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Old 01-18-2013, 03:17 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Gasol teh Staudomire of the Lakers! Jk
He needs to play a lot more center, he plays great as a center. Get him here, LAL and D'antoni are starting to realize it D:

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Old 01-18-2013, 08:02 PM   #22 (permalink)
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[quote='trane;737207]Or, y'know, pass...

Say wuuuuuut??? Pass? Pass is for practice not in games....
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:08 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Gasol teh Staudomire of the Lakers! Jk
He needs to play a lot more center, he plays great as a center. Get him here, LAL and D'antoni are starting to realize it D:
Dantoni and his system is so wrong for that team and it's roster. I was so excited to see what a Gasol/Howard frontcourt could do on offense and especially on defense.

I agree, Gasol would be great here in TO, an inside out game, stability, passive leadership (so as not to step on KL toes), defensive anchor, and his ability to pass would help KL as well. JV could a lot from him.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:45 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Clutch...been meaning to ask a couple things from your perspective, (and you probably have answered somewhere else) but what do you think about Gasol/Howard and Dantoni(and his system)? I enjoy watching Kobe when he's focused and motivated but can he maintain it without a serious leg injury?
Never liked the D'Antoni hire to begin with. Gasol and Howard doesn't work just like Gasol and Bynum didn't work. Bad spacing and Gasol is way less effective at PF. Especially on D. Remember, Gasol and Bynum didn't finish games under Phil - it was Gasol and Odom - because offensively and defensively it didn't work.

Coach makes it even worse by making Gasol a three point shooter.

Kobe won't last playing that type of D the rest of the season. This team has to go all out just to make the post season. Which won't be good for the playoffs, if they even make it.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:41 AM   #25 (permalink)
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I still don't see a great fit between Kobe and Nash. You've got this guy that can make plays for everybody, passing off the ball to Kobe so he can go one on five. That takes a lot of energy from Kobe, and then Kobe needs to makeup for the defensive weakness of the same guy whose abilities are wasted on offense. This team has meshed exactly the opposite the way the Celtics did in their first season.
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:30 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Can't stop Calderon. Not good.
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:57 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Can't stop Calderon. Not good.
Bryant was absolutely brutal yesterday. I've never seen him play worse.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:08 PM   #28 (permalink)
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this might as well be a Dwight diss lol
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:37 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Long article, but a very good one, that details a lot of the criticisms that some have with Kobe.

The truth about Kobe Bryant in crunch time - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN

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Bryant makes crunch-time defense easy for opponents by shooting just about every time he touches the ball (over a five-year period, he mustered 56 clutch shots, to go with one assist).

Fans of his raw machismo howl that such criticism misses the point, but the point is that when Bryant gets the ball in crunch time, it's a virtual certainty that he'll shoot it, and it's better than 2-1 odds that he'll miss.
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In the final 24 seconds of playoff games, Bryant has racked up almost as many air balls as makes, making just below 30 percent of game-tying or go-ahead shots. He hasn't hit such a shot in a playoff game, in fact, since 2008, including key misses in the closing moments against the Jazz and Magic in 2009, and the Thunder and Suns last spring. He made one of his four shots in the fourth quarter of Game 7 of last year's Finals.
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One of the key arguments in his favor is that he draws double-teams, which allows other Lakers to score. But that doesn't seem to happen much. Over Bryant's 15-year career, the Lakers have had the NBA's best offense, and second-best won-loss record. No other team can match their mighty 109 points per 100 possessions over the entire period.

You'd expect Los Angeles to also have one of the league's best offenses in crunch time, right? Especially with the ball in the hands of the player most suited to those moments.

That's not what happens, though. In the final 24 seconds of close games the Lakers offense regresses horribly, managing just 82 points per 100 possessions.
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Bryant's absolutely the best in the world at the game of winning the hearts and minds of crunch time. A lot goes into it: creating shots against any defense, staying calm, ignoring fear and more. It's about who most has the rest of the league by the throat. In that game, it's cowardly to pass the ball, and misses are merely the cost of doing business. In that game, degree of difficulty counts.

That game, though, is not basketball.

In basketball, entrusting the ball to the open teammate really does benefit the team. Remember when Jordan passed to a wide-open Bill Wennington in the lane? Or to Steve Kerr or John Paxson in the Finals?
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"I sometimes think Kobe is so addicted to being in control that he would rather shoot the ball when guarded, or even double-teamed, than dish it to an open teammate," Jackson wrote in his 2004 book "The Last Season." "He is saying to himself: how can he trust anyone else? Well, he should learn to trust ..."

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