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2013 NBA Champions???

Yeah, yeah, I know, the NBA season hasn’t even started yet and I’m talking about champions. But what type of blogger would I be if I didn’t at some point get caught up in the hoopla surrounding the Dwight Howard trade? I mean, the acquisition of a great pg and a great center coupled with one of the greatest to ever play, automatically means championship, doesn’t it? Yeah….ummmm…no. There’s such a thing as team chemistry or lack there of that has beleaguered many talented squads. Then, there’s the idea that Steve Nash is a defensive liability. And lastly, there’s always the white elephant in the room, those faint fears that Dwight may no longer be superman, but rather Clark Kent. The last two points, while valid, aren’t major causes for concern. No, Steve isn’t a great a defender, but the majority of the guards in the league aren’t. And the chances of superman having lost all of his super powers are highly unlikely. Which brings me back to my initial point, team chemistry. My biggest fear is that Nash won’t be utilized in the most beneficial manner possible. Steve Nash has a knack for making everyone around him better. He controls the tempo of the game and is equally as efficient in the full-court and 1/4 set. He puts pressure on the defense with his dribble penetration, pushes temp to ignite the offense, makes the correct pass to the correct person at the correct time in the correct area, and oh yeah, he can shoot too. There’s only one small problem, he needs to have the ball in his hands the majority of the time to make these things happen. And let’s be honest, Kobe has dominated the ball since 1998, so why would he relinquish the reigns now? Not to mention, Señor Bryant has become quite comfortable with the mid post area. Not only does that eliminate the high low tandem between Pau and Dwight, but it also forces one of the league’s most dominant big men out of his most effective scoring position, and possibly puts the Lakers at a rebounding disadvantage. But hey, it’s not for me to figure out. That’s why they pay Mike Brown the big bucks. However, I believe that the success of the Lakers is predicated on Steve Nash being allowed to be Steve Nash.
Well, that’s my basketball 2 cents for the day…I’ll holla.


4 comments on “2013 NBA Champions???

  1. Daddy Rich
    August 29, 2012

    If Kobe don’t give up that rock…no chip…let Nash do his thing…and maybe…

    • janeehayes
      August 29, 2012

      Agreed 100%… I’m not sure if Kobe is ready to change his mindset and relinquish some control. I know you saw him in the Olympics and he had the best players in the world on his team.

  2. Kev
    August 30, 2012

    Ummmmmm…..I tihnk Kobe will defer to Nash and let him do his thing as long as he (Nash) is doing his thing but also getting the ball to Kobe. Kobe fell back at times last year and tried to let his team do there thang a few games but they couldn’t do it so he had to go back to the Kobewe know best…….but ur right, the team has to have chemistry to play together and get it done. Look at Bron Bron and em!!!

    • janeehayes
      August 30, 2012

      I’m not convinced that Kobe is ready to fall back. After watching him play during the Olympics, alongside the best players in the world, he seemed very intent on taking the game into his hands and often times resulted in poor clock management and bad shots. If you can’t trust Lebron, KD, Chris Paul, etc., then who can you trust?

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