Lakers News: Pau Gasol Envisions Himself Playing Five More Years

Lakers News: Pau Gasol Envisions Himself Playing Five More Years


Pau Gasol had something of a mixed year this season. Even though he dealt with some injury issues, as well as disagreements with head coach Mike D’Antoni, Gasol improved greatly on his numbers from last season and was the centerpiece of the offense.

Now entering his mid-30s, many believe Gasol’s best days are behind him, and that he will no longer be a top player in this league. However, Gasol believes he has a lot of years left according to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters, spoke about it during the Lakers exit interviews:

Despite slowing down some over the last couple of years, Gasol remains one of the most skilled big men in the NBA. He has been able to rely on his vast array of moves, and soft touch to continue to score in the league.

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Gasol understands what his strengths are, and how he will thrive as he advances in age. He talked about his preferred style via Winters:

It was Gasol’s preference to slow the game down and operate from the post more often that often led to his disagreements with D’Antoni. The two simply have a difference in philosophy.

Whether or not Gasol will be playing these last five years in Los Angeles is anybody’s guess, but Gasol has endeared himself to the Lakers organization and community and will forever be a Laker.
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  • Daryl Peek

    “I feel I could play in the D’Antoni system as THE center.” –Pau Gasol

    As Gasol said, he was not that last season, nor was he gonna be with Howard on roster, and has now come to the understanding he’s no longer a PF, especially not a stretch 4 which everyone knew. This is why he was sat last season and all the MDA haters need to stop the buffoonery about big’s being misused. Each of the big’s has stated as much about the situations, and as Gasol has also come to realize the league in general has sped up and the days of controlled slower pace are almost over. He specifically cited Miami winning the last two championship playing in D’Antoni’s style ball.

    I’ll continue to be on the MDA bashers head for the false info they regurgitate.

    • Ben

      In a way, I’m beginning to feel sorry for MDA. He isn’t without blame, I mean I have issues with how he handled Kaman for starters, but he is unfairly getting all the blame for the season when there are plenty to go around. My favorite is how “HE RAN KOBE AND THE PLAYERS TO THE GROUND WITH HIS FREAKING SYSTEM”. Please. Nash injured himself the 2nd game of last year at Portland in a half court set. He had the ball on top of the key, and as he drove he collided knees with his man. This year, Meeks and Young both missed time after landing on someones foot after a jump shot. What? Did MDA wave his hand and it changed their angle of descent so they would step on the defenders foot and hurt himself? Oh, and Farmar hurt himself also after converting on a lay-up during a breakaway and tweaked his hammy as he landed. What? Should he just walked down the court instead of ran and converted the breakaway easy basket? As for Kobe, please. Had MDA and FO strictly put Kobe to play no more than 30mins last year, all of you would’ve gone “HOW DARE THEY TELL KOBE HOW LONG HE PLAYS!! HE PLAYS AS MUCH AS HE WANTS AND DECIDES WHEN HE GOES OUT OF THE GAME”. I’m a Laker fan, but I’m realistic and don’t just give in to emotion and mob mentality.

      • Daryl Peek

        Good to see rational critical thinking on this site.

        • Jim213

      • Joseph Apohen

        I too feel bad for MDA as what happened this season is not all his fault. Injuries are part of the game; unfortunately the team had more than their share. However, I think he could have used Hill and Kaman more instead of Sacre. I like his offense as it is exciting but he could have practiced more defense.

    • Yo

      Ur an idiot lol. MDA is the worst coach in the league. “Days of controlled slower pace are almost over” … Do you only watch the regular season? The game slows down in the playoffs

      • Daryl Peek

        No one has slowed Miami down over the last to seasons, regular season or playoffs and Spoelstra said he runs a hybrid MDA system. Said he got it from his days in SA under coach Pop who adopted it when MDA and the Suns were running him to death in the playoffs.

