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Lakers News: Kendall Marshall Explains Why Lakers Aren’t A ‘Good Team’

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Despite their poor record, the Lakers have been in a number of close games this season that they just haven’t been able to pull out in the end.

It is one of the growing pains of a young team, to learn how to win close games, especially on the road. And the Lakers haven’t figured it out yet.

Lakers point guard Kendall Marshall spoke to reporters on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, and according to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters, held back nothing in talking about why the Lakers aren’t a good team:

Marshall makes a very good point about the day-to-day effort of the Lakers. They have had close games with top teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat, and Indiana Pacers. But they have also been blown out by less than stellar teams like the Philadelphia 76ers and the Utah Jazz.

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No team is going to be at their best every single night, but if you are giving maximum effort on a regular basis, those close games tend to go in your favor more often than not.

The Lakers are far from a playoff team, but to be swept by the Milwaukee Bucks this season, who own the worst record in the NBA, says more about the Lakers than anything else.

The Lakers have proven that on any given night, they can hang with any team in the NBA, but too often they follow that up with a big letdown. Until that changes, the Lakers will continue to be where they are now.
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  • AD

    Lakers aren’t a good team because Kendall Marshall is their starting point guard. He should basically keep quiet on why they suck being that he’s part of the reason and all.

    • David Cano

      Amen on that

    • Delyce22

      So true. His defense is awful….on second thought it’s not awful it’s non-existent.

  • Jim213

    Plain and simple FO has to address 3 positions in the off season being finding starting role players for the PG, PF, and C positions. Have some good players who’ll contribute off the bench but the reason they’re bad is b/c the lack starters at certain positions.

    • J Taylor

      Would you rather:
      1) Embiid & Bledsoe + Gasol
      or
      2) Exum & G.Monroe + Gasol

      • pnut

        definitely embiid + bledsoe

        • Bira Deodato

          Embiid is constantly seen in LA checking on his back problems, a center with back problems at such a young age cant be trustworthy… rather get an average center around the nba and adressing the sf

  • nnnn

    o dude ~make some bucket before you criticized. If you can’t do it just shut up and practice your ugly shot

    • bojangles

      He said “we”. He’s talking about himself included.

  • J Taylor

    Kendall missed the point…

    - Good teams are filled with good players who are consistent every night. The stars of the league play at a high level every game.

    The Lakers are filled with a bunch of players have shown they can get hot, but it takes more than 1 guy having a good night to win games.

    It’s ironic to hear these words from a guy who will spend next year in the D-League learning how to score.

    • Delyce22

      I don’t think Marshall will be in the D-League next year. The Lakers will keep him at the beginning of the season and probaby include him in a trade later in the season.

  • ra

    That’s like a chicken explaining to a fox why the fox wants to break into the coop and eat all the chickens there.

  • Rigged4fun

    Jerry West put it succinctly, the Lakers don’t have the players to be a top team. Kendall Marshall is an adequate PG, however he lacks speed, a dependable outside shot, and the ability to penetrate. So goes it for the rest of the team. They may make it as backups, but they wouldn’t make a starting job on a contender. Which brings us to the all-inclusive factor they don’t or refuse to play defense. Part of that is the system that D’Antoni uses which tends to make off-ball shooters spectators.

  • Alexandra Taylor

    Agree with AD. Kendall Marshall can’t shoot consistently, can’t play defense regularly and turns the ball over too many times. Remove those things and perhaps the team would be better!

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Get rid of all these guys seriously i mean what’s the use of me trying to convince myself they are good players?I am just lying to myself when i say bring back so and so.Nope it’s time to get rid of most these one year deal players they suck and they have turned the almighty Lakers into the lowly Lakers. i would be lying if i said this team is good.I am not saying that Meeks,Young,Hill,Xavier,Bazemore,Marshall suck i am just saying if we could find more talented players through free agency at their positions then lets just move on and get better players this is just depressing tbh.

    Marshall has just told the truth that the Lakers are a very bad team and they are the record indicates just that 24-47 and lost to the pathetic Bucks twice they got swept out by the Bucks SMFH!Mike D’Antoni knows this ship has sunk and he is going to be fired.Hopefully this franchise makes the right moves.

    • Tbryant

      Dude! Most of the players on the team are good enough to stay on the roster. If there was a different coach which most likely will slow the game to allow less turn over and play defense, then the Laker would probably be in the playoffs. I’m not really feeling Marshall as he can’t shoot consistently and has no defense. Farmer is a better overall PG. I think they should keep Meeks, Young, Bazemore, Farmer, Johnson, Hill and Gasol. Get rid of Brooks, Marshall, Nash and maybe send Ryan Kelly to D league.

      • Lakers4Life

        I totally agree Tbryant. Most of the players on the team have skills but are not used to using them as often as they need to now. After all, most of the players that are starting were bench players before getting to the Lakers, I think that they should keep players like Gasol, Hill, Meeks, & Young, but get rid of Kaman, Brooks, Marshall, and Nash!

  • C*HarrisTHEboss

    ..

  • Tbryant

    Dude! Most of the players on the team are good enough to stay on the roster. If there was a different coach which offense is to slow the game to allow less turn overs and play defense, then the Lakers would probably be in the playoffs. I’m not really feeling Marshall as he can’t shoot consistently and has no defense. Farmer is a better overall PG. I think they should keep Meeks, Young, Bazemore, Farmer, Johnson, Hill and Gasol. Get rid of Brooks, Marshall, Nash and maybe send Ryan Kelly to D league

    • KB

      Switch meeks and marshall places add deng,odom,embiid and exum banners 17 baby BOOM!

  • jeremy

    Easy answer lakers aren’t good because we don’t play d. Another answer teams know Marshall doesn’t have the best shot they focus more on his passing.

  • Sylvia Ross

    A lot of it has to do with the coaches rotation. That idiot hasn’t played Brooks in a while, why? Pringles , has to be the slowest coach I have ever seen .Did he miss his train? Come on Pringles with your moody a– just give it up.

  • Redemption 4LA

    Lakers should keep Young, Henry, and Bazemore period. Young is instant offense that could come off the bench and benefit playing with Kobe. Henry is always a threat and is a good ball handling attack player. Bazemore has the potential I believe to be an assassin off the bench as well, he has heart, and plays HARD defense. All three players can be utilized at the 2 or 3 and can sub for each other or play with each other, sub for or play with Kobe. I think you keep those three, use Meeks as a combo guard. If Farmar can stay healthy he should be given the opportunity as the pg. Those six guys give the lakers speed along with solid depth at the wings, they are all athletic, they can all score, and they are young.

    Fill out the remaking spots with a stretch 4 and bruising 4. Try to get a player who can play both 3 and 4. Then get your centers in place 2 or 3 depending on the quality of the forwards to round out the roster. Rebounding and rim protection is and should be a priority that is addressed by the team. If Pau is resigned and kept a bruiser (Oakley/Grant type) who can hit the 12-15 ft shot from baseline to elbow is crucial. Defensive mindset has to be the direction of the team. Those guys can score the ball, but can they focus on stoping other team either their man individually or as a team. Defense is challenge, something you have to have pride in.

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