Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Some observations from sitting behind the Laker bench last night...
-You guys are very poorly coached. Player movement is minimal, their communication on the court is nonexistent, and there's no enthusiasm in their body language.
-This team needs a PG in the worst way, or SOMEONE who can create open shots for other people. Neither the guards, wings, or bigs seem at all interested in getting someone else an open shot.
-Al Jefferson is overweight.
-Derrick Favors is enormous. Can't believe he's only 20. No skills though.
-Enes Kanter has a good motor. He's more skilled than he showed last night, so the fact that he keeps battling is a great sign.
-I've never seen a guy like Gordon Hayward. He doesn't at all look like a basketball player if you look at his face, but as soon as he touches a basketball you can tell that he was born to play the sport. Really smooth, fluid player. He needs more minutes.
-Ty Corbin is CONSTANTLY complaining.
-Someone needs to send Raja Bell to the glue factory.
Corbin is a horrible coach. I constantly see him yelling at the younger players if they make a mistake. We have a very talented team, but these guys have no idea what they should be doing. They look lost on the court.
Favors does have some skills, he just has a terrible time staying out of foul trouble. He can never get in any rhythm, and seems timid after he gets his first foul.
Harris, Jefferson, Miles, and Bell all need to go. I prefer Tinsley to Harris right now.
I think Hayward plays better at the 2 than the 3. He also needs the ball more. He is most effective with the ball in his hands, but we run our offense through Jefferson, who is a black hole once he gets the ball. Big Al has moments where he looks great, but really struggles with the double team, and is HORRIBLE on D. I also think Hayward is the best passer on the team. He needs to have more plays called for him.
I really hope we move some guys. I don't care what we get in return, we just need them GONE. Hayward, Favors, Kanter, Evans, and Burks are the only players worth keeping. I have no idea why Bell is out on the floor. He brings little defensively, misses open shots, and looks slow. Burks finally got some minutes late last night, and had 15 points in about 7 minutes. I know it was garbage time, but he was on fire. If he gets more time, he can be a special player. There hasn't been a player with his ability on the Jazz in a long time.
Again, Corbin needs to go. If he stays on all year we should easily have a top 3 pick, and possibly another lotto pick with the Warriors pick. The drop-off from Sloan to Ty is huge.
It'll be a long year, but I'm excited about the young talent regardless.