        • $20509373

          Except Spoelstra was never in SA as an assistant. He’s been with Miami since 1997. Your story isn’t adding up.

    • $20509373

      Miami modeled there offense after Chip Kelly’s Oregon offense. Go look it up. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter. MDA will be gone shortly.

      • Daryl Peek

        “After the Heat lost in the 2011 NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavericks in their first season involving James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh playing together, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra faulted himself for how he used his personnel.

        Since then, Spoelstra adopted what he called a “hybrid” of D’Antoni’s system, while still featuring James and Bosh at times in the post.

        “That was our kryptonite and it was puzzling to figure it out,” Spoelstra said. “It took a loss and humbling summer to figure out something more unconventional.”

        The Heat has had enough. After seeing Nash win two league most valuable player awards by running an offense that Spoelstra said “took us all by storm,” he’s convinced his players to buy into such concepts.

        “He maximizes the talent that he has,” James said. “He has guys out there playing positions they’re not accustomed to, but they’re comfortable because D’Antoni puts you in a position to succeed.”

        The Heat run a version of the D’Antoni system and it was that change that has them back to back champs.

        • $20509373

          Spoelstra brings Ducks’ spread to NBA

          Erik Spoelstra was on the sidelines when he had his moment of clarity.

          Only, it came on a football field in Eugene, Ore., and with an Oregon Ducks logo, not a Miami Heat one, on his collared shirt.

          On a sunny August morning, two months removed from watching his Heat team collapse against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals, Spoelstra stood on the sidelines at the Ducks’ training camp, trying to absorb any insight into the contrarian mind of famed Ducks football coach Chip Kelly.

          This was the first stop on what Spoelstra refers to as his lockout-induced sabbatical, a trip born of summer boredom. After six weeks of cathartic film marathons in his Miami office, Spoelstra finally had enough, so he mapped out a tour around the country to pick the brains of the collegiate coaching ranks.

          “The No. 1 thing I was trying to do was learn,” said Spoelstra, who is beginning his fourth season as the Heat’s head coach. “I had a lot of time on my hands and I didn’t just want to sit there.”

          As he saw it, the NBA’s labor stalemate offered a rare opportunity to become a student again — on a college campus, no less.

          It’s fitting that Spoelstra, an Oregon native, kicked off his tour in Eugene. For two coaches who shared similar success so early in their coaching careers, the meeting between Spoelstra and Kelly was long overdue. Not to mention that each has recently come excruciatingly close to winning his first championship.

          Over the course of a two-hour conversation on the sidelines, Kelly explained in detail the thinking behind his wildly successful up-tempo spread offense. Spoelstra hung on Kelly’s every word. Not just because he is a Ducks fan. But because it was all coming together. Finally.

          As Kelly spoke, Spoelstra’s mind was consumed with one idea:

          “Could a no-huddle spread offense work in the NBA?”

          The reinvention of the Heat

          Explosive. Fast. Unpredictable.

          These are the words that Kelly used to describe the principles behind his signature spread offense that he rode to the BCS National Championship Game in 2011. They’re also the same ones often used to describe a Heat team led by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade andChris Bosh.

          At least, that’s what the team is supposed to be. By most accounts, the Heat underachieved both competitively and aesthetically in the Big Three’s debut season. Miami didn’t smash the record books and played at one of the slowest paces in the NBA in 2010-11. As the one calling the shots, Spoelstra received much of the blame. But rather than deflect the responsibility, the Heat coach went back to the drawing board to find a better model. So he bought a plane ticket to go see Kelly and ask him a simple, yet vexing question:

          How exactly do you turn a collection of world-class athletes into a merciless scoring machine?

          Kelly’s answer made all the sense in the world to Spoelstra. To leverage the team’s blinding athleticism, Kelly told him, one must spread the floor, turn up the pace and let it fly. Pace and space are essential.

