Originally Posted by BØBØ
Bertka is the head of scouting for now.
Lakers buy a ton of video from Elias Sports and other houses as do most teams now. They have a state of the art video room that would make a few new rooms blush. In 5 years teams will hardly have feet on the ground for scouting, the video is just as good. Plus with all the rules in place for tampering on the pro level, even in the D league and as much trouble as college kids get for even looking at a scout sideways there's no reason to be there anymore.
Europe is headed up by Ettore Messina 4 or 5 time Euroleague championship winning coach, Euroleague coach of the year too I believe. He's not a Phil Jackson but in Europe he's looked upon in the same light. This man knows his basketball and between him Moser and Bertka the Lakers have a first rate scouting department.
Why the Lakers don't respond is simple. They never have and never will respond to peons. Dwyer is a blogger. And think back when was the last time you can remember the Lakers setting the record straight? Only people they respond to is when one of their own steps or speaks out of line like when Kobe spouted off about Pau recently as an example.
If the Lakers started responding to every false rumor or poorly written article they'd have no time to play basketball.
thanks for the info again bobo, I read a handfull of nice articles about Bill Bertka, including from a book written by Pat Riley where Riles shared how thought he just formulated a great defensive scheme only to be embarassed when Bill pulled out a book showing that exact concept. Unfortunately, Bertka would be 85 yrs old this year. I can't help but wonder how much work exactly he is putting in or how focussed/sharp is he nowadays. Collecting and watching tons of videos is a great tool to scout but what about doing extra research re: their character? How they communicate with coaches etc? I mean I always felt that former UCLA Bruin might be a good asset for the NBA until I read how bad is this guy's character recently.
Another great point is about the presence of Ettorre Messina.
About not responding to articles written by outsiders, well, what about fans, esp those season ticket holders?
I have a friend who is one, he explained how Mitch and some of his associates tried to reach out to them, communicate via town hall meetings esp before the arrival of Pau, that they are "trying", during the time they were struggling...