air gordon wrote:You are missing the point, friend. Being in denial is a very powerful thing...
I'm not your friend, guy.
Lebron guards Rose because he can. James is versatile enough to do that. Yeah I know Pf/C defensive assignments can be interchangeable. They do it in Chicago. Boozer will guard the opposition’s bigger guy and Noah takes the more mobile guy if you will.
But with the Lakers that is not the case. 3 time DPOY Dwight Howard has no business chasing PF’s on the perimeter. Gasol is forced to guard the other team’s quicker/perimeter shooting PF.
Again I will mention that “stretch” 4’s/5’s are the new trend. We all know that Gasol is not suited to guard these types of players.
And again as I said when Howard was acquired- it is not a good fit for Gasol on offense. His greatest advantage was being able to face up on big guys. Now you no longer have the slow, fat guy guarding Gasol. You have him being guarded by these uber athletic PF’s that are mostly quicker/some stronger than him. And there's no spacing because Howard is around the basket.
If you want to run post up’s for Gasol- where do you put Howard? Don’t embarrass yourself again and say “in the post”.
Chasing PF's on the perimeter? Griffin really isn't that much of a stretch four who plays on the perimeter. Wouldn't it make sense for Howard to guard the other teams quicker big since he is indeed quicker/more athletic?
Saying Gasol's "greatest advantage was being able to face up on big guys" is doing serious injustice to the back to the basket facet of his game.
You put Howard where you put Bynum before, on the weak side/high post. Play through Gasol, I don't understand how this baffles some people. You play through Howard he does his herky-jerky back down spin and gets either stripped or fouled to go shoot bricks. Put Gasol in that position, instead of having Howard move to the perimeter like D'Antoni is doing with Gasol, put him at the opposite side. Gasol is skilled enough to either make a post move on his own or find a cutting player (screen by Howard around the high post maybe), if Gasol's defender is being helped by Howards defender either have Howard go for the lob pass or pass to the player whose defender has switched to Howard.
I don't understand how you can find it more logical to give the ball to Howard who isn't as offensively skilled in the post, instead of at least TRYING to let Gasol run the offense from the post.
Is it the ideal offense? No. You would love a Kevin Love in this situation...but the fact D'Antoni doesn't even attempt something different goes to show he's not this offensive guru they make him out to be.
NovU wrote:Are we ever gonna admit Kobe's ball huggery and Dwight's unwillingness(to play by it) are killing the chemistry.
Kobe has always been second fiddle to his bigs. The magic was in Jackson who made him believe he was either taking a back seat to let Shaq do his thing while he sacrificed MVP's (giggle) and that he was the focal point of the offense with Gasol/Odom/Bynum.