          And so the mantra for the new Heat was born. Under the watch of Pat Riley, the steward of the “Showtime” Lakers in the 1980s, Spoelstra set out to design his very own attack built on speed, versatility and athleticism. But there was only one small problem:

          Spoelstra didn’t have any players to mold.

          An offseason in the classroom

          After leaving Eugene inspired, Spoelstra continued his summer tour, visiting college luminaries such as Mike Krzyzewski, Billy Donovan, John Calipari, Tom Crean and even talking shop over dinner with Urban Meyer. He also paid a follow-up visit to Kelly in Oregon. This time, Spoelstra brought his own coaching staff along for the ride while constantly keeping Riley in the loop with his ideas.

          But upon returning from the trip around the country, Spoelstra realized he was in a bit of a bind. He had all these compelling ideas about how to deploy his players on the court, except he had no players to deploy thanks to the lockout. So Spoelstra walked into the Heat arena and told his coaching staff to lace up and get out on the practice court.

          Spoelstra and his assistants decided to play a game of pretend: Be the Miami Heat.

          Their coach? That would be Riley. For the first time in years, Riley assembled his own (pretend) staff, too: Heat CEO Nick Arison and assistant general manager Andy Elisburg.

          “Once or twice a week,” Riley recalled, “Erik would take all of his eight or nine coaches and they’d be out there running through offense, experimenting on things, and I’d come out with Andy and Nick and we’d watch it. Then I started to go out on the court and say, ‘Why don’t you do this? Why don’t you do that?’ I loved it, and I loved what [Erik] was doing.”

          For Spoelstra, the exercise allowed him to see what they were missing all last season.

          What exactly does LeBron see in the pick-and-roll with Bosh at the top of the key? Which lanes open up for Wade when LeBron sets a screen at the elbow? What happens when they switch spots? What will the defense decide to do when Bosh goes to the perimeter while LeBron flies down the lane in transition?

          Spoelstra’s discoveries from his conversations with Kelly were reinforced during the role-playing exercise. Everything needed to be fast, instinctual and responsibly impulsive. That includes forgoing play calls every time down the court.

          Spoelstra realized that the Heat’s playing style and roster didn’t need to be confined by convention. No, the traditional principles of coaching become obsolete when three superstars, two of whom are perennial MVP candidates, decide to play together. And the Heat’s trio is largely interchangeable, especially with Bosh adding a 3-point shot and LeBron polishing his post game.

          “The more that we’ve tried to think conventionally in terms of guys playing just a specific position, it restricted us a little bit,” Spoelstra said. “We can put pressure on teams to adjust to us.”

          Spoelstra and Riley understood that a change of philosophy was in order. So they drew up a game plan. They’d sell the players and potential free agents on an offense built on a foundation similar to Riley’s “Showtime.” Once the lockout ended, the Heat added to their fleet of versatile wings by signing free agent Shane Battier as part of the team’s vision to load up on players who could render positional lines obsolete.

          With an up-tempo vision in place and a roster filled with players who could fill any of the positions from 1 to 4, the Heat want to be unconventional and deploy lineups that may not have a traditional center. Everything began to come into place. The elderly, lumbering centers of last season were gone. Bosh bulked up with a goal of averaging double-digit rebounds. The Heat’s speedy draft pick Norris Cole took training camp by storm. LeBron and Dwyane stayed in sensational shape in the offseason.

          All according to plan.

          “We don’t have Dwight Howard,” Riley said. “We don’t have an 18-rebound guy. We don’t have a 7-foot-2-inch guy who’s going to take care of that stuff. Playing bigger and thinking bigger is trying something new.”

          That sounds all well and good, but a challenge remained.

          LeBron holds the key

          LeBron has carved out a fine career victimizing smaller opponents from the perimeter. This is his comfort zone. He has won two MVPs this way. But sliding to the power forward spot — even if it’s just a nominal title — means more bruises and more physical exertion underneath for the 6-foot-8, 265-pounder with 5.2 percent body fat. When asked if he derives any enjoyment playing as a big man, LeBron maintains that he’ll do whatever it takes to win, even if it means stepping out of that comfort zone from time to time.

