Lakers 2012-2013 season so far
There has been a lot of talk about the Los Angeles Lakers this year. What was going to be a stellar season has turned into what looks like a major bust.
Over the off-season, the Lakers picked up Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. Adding those two to Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol the Lakers were supposed to be unstoppable. That just has not been the case since the team is 17-24 and as Sports Center tweeted, the last time a team had a starting record that was 17-24 and still won in the playoff series was the 1980-81 season.
So what is going on with the Lakers? First of all they have been injury prone all season. Nash, Howard, Gasol, Jordan Hill, and Steve Blake are all important players and they have all been injured at some point this season. The Los Angeles Lakers tweeted today that Hill had surgery and is expected to be out for a full six months. That is definitely not good.
On Wednesday we heard the words again, “season starts…”
This time is was Howard, who had complained on Monday about not getting enough shots against the Chicago Bulls. Howard said Wednesday before the game against the Memphis Grizzlies, “I think this will be the start of a new season for us tonight.
“I have to do more for this team. There are a lot of responsibilities on my shoulders. I have to step up and take it. It has to be me. It has to start with me. I’m a guy that has to dominate for us to win. We’re not going to win unless I dominate.”
Hopefully, Dwight means this. He is needed on the Lakers for defensive reasons. After he begins to make moves defensively, there will be time and a natural flow for him to start putting up points as well. He says he understands that he is there for defense and that he can affect the team that way but it is another thing for him to actually do it.
As for putting up points for the Lakers, Pau Gasol has been moved away from being a low-post player. This is some bad use of Gasol as Bill Simmons, editor-in-chief of Grantland, has said many times in his tweets and articles. Simmons tweets about how well Gasol plays as a center, not as a perimeter player.
Gasol is not being utilized correctly with the Lakers this season.
He played very well with the Lakers when he was playing low-post in the playoffs. In the 2008 playoffs Gasol had 39.7 MPG, 2009 he had 40.5 MPG, and in 2010 he had 29.8 MPG. This was when Gasol was playing with Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum not Dwight Howard.
Yes, that was a few seasons ago but Pau played in the Olympics for Spain this summer with his brother Marc.
The observations from the Olympics were that Pau played well with his brother. Marc played top and Pau played down lost and the two to of them were what the team revolved around and they dominated the court.
Hopefully, coach Mike D’Antoni has something he is working on and is waiting for this team to get their chemistry working. Kobe is still Kobe, making shots and plays, and Steve Nash is going to make some improvements with defense as the team gets healthier.