Thibodeau knows how devastating a lineup like Rose-Butler-Deng-Gibson-Noah could be defensively, provided the team can squeeze enough spacing and points from it. "When we play Lu and Jimmy together, we just always feel like the game goes in the right direction for us defensively," Thibodeau says. "Teams just have a harder time finding their primary scoring options. I knew they could play well together." Butler runs the floor aggressively, a skill that could mesh well with Rose's high-speed transition bursts, Thibodeau adds.
Just when they were actually winning (3 in a row) on the road, this happens...
this could actually simplify things for D'Antoni and the lakers though right? Howard can become a "hero" and play through the shoulder/back pain and really have an excuse/reason to totally defer to kobe. Kobe can be kobe... or even better... this newer kinder/more sharing kobe... and lead the way....
from here you might as well just let pau go... fuck for all I know the lakers could snag Kevin Love in a three way/swap for pau.
knowing the lakers luck with getting superstars through trades... it could happen
Howard, who is also dealing with a shoulder injury, admitted during the interview Wednesday that his legs were going numb just from sitting in a chair. "When I got injured my nerves in my legs were short-circuited so basically because of my disk being on my nerves, basically shut everything down from my back all the way down to my toes," Howard said. The Lakers big man admitted his back is not 100 percent, something that's been obvious even before his shoulder was injured. It'll likely be next season before we see anything close to the dominant player we're used to watching, although where he'll be playing is anyone's guess.
Looks like we will see KobeBall again in the very near future.