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Old 10-04-2006, 10:24 PM   #1
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The Los Angeles Times: The Lakers would just as soon forget their final three games of last season, which included a lot of Steve Nash, a little bit of Tim Thomas and then a lot more of Nash.

What was a cozy 3-1 lead dissipated quickly amid the revival of the Phoenix Suns, who ran rampant over the Lakers and averaged 120.3 points in the final three games of their first-round playoff series.

The Suns were a surge of offense against most teams last season, but Lakers coaches still forced themselves a few weeks ago to watch tape of their series. A sampling of what they saw: Nash continually blowing by Lakers guards and little or no help from the big men.

Fast forward to Tuesday, the first day of training camp, and the Lakers barely touched the triangle offense, centering instead on defense.

“We’re basically doing the same things we tried to get across to the players last year, but we obviously fell and had great lapses throughout the season in games and in critical situations,” said assistant coach Kurt Rambis, who will run the team during Phil Jackson’s absence. “Hopefully our guys will understand that as soon as they go from offense that it’s not a pat on the back and a sigh of relief — they’re immediately into defense and they can turn that around to create some more offense for us.”

Kobe Bryant, watching practice from a courtside massage table after a light individual workout, estimated that 85% to 90% of Tuesday’s four-hour session was geared toward defense.

Bryant, for his part, was back on the all-defensive team last season after failing to make it there the year before. The Lakers as a whole also improved, rising to 15th in points allowed after plummeting to 27th in the league in 2004-05.

The offense, buoyed by Bryant’s 35.4 point per game, rose to seventh overall, but the defense simply wasn’t effective enough when it mattered.

“If we’re going to make the playoffs and think about advancing and trying to beat some of the top teams in the league, my man [Bryant] is not going to get 81 three games in a row or nothing like that,” forward Lamar Odom said. “We didn’t win enough what I would call ugly games. If you watch the Detroits, they do a good job of that. The Miami Heat, even the Dallas Mavericks to get to the championship, that’s what you’ve got to do. We’ve got to improve on winning ugly, and defense will help you.”

Love to see that everyone seems to know what to focus on here. I think the chemistry of this team at least from an outsiders perception looks really really good. Even the Mo evans, the v-rads and the rooks seem to really mesh with eachother well.
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Old 10-04-2006, 10:50 PM   #2
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I saw this article as well. You'all have heard me say it here... Defense wins championships!
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Old 10-04-2006, 11:49 PM   #3
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the lakers coaches may not be the smartest by tey are definitely the hardest working coaches.

They are apparently working on a running game too to go with the triangle and Guys like BYnum and Farmar just might contribute immediately.
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Old 10-05-2006, 09:56 AM   #4
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We must emphasize on the fact that being ranked 15th defensive team in the league is just mediocre and nothing to brag about . The areas we particularly need to focus on is in defending the paint where we we're extremely lousy at ranked 22nd, w/our bigs not being too familiar w/the system in their 1st year (Kwame, Bynum and Turiaf) and also not getting enough PT (Bynum & Turiaf) has alot to do with that. Also factor in the injuries to mihm and that made us a team that was definitely soft in the middle sort of like a donut w/a hole in the middle. We also have to look at last years' pathetic underachievers known as our bench warmers , in those regards our lousy a** bench was ranked 27th on defense which in reality made our bench the 3rd worst defensive scrubs in the league.
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well the reason our bench was 27th is because Walton, Cook, injured mckie,

but we had some good guys like george, Sasha.
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We have improved on D in many ways....

Kwame is stronger.
Bynum is STRONGER!
Mo Evans is a solid defender (I've only seen him once personally).
Kobe's legs will be better, he will be better.
Smush should be better.
Another year of experience.
I hope with many returning players, we work better together on D.

Defense wins championships.
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