The Lakers are the NBA's version of the Philadelphia Eagles.. All they're missing is Vince Young calling them a dream team. Just because you sign a bunch of big names and previous all stars that doesn't mean you're going to have a great team if the chemistry doesn't fit.
Jodie Meeks and Jamison may be the worst defenders at their positions in the entire league. These guys lack the attributes to guard their position. They shouldn't play. Problem is that there is no one that can step in for Meeks and pretend to hit shots. Thanks Potato Head for cutting Goudelock.
1-Age: Lack of Athletic Defense
2-Gasol Needs To Learn How To Rebound!
3-Howard No Offensive Post Game!
4-Bryant Doesnt Create Crap for Others!
5-Nash Is No Longer a Slasher: See 1-Age
6-Chemistry Sucks and Coaching Is Terrible
7-Artest (Refuse To Call Him That Dumb Name) is No Longer a Defensive Beast: See 1-Age
It's at least a little bit about effort. Almost every time the Nuggets had a fastbreak/transition opportunity off a Laker turnover or long miss, the Lakers were barely even making an effort to make it look like they were kinda sorta trying to get back.
That's not really a surprise, though, because their transition/fastbreak defense has been atrocious all season long.
I agree that defense is mostly about effort and it's something I've heard JVG who's one of the brightest defensive minds say countless amount of times. Does athletic ability help, you bet.. a athletically gifted player paired with the effort on the defensive end can be a special defender, but it's not the be all end all. Last I checked the two best man 2 man defenders of the better part of the last decade + were Bruce Bowen and Shane Battier and neither were ever athletic specimens... throw in a undersized PF who can barely jump over a tuna can in Chuck Hayes and you have another. Hell even milky Ryan Bowen was able to scratch out a living as a defensive specialist for JVG.. Is anyone ever going to confuse him as someone with athletic skills? Look your team hired Mr. Pringles and he doesn't stress defense, this is how all his teams have played defensively.. it's his M.O. Is it really that shocking that the Lakers aren't a good defensive team. I bet with the same personel JVG would make them respectable on that end.
It's a lack of youth and athleticism at every spot except C. The youth we have elsewhere is either unathletic or untalented lol
I guess "joy" and 'spirit" doesn't guard anyone
Well what do you expect when the head coach spends a whole 30 minutes on defense! Don't look for things to get better with D'Antoni as head coach. In the offseason the Lakers will sign some one dimensional shooters to fit into the D'Antoni system. What do you expect from the same coach that straight up said he wouldn't play Corey Brewer because he can't shoot 3's