          “I was a perimeter guy my whole life,” LeBron said with a hint of nostalgia.

          LeBron may be the size of Karl Malone, but that doesn’t mean he wants to play like him.

          “I wouldn’t say it’s fun,” he said. “It’s never fun banging with big men. Nothing fun about it.”

          You can tell that LeBron doesn’t like to be pigeonholed into one position. Be careful labeling him as a point guard. Be wary of calling him a power forward. While he may be the first to say that he could play any position if it truly came down to it, he doesn’t want a single position to define him.

          Wade sympathizes with him. As someone who plays taller than his listed height of 6-foot-4, Wade understands LeBron’s reluctance to fully embrace being the Heat’s second-largest guy on the court. But Wade also noted that LeBron has warmed up to the idea more since last season.

          “He’s a lot more comfortable now,” Wade said. “But a guy like LeBron, he came in playing the 1, and to have him at the 4 is kind of like moving him down. You don’t want to move that far down. You feel cool with the 1, 2, 3, but when you get to the 4, it’s a different kind of … look.”

          It may just be a matter of ease. When LeBron guards the Joakim Noahs and Amare Stoudemires of the league, the size advantage suddenly disappears and his job becomes a little tougher and a little more taxing. Picking on someone your own size is never the most convenient option.

          But the Heat aren’t looking for James to be a post-up machine on the low block. Far from it. While some might see LeBron’s post game as a litmus test for all-time greatness, the Heat organization isn’t concerned about LeBron’s ranking next to Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant. What some people might overlook is that Jordan and Kobe infused a post game into their attacks once they lost their quickness. At 26 years old, LeBron is entering his physical prime. And if all goes to plan, LeBron won’t often be stationary on the low block this season. Any offseason tutelage with Hakeem Olajuwonis just icing on the cake.

          Still, Miami does want to take advantage of his unique size. The Heat ran teams out of the gym when LeBron played the 4. Consider that the five most frequent Heat lineups with LeBron at power forward led to the their outscoring opponents by 39 points in about 100 minutes of action last season, which is the equivalent of winning by about 20 points in regulation. And some of those lineups included Joel Anthony at center, not Bosh.

          Spoelstra inevitably came across these astounding numbers while doing his homework. Checking lineup data is something he routinely does during the season, but he decided to put his small-ball lineups under the microscope this offseason.

          His takeaway? Small ball worked.

          “Sometimes you think that if you’re smaller, you don’t rebound as well, or you might not defend as well,” Spoelstra said. “But those were not true in our case.”

          However, as stunning as the results were, the implication is that success was achieved before LeBron became fully comfortable with his new role. In order to achieve that, Spoelstra had to switch hats from coach to salesman.

          The transaction of trust

          When the Heat’s training camp finally opened after the five-month lockout, Spoelstra explained his new philosophy to his players by appealing to its offensive freedom. Inspired by Kelly’s gridiron principles, Spoelstra laid out a simple offensive blueprint: spread the floor, maintain spacing and create controlled chaos.

          By doing this, Spoelstra was essentially burning his playbook and relying on his players’ basketball IQ to make decisions. The Heat coach had to think long and hard about taking his hands off the wheel. Ultimately, he decided that easing off might be a good thing with players of this basketball acumen.

          There is, however, a fluid framework in place, with infused elements of Rick Adelman’s elbow offense and a motion dribble-drive offense, something Spoelstra picked up from his trip to Lexington, Ky., to see Calipari. Spoelstra’s pitch to his team involved a very simple transaction of trust:

          Do what I want, then you can do what you want.

          The concept isn’t an entirely new one for the Heat. In the middle of last season, as something of a motivating technique, Spoelstra told his players that if they locked down the defensive end and created turnovers, they could run all they pleased. But that didn’t seem to change much of anything. After all, it was midseason and habits are difficult to adjust on the fly.

