Years ago

Is benching Pau the right move?

Coach D is planning on bringing Pau off the bench, starting Earl Clark at the 4 so the Lakers can play at a faster pace.

I'm confused because they seemed to be playing just fine when Bynum was at C and he is not a quick player.

Why has Pau's role changed so much with the addition of Howard, who really is a close to the basket center just like Bynum was?

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Years ago

Because D'Antoni is coaching and not Phil

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Years ago

It's all about maximising what the players are good at, so that is a good move. The bench obviously lacks scoring and now size with Hill gone, so it's a good move.

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Years ago

It's all about maximising what the players are good at

Is it though? Or is D'Antoni hell bent on running his run and gun system at all costs even though the Lakers are one of the oldest and slowest teams in the league? Surely maximising what players are good at would involve running a system that is suited to the players you've got rather than giving minutes to Earl Clark while a multiple all star who should be in his prime rots on the bench.

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Years ago

Clark has earnt the starting spot. Pau has well and truly earnt a bench spot.

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Years ago

D'Antoni has gone away from Pau's natural game.

Lakers need to trade him before they ruin him some more.

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Years ago

long been a fan of coach D, but this is terrible.
Dwight is fark all right now. Used to be that you would pick magic coz dwight was gonna dominate but now, he is back in the pack.


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Years ago

"Coach D" ha ha ha ha ha

biggest oxymoron ever..

The Pringle man sucks flat out. Phil was the right choice but Buss x 2 are too egotistical to make the right call. Ah well L.A's loss will be Seattle's gain.

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Years ago

Dwight had 32 and 16 a few days ago. Pau doesnt even looj like doing that this year. Partly a coaching problem, mostly a Pau problem.

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Years ago

Pau was playing fine with Bynum, All Star calibre.
Started the season well with Dwight playing Hi-Low as he is a good passer.

Pringle man just wants him as a stretch four that can shoot mid to long range.

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Years ago

Coach D was a gd coach for the suns a few years back with Nash and co but he's a terrible fit for the old lakers who shouldn't be playing run and gun basketball. They have Howard the most dominating big and gasoline the most skillful big but coach D has no idea how to utilize them, pau has been average but that hasn't been helped by some poor coaching, plus would help If Kobe passed a bit more.

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Years ago

Yep what I said. Has the wrong horses for this course.

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Years ago

Jim Buss I think was the problem, didn't want to relinquish any of his power. The triangle would have been great for this team, especially given Pau's passing ability.

Defensively 'Antoni (he has no D) is terrible. His defensive setup is all wrong. There is no way Kobe should be forced to guard the best Guard on the floor, I understand he's one of their best defenders but offensively he is so tired that he just jacks up ugly shots.

It's almost as if Kobe wants D'Antoni gone and is going to shoot till he leaves.

I also think Kobe would be busting Dwight's balls about being to happy go lucky, a bit Jordanesque with wanting teammates to want to win at all costs.

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Years ago

A bit like MJ and Brad Sellers perhaps?

Although Kobe won't run Dwight out of the league...just to Brooklyn.

And if Buss really was keen on winning without Phil, he should have got Brian Shaw as coach.
Anyway it's fun to watch as a Bulls supporter lol.

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Years ago

D'antoni is just a flat-out terrible coach.

Can we all at least agree on that?

As much as I also think he was awful, Mike Brown was a better fit for this team.

It didn't have to be Phil Jackson, but replacing one coach whose system didn't fit the players very much with another whose system DEFINITELY doesn't fit these players was just a bad move by the front office.

At least Mike Brown would have got them to the playoffs, only to be outcoached in a 7 game series.

D'antoni won't even get that far...

To recap:

Mike Brown = poor coach

Mike D'antoni = terrible coach

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Years ago

Shoul have kept Bickerstaff...wasn't he 4-1 as interim coach with the exact same team as Pringle man?

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Years ago

billo, 'It' means success, not the coach's idea of success.

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