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Old 04-02-2008, 08:33 AM   #1
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Default Lakers injuries: a blessing in disguise

I think the injury to our bigs(and Ariza) has been a blessing in disguise. Here are the reasons why.

1) Their absence has given our bench players to play significant minutes, and in doing so to develop their game so that they will be able to contribute when the playoffs come.

2) The absence of Gasol gave Odom a chance to display the maturity and the toughness that he has developed over this year. In other words, it put pressure on Odom, and he responded well. Now, for the first time in his career, Odom is playing at the level we all knew he could.

3) It has made our team somewhat of a mystery to the rest of the league. The truth is that no team has played against or even seen our team at full strength(w/ Odom at the 3, Gasol at the 4, and Bynum at the 5), so it has been impossible for anyone to prepare to face us.

The art of war says know the opponent and know thyself, and in a thousand battles you will never suffer defeat. We know what every other team is about, but none of the teams know what we are about because they haven't played us with our two bigs, so they can not prepare for war against us.

Trust me guys, we will be at 100% for the playoffs,and that is all that matters. This our year.
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Old 04-02-2008, 08:42 AM   #2
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Default Re: Lakers injuries: a blessing in disguise

Interesting post... the Lakers could have made a similar argument about injuries last season...

But lets just hope that the Bigs get back in time to be effective in the playoffs. This could be critical to the Lakers success this season.



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Old 04-02-2008, 10:54 AM   #3
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Default Re: Lakers injuries: a blessing in disguise

I like the way you think, like Shakespeare said, nothing is necessarily good or bad, it's the opinion that makes it that way.
If the Lakers can turn this into something positive anget stronger from it, what more to ask for?
I guess the best thing perhaps is that they have been faced with their own vulnerability. It sounds stupid and Sci Fi but it's true, Pau got injured at the right time because they really started playing games like nothing bad can happen because they're the almighty Lakers and they can just win because they're that damn good so as a result they were taking things for granted and haven't played hard.

Now hopefully, especially for the playoffs, they will get that sense of urgency and that playing hard is the only way, especially in the playoffs, there's no taking anything for granted and there surely is not slacking off and not giving your best.
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Old 04-02-2008, 10:55 AM   #4
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Default Re: Lakers injuries: a blessing in disguise

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I think the injury to our bigs(and Ariza) has been a blessing in disguise. Here are the reasons why.

1) Their absence has given our bench players to play significant minutes, and in doing so to develop their game so that they will be able to contribute when the playoffs come.

2) The absence of Gasol gave Odom a chance to display the maturity and the toughness that he has developed over this year. In other words, it put pressure on Odom, and he responded well. Now, for the first time in his career, Odom is playing at the level we all knew he could.

3) It has made our team somewhat of a mystery to the rest of the league. The truth is that no team has played against or even seen our team at full strength(w/ Odom at the 3, Gasol at the 4, and Bynum at the 5), so it has been impossible for anyone to prepare to face us.

The art of war says know the opponent and know thyself, and in a thousand battles you will never suffer defeat. We know what every other team is about, but none of the teams know what we are about because they haven't played us with our two bigs, so they can not prepare for war against us.

Trust me guys, we will be at 100% for the playoffs,and that is all that matters. This our year.

I agree with a lot that you've said ..... BUT, I also can't help to think (and worry) that we, too, along with the other teams, don't know what we are about. It's true that other teams haven't "played us with our two bigs", BUT, again, we haven't played with our two bigs .... which is somewhat a problem for "us" also...We don't actually "know thyself". I just hope the chemistry is there, and they can all gel good together!!

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Old 04-02-2008, 01:37 PM   #5
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Default Re: Lakers injuries: a blessing in disguise

good post.
I agree, as long as we are 100% healthy AND fully integrated when the playoffs start.
imo, we won't be either.
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