          But after a crushing Finals loss to Dallas, the Heat were ready for a fresh start. Now, the team seems fully on board with what they call “the triangle on steroids,” and players have even adopted Spoelstra’s “pace and space” terminology in their press conferences.

          You could see it in action early in the first quarter of the team’s first preseason game against Orlando. LeBron quickly dribbled up the court with Hedo Turkoglu defending and immediately fed the ball to Wade on the right block. Turkoglu turned his back for a moment and that was it — James made the read, darted to the baseline off Wade’s left shoulder, and by the time Turkoglu knew what was going on, Wade had already given the ball to LeBron on a handoff. LeBron soared to the basket and finished a reverse layup on the other side of the rim.

          That wasn’t a play call. It was a read.

          “And that’s the way we like to keep it,” Spoelstra said, recalling the possession. “We want to continue to develop more actions where the two of them are involved and it’s not necessarily scripted.”

          Spoelstra made a grand total of three play calls during the entire game. Yes, it was preseason, but the Heat won by 33 points.

          What happens when the Heat lose three games in a row this winter? What happens when the Chicago Bulls go on an 8-0 run down the stretch of a crucial game? What happens when Spoelstra needs to take advantage of a hole in the opposing defense with sharp X’s and O’s?

          It remains to be seen, but the potential benefits are hard to ignore, and the players seem happy with the tweaks. LeBron says he loves where the Heat’s offense is right now. Wade believes Spoelstra has done “a great job.”

          And Bosh? He’s gushing about Spoelstra’s new groove for a different reason: You can’t really scout it.

          This is perhaps the greatest potential benefit of all. Opponents knew where LeBron, Wade and Bosh would be last season because they memorized Spoelstra’s playbook. The Heat were predictable, and that’s what made them beatable at times, especially in the playoffs.

          Armed with a unique roster, Spoelstra is thinking outside the box and the plan seems to be working for now. With his own spin on “Showtime” in place, Spoelstra is hoping his moment of clarity in Oregon will lead to a moment of triumph for Miami.

          Sorry, but just because they run a little small ball doesn’t automatically mean it’s the D’Antoni system. MDA wasn’t mentioned or consulted once in that article.

          • Daryl Peek

            I’m not arguing your points are wrong but Spoelstra is on record saying he runs MDA small ball sets and was inspired to do so via his time with the Spurs and how Pop took on the small ball theme as the Spurs transitioned from Duncan to Tony Parker as the main man. Spoelstra spoke on this, this season so sorry, they do run a hybrid small ball system.

  • daniel

    no matter what systems do they use with you, you are dreaming if you see yourself 5 more years. Maybe there is a team stupid enough to pay you for that, but you, Paul are going downhill big time.
    Stop bluffing and work out in the summer if you want to be a relevant center for just one more year.
    It is crazy to see these ego self center maniacs trying to justify longer contracts. Gasol can be a very high skill center/power forward, but he plays no defense, he is far from strong in the post and he can’t run anymore.
    So, younger talent can run over him easily.

    • Chrmngblly

      I, for one, am really tired of you name-callers. Everyone who disagrees with you and DP are either stupid or buffoons. Are your arguments so weak that they need that kind of support? They shouldn’t be.

      Everything many say about MDA is true—just maybe not to the degree the haters would have everyone believe. I can remember how the Lakers used to use Kareem as a trailer when he got older and slower. That worked out pretty good. There is no reason to wear out a guy that can contribute like Pau can when adjustments can be made. So I think MDA is guilty of not being able to make adjustments for bigger players and older players, whatever Peak thinks, the pompous windbag. :-)

      I agree with Ben about some of the preposterous complaints against MDA that any casual observer of the game knows to throw in the trash. I never take those guys seriously.

