wallangong wrote:^^ LO played the SF under Rudy and at the beginning of this year. the year under Rudy had nothing to do with LO, we just weren't very good, Kobe was injured, LO finished the year injured. But the failure that year was not LO at the 3, it was the team missing the playoffs.
like i already said, Odom didn't play more than 10 games at SF this year. THAT is a much smaller sample size than the year under Rudy (over 200 3pt attempts while shooting 37%).
again, while not great, anyone shooting over 30% from 3 is not considered "horrible." his defensive struggles at the SF position also took place when we were one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA.
all i'm saying is i'm tired of people saying he CAN'T do this or he's "terrible" at that. the guy has had a 3 pt shot in the past, and the defensive issues might not exist when you have Twin Towers inside. for the right deal i'd trade LO, but i really can't fathom the short-term memory people have on this board.
So Lamar played like crap at the 3 during the Rudy year because the team played like crap? I think you got it reverse. Sure it wasn't only Lamar's fault but his poor play at the 3 didn't help our team play any better that year.
You keep on harping about the year he shot 37% as an indication that he can shoot the 3. And I will keep bringing up the rest of his career as a reason why he will never be good at the 3. With Gasol playing high post and Bynum playing low post, you need someone that commands respect at the 3. Now we can agree to disagree whether 30-ish percentage is good, but he does not carry that reputation as a threat at the 3 point line. Want to see what a big difference it is to have someone that can spread the floor and command defensive respect? Look at how big of a difference it is when we disrespect Rondo in the Boston series as compared to having House in the lineup.
I have nothing against Lamar. I sincerely hope we can keep him @ a cheaper rate. What I don't understand is why people say we should wait and see. There is really nothing to wait and see on because we know what Lamar can offer playing SF. He's just really a victim of circumstances and pecking order. Bynum needs to start at center. Gasol is too good to not start. Lamar is just the most expendable guy in regards to us having a better player playing his best position (PF).
But knowing how conservative Mitch is, more than likely we'll start the season with Lamar still on the roster.