Originally posted by LA9erFan:
4ML...I don't know if it's just sour grapes on the part of the Lakers because most of this has come out after he's left, but there have been some reports of Dwight intentionally blowing up plays (especially pick & rolls) because he wanted post touches. There were also reports during the year (which I put more stock into) of teammates being really upset with Dwight for not playing hard.
The guy who was most outwardly pissed off at Dwight during the year (and has been just killing him afterward) is Nash. IMO, if you can't get along with Steve Nash as a teammate, there's a problem with you, because what Nash enjoys doing most is making other people look good. Some pretty damning stuff in here, and this if from February.
Those words from Nash are definitely damning stuff...but I feel the article does have some bias and is very speculative. "...he has been trying a little harder in recent weeks – aside from sitting out because of fears over shoulder pain."
I'm not a doctor, but from what I remember reading at the time - he did have an injury and he shouldn't have been playing on that shoulder. Maybe a guard can play through that, but playing at Center is a different animal with that injury.
But, you're right - Nash was pretty upset and he did feel Dwight was the reason why pnr hasn't been effective. I hope I wasn't coming off as someone who thinks Dwight did everything right. He's a top 5 player in the league. He needed to adapt to the new system when he forced the trade and wanted to move to a new team. He needed to be humble and learn how to make the process seamless for the coaches and the players. But, IMO - D'Antoni didn't do that either...and he was the coach and that is his main job. I was only saying that Dwight is gettin' too much of the blame...and that article is an example of that.
In the end, the biggest issue I see with Dwight is the lack of love and passion for the game needed to dominate in NBA year in and year out. That's something no one can help him with. If he doesn't improve his attitude towards the game, he will not win a title as THE GUY and he may still be a great player - but he won't come close to being the player he could have been.