      DP, on the other hand is trying to rewrite history again. Pau has never played stretch4 for the Lakers except when they tried to turn him into one during Howard’s abortive season. He was effective as a regular forward playing alongside Bynum–of course that was under another coach. He played the 4 on the last two or three Spanish Olympic teams quite well.

      Then, of course, he was the Laker’s center for the years when we won a couple rings–not something to discard lightly. If MDA’s system could not adapt to a player of Pau’s capability, they should have traded him. Tell me who, beside Kevin Love would fit MDA’s system? Very few. What centers? Few really good bigs can run like gazelles and shoot 3’s from the corner.

      As to the other main complaint about MDA, no D, that has been substantiated across every team he has ever coached, year after year after year. There should be no argument about that. What true fans know is that MDA teams can win the season, but not the playoffs. The game changes in the playoffs: it slows down and teams play better defense, teams are more closely matched and sometimes it is only a couple of stops that makes the difference between winning and losing.

      I like the guy. I just pray for the Lakers to step up to the next level and hire a top-tier complete coach.

      • nlruizjr

        Chr, I have to agree wholeheartedly, I too can’t give MD total blame but then on the other hand I can’t excuse him of it either. He’s the head coach and he controls who plays and how they play and he as a head coach must be able to make adjustments according to his personnel and according to the opposition and he didn’t make those adjustments as required and no he didn’t cause the injuries directly but indirectly he did because of the pace he continuously pushed his team to perform, he’s not a rookie coach and he should have been able to make reads more accurately regarding his team and the competition, If MD were the type to make adjustments instead of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole with every game, I could see giving him another shot but that not being the case, I think it’s definitely time for him to go and I would like to see B Scott get a shot at coaching the Lakers.

      • Joseph Apohen

        The Lakers used Jabbar in his mid-forties and Pau is 10 years younger and of course Jabbar was surrounded by all stars and was coached by a man who knew how to use an old man.

        • Chrmngblly

          Kareem only played until he was 42. But if you are saying Pat Riley was a better coach than MDA, OK. Pau is also surrounded by all-stars, at least in the training room. Tell me what your point is again.

      • Daryl Peek

        Three straight trips to the WCF is wining in the playoffs. As I’m sure you know, I could give a rats ass about folks tired of me telling it like it is. Rewriting history is saying MDA can’t/has not won in the playoffs.

        • Chrmngblly

          DP. You forgot to say three straight trips to the WCF AND LOSING three straight times. Rewriting history is not telling the whole truth. Since they relieved him of his duties in Phoenix, what has he won since? Even with all the wonderful talent they gave him, Steve Nash in his prime, Amare in his prime, he couldn’t get it done in Phoenix. In my book that doesn’t make him a bad person or unskilled–he’s just a second tier coach. There is no need for you to try to sugar-coat MDA’s career, like you are. He had his day.

          • Daryl Peek

            “I’m always been more of a fan of having two bigs dominate the paint and pound teams and take advantage of their skill and size if you do have it,” said Gasol, who has averaged 22 points on 53-percent shooting and 12.4 rebounds in the last five games. “As long as I’m the center, I’m OK with it. If I have to play power forward and adjust to that position and be outside the paint and spacing out a lot, then it takes me out of my best game.”

            The Heat say such ideas coupled with more defensive consistency have brought the best out of them.

            “There’s always philosophical differences with every team,” Miami forward Shane Battier said. “But we’ve bought in and understand what works for us. It helps when you see results.”

            The Heat has had enough. After seeing Nash win two league most valuable player awards by running an offense that Spoelstra said “took us all by storm,” he’s convinced his players to buy into such concepts.

            “He maximizes the talent that he has,” James said. “He has guys out there playing positions they’re not accustomed to, but they’re comfortable because D’Antoni puts you in a position to succeed.”

            You are the one trying to rewrite history. These are words from the horses mouth’s.

          • Chrmngblly

            The way to settle this is to get Spoelstra to coach for us and MDA to coach for them. What they run is modified small-ball. You also have crossed a few time zones to make this bologna make sense..

