S_knight8 2011-08-25 20:29:46
EL SEGUNDO – It was August before Phil Jackson could watch the
Lakers lose Game 6 and all the ambitions therein.
What he saw confirmed his distaste. “I’m glad,” he said Friday, “that
I didn’t see it before we did our exit interviews.”
Collapsible defense. Do-it-yourself offense. A general lack of rigor
and discipline, corroded by the assumptions built up during three
years of championships.
Yes, and injuries, too. Assistant coach Tex Winter watched the tape
with Jackson and pointed out that Jannero Pargo and Slava Medvedenko
were playing featured minutes against San Antonio’s Tony Parker and
Tim Duncan. Rick Fox was gone, Devean George was limping, Kobe Bryant
was fighting his shoulder and knee, and Shaquille O’Neal was more a
maypole than a tornado.
This Lakers season will be too different to imagine.
“It’ll be more like a campaign, a military campaign,” Jackson said,
revisiting Lakers HQ and beginning to plan training camp in Hawaii.
“It’s going to be an intense training camp,” Jackson said. “I’m going
to change the way I coach on the sideline. You won’t see me going from
the baseline to the midcourt line, but I will be on the court.
Brink 2011-08-25 20:29:57
i do believe we’ll be seeing a much more focused and intense lakers team
this time out. that’s one of the “intangibles” (though it’s not really
intangible) that malone and payton bring… these are intense players and
i think shaq being somewhat humiliated by duncan’s success last year will
bring him back to that intensity he had in 99-00.
Alson wong 2011-08-25 20:29:59
I anticipated as much back in December:
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“Bad Laker Seasonologist”
Could be. If the Lakers miss the playoffs or get knocked out early, I could
foresee that leading to a few changes:
Jerry Buss realizes that he needs to open up his wallet and add more talent
to the roster.
Phil Jackson realizes that he can’t coach so passively and let his team
coast for the first four months of the season.
Shaq realizes that he needs to be more serious about off-season
Brink 2011-08-25 20:30:03
your predictions are eerily accurate.
although, to be fair, buss didn’t *have* to open up his wallet to add a lot
of talent, it just kind of fell in his lap.
Neil cerutti 2011-08-25 20:30:05
Sort of. They seem like they may turn out to be accurate. We
won’t know anything until the Lakers actually hit the court.
So far, all we have to go on is talk.
X-man 2011-08-25 20:30:07
Did anyone even notice that the Spurs and other teams had injuries in 2000,
2001 and 2002?
2002…Robinson’s back and knee
It’s OK for the fakers to have injuries and make excuses but is not ok for
the other teams?
Greg brown 2011-08-25 20:30:08
I think it has to do with credibility. The Lakers, having won three
championships in a row, were expected to win, or at least compete, for a
fourth. It seems more logical to me to accept that except for injuries, the
Lakers would have won their fourth in a row.
If the Spurs ever win three in a row–if they ever win two in a row–they
will be due the same type of respect.
Charlie board 2011-08-25 20:30:10
I dunno, I think they’re both due about equal respect. Consider this way
of looking it….the Spurs have won the title every season in the last
five years in which they didn’t have a whopping major injury. The Lakers
are 3 of 5 by the same criteria. Winning % of 1.000 vs .667. That
pretty much balances out the in-a-row criterium.
Vicxnews 2011-08-25 20:30:13
Say what? That sounds like Bush logic/fuzzy math. The lakers,after
winning 3 in a row got little respect from most reporters and then they
did so reluctantly.
Isaac 2011-08-25 20:30:16
I don’t buy your argument, but I think its moot anyway. Anytime a team
wins convincingly enough to be next years favorite a major injury is a
probably going to be credible reason for not winning. The exception
might be if the competion makes significant upgrades over the off season.
In any event it’s a much more credible than simply asserting that you’re
the uncrowned champ the way the Kings do.
Neil cerutti 2011-08-25 20:30:20
Yes, I agree with your hypothetical. If the Lakers had had a
major injury, it would be a credible reason that they didn’t win.
As it is, you have to look at other factors that contributed.
* Depending on marginal players to give big contributions is
Jackson’s MO, and he is very good at it. Last year, the
marginal guys failed, — some due to injury. Playing over your
head for 3 years straight has got to take a heavy physical and
* At the same time, Shaq and Kobe have been carrying too much of
the load and too much of the pressure, due to the owners
unwillingness to invest more heavily in the team. The GM and
owner judged correctly the last few years that more spending
was not *really* needed. But they gambled and lost in
* San Antonio played well enough to be champions, and suffered no
misadventure on the way to the title. Even a more prepared
Laker squad would have been tested. Stealing a page from
Jackson, Pop received big and timely contributions from support
players like Bruce Bowen and Kevin Willis.
Observing that the Lakers had injuries, and ending the analysis
there, would have suggested no retooling was needed this summer.
The acquisition of Malone and Payton is a post-hoc admittance by
the Laker brain trust that there were more problems than just