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Lakers real problem

Everyone see's the writing on the wall. Brown will get the blame. However, I see whats behind the wall. Lakers can stop opposing team's back-court. Steve Nash is old and a one-trick pony. Your most skilled player will once again be ignored. Lakers have no bench. Eventually Kobe will get jealous when Dwight Howard MVP chants start and will take shots away from Dwight which will only improve Dwight's chances because he'll be slamming down all Kobe's misses.


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The panic button has been hit with a sledgehammer. I don't agree with Nash being a one trick pony, not sure with Kobe and Dwight thing. What I do agree with is the Lakers unable to stop teams backcourt, along with Nash being old. Lol and Dwight MVP chants will fall on deaf ears, because the top two candidates are LeBron and Durant. A dark horse could be Melo. Idk anything can happen really. We all need to settle down on the whole Laker fiasco though. Because they could easily be 0-3 soon, they go up against the Clippers next.

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They lack team speed in a

They lack team speed in a speed league. They also dont have enough outside shooting and their bench sucks, so does their coach.

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A major kanundrum.

Nash is possibly the best offensive pg in the league in a fast system, but they've chosen a slow-paced system that will likely never match his strengths. And Nash is essentially incompatible with a defensive-minded system. He's been a swinging door for years and there's no chance their D will feel balanced with every speedy 1 rushing into the paint at will when he's on the floor. The Lakers need to up the tempo, or the Nash acquisition will have been a waste. His huge value (which is very real) cannot be tapped into unless he's sprinting. His major talent is his rare ability to see the entire floor and stay in full control while running at full speed. His ability to knock down shots at a hyper-efficient rate is secondary and, as we've seen, his opportunities decrease when he can't create them for himself.

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Agreed with Bloodshy. What

Agreed with Bloodshy.

What makes Nash so effective is his skill and decision making on offense. The Lakers should be using Nash to create the offense not be a part of it. Since Nash was never one to blow by defenders, his entire game relies upon misdirection and deception. This is much easier to do on the break then it is on a walk it up, half court offense. In addition Nash is playing off the ball ALOT. When you have the best ball handling offensive wizard in the league (next to chris paul) why take his touches away from him?...especially since Nash uses his touches to create offense for others, not chuck bombs like Kobe.

I did notice that everyone in the Lakers starting 5 is getting assists. In that regard, I suppose the Princeton offense is working and it will be further refined as the players gell, however, even if the princeton offense ends up being flawless, is it better then letting Nash run the show?

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You guys over emphasize

You guys over emphasize everything it's 2 games don't forget that the heat were 10-8 thought their first 6 weeks together and the problem is chemists that they do not fully understand the offense and where everyone should be during the princeton offense, on defense the problem is that they are late on their rotations and in all honestly those are all problems that deal with chemistry and can be fixed with time.

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It's only two games. There is

It's only two games. There is no reason to think that the Lakers area all of a sudden going to fall apart.. There are a lot of new pieces there that will take some time before they're all clicking in sync... The team as a whole does have less depth than a kiddie pool though. Which may be cause for concern over a long season..

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one bold question:

If the Lakers use Nash with a fast tempo, running fastbreaks, who will run the break with him? Kobe and Artest? They are not lebron and Wade in terms of finishing, well maybe the aging Kobe could still finish, but it think they are not build as a running team.

Lakers are shooting high percentages, but letting more higher percentages.

Howard is still stiff on the defense, taking it easy from surgery, he has effective on the offensive end, since no one cant stop him.

How can this Roster be used more efectively? they dont need D`antoni to run and gun, but i am quite sure Nash could run the P&R with Howard and Gasol, P&P with Gasol, and run some Isos for Bryant from time to time.

Defense and Bench are the key problems, if Steve blake is your best bench player you are really in trouble.

So doing a better mix with the starting lineup would be more savvy.

How do you stiff the defense: in time, chemistry and with Howard being more Howard their defense will improve, but they dont need to be the 1st in defence, maybe 10th, but they can be the 1st on offense unleashing the power of Nash, who can still create on the halcourt as he did in Phoenix the last couple of years where he didnt have Amare and Marion, and still manage to dish 10+ assists.

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The Lakers have Never been a

The Lakers have Never been a team,that Sits around and Wait to see if things will get Worse!!! Mike Brown when be gone,if he doesnt straighten things out in the next 15 to 20 games,he's gone.........They need a more creative offensive minded coach....

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That princeton garbage is gonna be LA's downfall!

Put the ball in Nash' hands and let him do what they brought him there to do... That simple lol

...And the lakers may have the worst bench in the league besides the hornets (Just Sayin')

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simple, the Lakers just need

simple, the Lakers just need to play tougher b/c nothing will be given to them, they are going to have to work for it, its that simple

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The panic button has been hit

The panic button has been hit with a sledgehammer. I don't agree with Nash being a one trick pony, not sure with Kobe and Dwight thing. What I do agree with is the Lakers unable to stop teams backcourt, along with Nash being old. Lol and Dwight MVP chants will fall on deaf ears, because the top two candidates are LeBron and Durant. A dark horse could be Melo. Idk anything can happen really. We all need to settle down on the whole Laker fiasco though. Because they could easily be 0-3 soon, they go up against the Clippers next.

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The Lakers bench doesn't

The Lakers bench doesn't suck, simply haven't been properly utilized @Siggy.

Meeks is a capable scorer who can make it rain from outside. His defense is severly underrated as he is a more than adequate defender on this end of the court who doesn't back down.

Jamison is a seasoned vet who has played somewhat passive early in the season due to trying to orchestrate the offense telling players where to go and trying to help them learn what to do in the princeton. His spot up deep ball will eventually start to drop where he led the league last year. The inside game will eventually come once Nash is allowed to break defense's down on a consistent basis.

Ebanks has potential and is at the very least a solid defener ATm. His jumper has extended each year. Once he learns how to make more of an impact beside of the starters, he'll still be simply having a good night and quite a few bad nights.

Hill is developing into quite the consistent bench big for LAL and a blossoming 6th man early on. His scoring numbers have stayed right around 10 and he's a consistent rebounder who is looking like a guy who could be a double doube player. Consistency has been the biggest factor in him developing this year. Fouls are down and the confidence is up.

The PG position isn't the greatest with Blake being the primary backup as a guy who telegraphs his post entry passes and can't shoot. Duhon is a good shooter from deep, but his inability to even get the ball past halfcourt if pressured makes him a liabilty. Morris the biggest hope and with the injury to Nash, he has actually had a few good, impact games as of late. His jumper looks better, he has been the best PG defender on the team so far with constant pressure D, has finally found things slowing down for him all of a sudden.

The team simply couldn't develop under the Princeton as their roles were never defined. As Jackson put it when asked about this team over a mont ago, you have to find a way to have Nash still be able to do his thing but still get Kobe what he needs and find him in crucial moments where kobe is at his best. Pau can play anywhere on the court and fit nearly any role so no prob for him, and Dwight needs to be down low or setting picks. Find everyone a role and have it clearly defined then you will play elite ball.

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