            When was the last time Nash won an MVP? When did an MDA coached Phoenix team play Miami? I believe you really did hear these words from horses mouths, but you must have been hallucinating at the time. DP, get a grip. It’s not the same thing. What you’re doing is called a mash-up.

          • Daryl Peek

            Time index is of no matter. The Heat are still winning playing that style, so are the Spurs which is where Spo adopted it from as Pop took it on also. MDA does not run pure small ball anymore either. What part of Hill playing with Gasol is small ball? Sacre and Hill, Kaman and Hill, Kaman and Sacre? We’ve seen all of these combinations all season long at times and Gasol and Hill played together more than any, even early on in the season. This is why you and others need to SHUT it with the misuse BS. It’s a flat out lie!

            Again, with four centers on roster someone was gonna ride the pine and not be happy. If these players were so grossly misused why did they produce so well numbers wise? Get your lying trout mouf ISH together and stop it.

          • Daryl Peek

            BTW, These are direct quotes from said people dated, 01/22/14, 6:08 PM PST

        • Chrmngblly

          Let’s refresh. What is/are your point(s)? Where are you quoting from? So far, all I can see is that you rolled up a bunch of quotes and declared victory. Also, DP, skip the pomposity.

          The last time Nash won an MVP was eons ago—same as MDA winning in the playoffs. Everyone wants to give MDA credit for small-ball but he just rode Nash into the era of the three point line as far as I can see. Whatever name you want to call it, it came from the ABA and was designed to make the little guys more relevant and speed up the game–rather than just a scrum of bigs under the basket.

          OK. Point by point and tell me where you are quoting from.

          • Daryl Peek

            I don’t have time for all of that but you can read all of these quotes here…

            Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni’s offense can work, and the Heat are proving it

            By Mark Medina, Los Angeles Daily News POSTED: 01/22/14, 6:08 PM PST | UPDATED: ON 01/22/2014

            Most coaches are sought after due to their resumes and specifics of things in it. The ABA reference is true just as one could say MDA used Showtime principles and it is that which prompted Dr. Buss to choose MDA. Every HC rides superstar talent to glory in all of sports, so this is no arguing point. Phil lucked out on MJ as Krause paired him with Tex. Next was Kobe and Shaq. Pop is who he is because of Duncan. ETC.. with all great coaches. Many of the MDA replacement suggestions are no better than he is. This is the main point.

          • Chrmngblly

            No, no no no no no…..without the 3-point line, which was incorporated from the ABA, none of this small-ball bullshirt happens. Everything else you said on this particular point is about Xs and Os and pales in comparison with how the 3-pont line changed the game.

            Setting that aside, I will read the blog you parroted from and we will talk further, now that I know how busy you are…:-)

          • Chrmngblly

            Well, the difference is that all the coaches you just mentioned didn’t use “MDA’s system” exactly. Certainly Phil didn’t. Pop and Duncan, especially when the admiral was paired with Tim, didn’t. So of course, other teams pick out what they can use from their competition and incorporate it. What else is true is that all these other coaches you mention WON.

            I repeat, MDA’s weakness and your weakness is that neither you nor MDA sees the difference between the infantile edition of this system and where others have taken it, to wit: D and big men.

          • Chrmngblly

            Also, the reason I think he will be replaced has nothing to do with his major failings. He will be replace to get a fresh start and to distance the Lakers from all this MDA era losing.

            Yes, he is going to be made into a scapegoat.

            The only thing that could save him is if the FO foresees enough losing next year that it holds off in order to saddle him with those loses as well. What a miserable idea, huh?

  • $20509373

    Pau can easily play 5 more years. Can he play them all at a high level? That’s debatable.

    • Gabriel

      That’s 5 years of ni defense and rim protection, that’s for sure.

  • Hugh

    For those who say MDA hasn’t win anything, only 4 active coaches have won the title. Sdk u guess there’s 26 who are in the same boat