I do or something i don't know. Because your arguments just don't make much sense to me. Almost everytime I see luke taking it inside something good comes out of it. The guy is obviously stronger than he looks and usually backs the opposing player down with ease and scores with no problem.
and the fact that your saying radmanovic is a better defender than luke ( especially man on man defender) makes me very . Radman is the definition of a revolving door. He is slow, no reaction just stands there as anyone and everyone blows by him which is the only reason he never got playing time.
We know Radmanovic hit the three consistently but if thats the case why would he never play? Because he could not guard ANYOONEEE. Don't you think that if his defense was as good as u say it was he would have gotten more playing time? I don't remember what game it was but there was a time He was knocking down 3 after 3 and Phil took him out because he was giving up points like crazy on defense. Whoever was announcing the game even took note of this. His defense is the Sole reason he lost his starting job to Luke