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Kobe:

The true "Jordan rules" is what the Sixers defense resembled. The Sixer's plan was to play mostly 4-1 zone where Andre is on kobe and if kobe drive to the basket, everybody caves in. Kobe would miss a layup, or cause a turnover if he chose not to pass out. Also, somehow the Sixers did not foul Kobe often (Refs) which kept kobe cold. Usualy when a shot is not going down the best thing to do is to get to the foul line,.. which the Sixers completely eliminated that option. But their plan backfired during most of the game because when kobe did passed out, or did not drive to the basket his teamates were open and confident. Things went bad at the start of the fourth quarter where Phil (experimenting) decided to start with the line-up that lost them the last game. The Sixers scored about 8 straight points and when the starting unit came back on, spacing was just terrible. This time when the Sixers closed on Kobe, kobe did not have an open teamate so when his teamate received the ball, the ball would end up going back to Kobe in which then he would either miss or cause a turnover. The game still stayed close though and when the last shot came to the Lakers, Kobe miss an open three pointer that could have won the game.

Kwame:

Most can't help but think that as of right now this trade was a mistake. The worst thing about Kwame is that he has terrible hands. He is always calling for the ball but when the ball comes to him he can not controll it, which also makes him an inconsistant rebounder. He Can Not Finish At The Basket! Right now the only good things about Kwame is that if his hands are ok he can be a good rebounder. Also he does attempt to play defense - he defensive awareness is still questionable though. What needs to happen is for Phil to have Kwame only concentrate on defense. He has good hustle so all he needs is to improve his defensive I.Q and he will be straight.

Mihm:

He has shown what he is capable of last night. right now the only problem with Mihm is that he can't let one foul ruin is game.

Odom:

If Parker wasn't on are team we would be screwed because Odom is not that good right now at point forward so having Parker at his side has taken a lot of pressure off him which is why Odom is playing decent right now. His offensive decisions are questionable but he is only trying to be aggressive. What Odom needs to work on is finishing around the basket. right now Odom is bealy hitting 40 percent in shooting.

Parker:

He and George kept the Lakers in the game with their scoring. He did ok with Iverson but got into foul trouble quick so when Sasha came in Iverson went all out. Parker is a good decision maker and can make the open shot. He was made to play in the triangle offense.

So right now everybody is doing well and know their roles except Kwame. The Kwame trade had to be done because we needed a big man but what we realy have done so far is give up production(Caron) for non-porduction (kwame). But still, it's only been six games so they have 76 more game to figure it out


Go Lakers! :)
 

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Kobe:

The true "Jordan rules" is what the Sixers defense resembled. The Sixer's plan was to play mostly 4-1 zone where Andre is on kobe and if kobe drive to the basket, everybody caves in. Kobe would miss a layup, or cause a turnover if he chose not to pass out. Also, somehow the Sixers did not foul Kobe often (Refs) which kept kobe cold. Usualy when a shot is not going down the best thing to do is to get to the foul line,.. which the Sixers completely eliminated that option. But their plan backfired during most of the game because when kobe did passed out, or did not drive to the basket his teamates were open and confident. Things went bad at the start of the fourth quarter where Phil (experimenting) decided to start with the line-up that lost them the last game. The Sixers scored about 8 straight points and when the starting unit came back on, spacing was just terrible. This time when the Sixers closed on Kobe, kobe did not have an open teamate so when his teamate received the ball, the ball would end up going back to Kobe in which then he would either miss or cause a turnover. The game still stayed close though and when the last shot came to the Lakers, Kobe miss an open three pointer that could have won the game.

Kwame:

Most can't help but think that as of right now this trade was a mistake. The worst thing about Kwame is that he has terrible hands. He is always calling for the ball but when the ball comes to him he can not controll it, which also makes him an inconsistant rebounder. He Can Not Finish At The Basket! Right now the only good things about Kwame is that if his hands are ok he can be a good rebounder. Also he does attempt to play defense - he defensive awareness is still questionable though. What needs to happen is for Phil to have Kwame only concentrate on defense. He has good hustle so all he needs is to improve his defensive I.Q and he will be straight.

Mihm:

He has shown what he is capable of last night. right now the only problem with Mihm is that he can't let one foul ruin is game.

Odom:

If Parker wasn't on are team we would be screwed because Odom is not that good right now at point forward so having Parker at his side has taken a lot of pressure off him which is why Odom is playing decent right now. His offensive decisions are questionable but he is only trying to be aggressive. What Odom needs to work on is finishing around the basket. right now Odom is bealy hitting 40 percent in shooting.

Parker:

He and George kept the Lakers in the game with their scoring. He did ok with Iverson but got into foul trouble quick so when Sasha came in Iverson went all out. Parker is a good decision maker and can make the open shot. He was made to play in the triangle offense.

So right now everybody is doing well and know their roles except Kwame. The Kwame trade had to be done because we needed a big man but what we realy have done so far is give up production(Caron) for non-porduction (kwame). But still, it's only been six games so they have 76 more game to figure it out


Go Lakers! :)
It's too early to conclude that the Kwame trade was a mistake. However, I agree with your assessment of him at this point. He does appear to have glass hands and to have trouble handling the ball when he puts it on the floor. If he gets the ball in good position down low, his only intention is to shoot, which is fine. However, he doesn't seem to be aware of the defense collapsing on him and the other option of looking for the open man. I think the Lakers should run more plays for him down low. Doing so will boost his confidence and prevent him from disappearing for long stretches. At least he may draw some fouls and get to the line more. In the Philly game, he did not get to the line once. He seems to start each game with aggressive intentions, but after a missed shot or two, he disappears and the Lakers do not look for him again.
 

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A few good points made. Kobe didn't do a good job last night of creating fouls, shooting nor getting his teammates involved (in fact, he didn't starting displaying any sort of basketball IQ untill the later stages of the fourth quarter where he would telegraph his run to the basket and hit Devean George for a wide open three in which he went 1-2 from). The Sixers may have done a good job, but I credit Iggy for frustrating him all night. This kind of performance won't come often from our star player. It wasn't as simple as choosing a 4-1 zone. Iguodala and co. have had his number for a year now.

Lamar Odom, for quite some time now has made it obvious that he has no problem with just touching the basketball and being used as a role player because he prefers to serve and dish out passes then look for his own opportunities. When Kobe is being mugged, he needs to know that his size is a factor and that he had several mis-matches all night. Odom needs to grow up and realize how much talent that he's got, and put more responsibility on himself on the offensive side of the ball.

Our role players (save Kwame Brown, horrendous performance on his part) did good. Chris Mihm played with confidence, and both Smush and Devean were hitting open shots. I'm still optimistic at this point of this season, which is definately a good thing as I usually am a pessimist when it comes to the Lakers these days.
 
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