biggest problem is fisher by far.
These last 2 losses he has shot 4-17 from the field. And those are wide open looks with defenders playing off him helping out on kobe and pau. He is the worst defensive pg in the league. Bibby dropped the first 7 points of tonights game real quick with derek on him. Bench aint bringing it right now although farmar did get 16 tonight. Team isnt getting after it defensively and even though pau is still putting up numbers, he still plays soft around the rim on both ends. Not having Bynum hurts as well.
I expect them to win the title still, but when people talk about their weakness be sure to point the very first finger at derek. He's made his career in the playoffs though, so all laker fans can do is hope he puts it in another gear.
Lakers have no bench, aside from Lamar. And everyone knows Fisher is the Lakers 2nd biggest weakness aside from the bench. What you brought up isn't anything new. People just don't see it as often because when you're winning, weaknesses are shown much.
odom, farmar and brown are a solid bench. Not great, but not a huge weakness either. But losing bynum means odom starts so that hurts the bench. fisher is much bigger a problem then the bench in my book.
plus the last 3 losses to okc, no, and atl the other teams have jumped out to leads right from the get go while the starters were on the court. Thats on the whole team
dude the lakers have more problems than you realize....besides fisher
1) ron artest is no longer a lock down PERIMETER defender, sure he puts a body on guys like LeBron and Melo but they are much too quick for this older version of Artest
2)Slow wings, I really want to see what happens when the Lakers get deep in the playoffs and have to play teams like the Thunder and the nuggs and the Jazz. Can they run with them over a 5-7 game series...Kobe, Artest, and fisher make for probably the slowest and oldest backcourt in the playoffs...
3)Bynum, can he stay healthy? And when he is healthy, will he play consistent alongside Pau Gasol?
4)Kobe is slowly regressing. He has gotten shut down soo many times this year...Thabo puts the clamps on him everytime they play, butler defended kobe great last time they played, and Afflalo has been playing kobe well for a while now...
5) Will they get their minds right in time? Phil Jackson said he think the lakers are a long shot to repeat, this late in the season Kobe has to get on his teammates to play hard, they seem very disfunctional now
Still, I think we mighjt see a Cavs Lakers finals that every1 wants
i mentioned team defense, pau playing soft and the starters giving up leads early and i never said fisher was the only problem. just that he is the biggest problem right now since he isn;t even hitting open jumpers anymore. When thats the only thing you do and all the sudden you are throwing up bricks, then the lakers are playing 5 on 4 on both ends.
also, not sure what games you've been watching when you say thabo always puts the clamps on kobe. He locked him up last game, but before that the lakers were 3-0 vs the thunder with kobe averaging 33 a game on thabo
Kobe has been getting locked up quite a bit this season by many defenders
I really think the Laker could run into some serious problems. 82 game is a long season for these veterans. Youthful teams with quickness could very well upset them in the playoffs. Ron Artest is nowhere near what he was even 1 or 2 years ago. Bynum is their youth but he is constantly hurting or under performing. Gasol is solid, but he is not the strongest of big men and is relied on to be a top defender when Bynum is hurt. Fisher is a good general on the floor but he isn't near quick enough to keep up with guys like Williams, Westbrook, or Parker.
And as usual, this is the West. It is still strong. With SA as an 8th seed, Portland a 7, OKC a 6, and DENVER a 5, the competition already begins. Its gonna be a long road to the Finals.
Farmar isn't much of a PG. He's not the guy they thought he would be and Shannon Brown takes many bad shots. He shoots like if he was J.R. Smith only Jr's shot is alot nicer. The Lakers need a spark on offense off the bench.. They should have signed Von Wafer
maybe, but not by any one defender consistently. He has his bad games but he can score on any deffender out there. He gave thabo 40 the last time they met before htis week Tonight kobe had 28 on 12 of 21 shooting. he's doing his thing.
I think they should have looked at McCants or trade Farmar/maybe Brown/or Fisher for a near starting caliber PG. Collison would have been a huge pickup if he could have been gotten, although I don't remember what his appeal was prior to the trade deadline. They knew all this time a backup/starter PG was going to be something that they should have pursued given Fisher's age but they didn't pull the trigger. Now they might regret it. I think McCants would have been a nice scorer to add, although you also have to figure that triangle is not something that alot of guys can learn in a couple of months.
wonder how the lakers would be if they kept Ariza instead.