Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Six Questions From Opening Night


Are the Lakers in trouble?

Jacob Noble
No, the Lakers are not in trouble.  They will make the playoffs but their playoff success is in question with the fact, they have not won a single game in 11 tries.  Even great teams who are trying to get comfortable with each other will win an ugly game or two.  Mike Brown is the one in trouble in this situation.  He appears to have made the schemes too complicated.  There is a famous saying a teacher of mine had, “KISS-Keep It Simple Stupid.”

Payton Wales
No, not at all. I know that people want to see them play faster but Mike Brown is obviously aware that this team is a tad on the old side. That style of play will not last the season. Howard is not a 100% and should sit.  We all have to remember that the playoffs are a slowed down grind it out ordeal and this style of offense willbe conducive to that time of the year. 

James Holas
The lakers haven't had a check in the "W" column in 11 straight games (ok, 8 of those games were preseason), but I laugh at the notion that they're in "trouble". Integrating 2 new starters and a zillion new bench guys take time. Once he smartens up and unshackles Nash from the Princeton offense and Howard gets back into shape, the Lakers will be the 2nd best team out west.

Ray Harris
Lakers are definitely in trouble. Not really because of their failure yesterday to look impressive, yesterday is merely one game. I am more embarrassed for the Lakers because they clearly had no energy and seemed to be lethargic for most of the game. Howard clearly isn't healthy, and Nash is clearly not yet found where he fits into this offense. The Lakers haven't won any of their last 10 games including preseason and last years playoff loss. The Lakers organization, is in trouble.

Quentin Haynes
Nope. I think Los Angeles still have the talent to work this all out. The defense is a huge question mark, but that should get better as Dwight reaches 100%. The bigger question with me is Nash's health and that bench. Jodie Meeks and Jordan Hill are going to have to step it up. Nash looked lost at times with Collison guarding him, but it's just the first game. I need a larger sample size before proclaiming Los Angeles is in trouble.

How impressed with the Miami Heat were you?

Jacob Noble
They left no doubt that they are the heavy favorites.  A statement game on ring night for the defending champs reminded us how good they are.  Their ability to move the ball was impressive with their new guys.  Each player bought into the team mentality as they often passed up good shots for better shots.  Even more telling was that Lebron disappeared in the 4th quarter (dealing with cramps in the locker room) and somehow Miami still held on to beat a good Boston team.

Payton Wales
Very, unfortunately. They look like they are in cruise control and the pressure of the previous years is gone. There are so many shooters there to bail out and miguided drive to the hole that I want to puke. Sometimes life isn't fair. 

James Holas
Miami looked as I expected them to; relaxed and dangerous. LeBron looks like getting over The Hump unburdened him, and the team looks like it's picking up where they left off. Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen combining for 29 points spells trouble for the league.  Last regular season, no one was surprised when the Heat coughed up leads or froze in the clutch. Those days look to be over. Be afraid, NBA.

Ray Harris
I was impressed with the Miami Heat, but not overly impressed. It was one game so over reacting to it would be premature, however they do look comfortable together. For the first time, this team is at peace with its self. Their largest test this season will be Father Time. They have as a group and as individuals played a lot of games in the last 29 months. Seeing if they are healthy and energized in June will be their seasons largest question mark. 

Quentin Haynes
Very. I think Miami is going to kill a bunch of teams in the league, thanks to the "no position" structure. Lewis and Bosh in the post, James and Wade causing trouble on both ends, and "insert shooter here" to do just that. The Heat will be scary for most teams, but I still think they need another post guy, just in case.

Is Kyrie Irving the next superstar?

Jacob Noble
The media members blew up this offseason touting Kyrie Irving to be the next best point guard in the league.  Many of these advocates fought in debates that Irving is better than the likes of Rondo, Deron and others already.  Kyrie has the ability to lead with his scoring, which is similar to that of Derrick Rose. Kyrie will definitely be a superstar.  How soon remains to be seen but he did start off his first full NBA season the right way.

Payton Wales
 Yes. This kid has all the gifts. Can he keep it together as his star grows and stay healthy are the only major question. Oh and will he ever play for a contender. But yes, he is the leagues next marketable star. 

James Holas
Unequivocally YES. Following up his stupendous rookie season with 29 and the braggadocio to tell hic coach "we got this"? The boy is gonna be a STAR.

Ray Harris
Right now, Irving is a very good player, on a very bad team. I am one that is not a fan of this scenario. No fault of Irving's, and no disrespect, but he has to play well in late April for me to even notice. Superstars are not made in October. 

Quentin Haynes
He is. I think Irving is great, and he has the ability to be a top 20 player in the NBA, but he has to start playing defense. Last night, he looked lazy at times on the defensive end. If Irving could focus on defense, we could be looking at the next great point guard in the NBA

Where did Boston's defense go?

Jacob Noble
I never count out sleeping giants.  Every year we hear the same exact argument that teams like Boston and San Antonio are old. Boston has 6 rotational guys who are new to the system.  This defense is not easy to learn.  What I saw last night was poor rotations and help coverage by Boston which resulted in a lot of easy baskets for Miami.  They will improve on this as they build continuity, until then, expect the Celtics to experience growing pains.

Payton Wales
To the old folk home partially. The other part disappeared because they were playing the Heat and you need to have six Metta world Peace's on your team to guard them.

James Holas
It's there, slumbering. It's going to take time to integrate all the new faces, get them into the "Celtic Way". Rotations take time to build. By April, they'll be throwing that boa constrictor D on folks again.

Ray Harris
Boston's defense last night was either lack of effort or lack of knowledge. Granted, Miami spreads the floor better than any team in the league, meaning every rotation is at least 1 step farther. This is why I think their problem last night was more about Miami's offense, and their lack of knowledge about how to contain it. To beat Miami, teams will have to slow the game down and manage turnovers. Boston turned it over 15 times, not terrible but against Miami that's an issue. 

Quentin Haynes
Nowhere, you just played Miami. Boston should still be able to defend a large amount of teams in the league moving forward, but everyone is going to struggle with Wade, James, Bosh, and hot three-point shooters.

Are the Mavericks one of the deepest teams in the league?

Jacob Noble
Yes, they are one of the deepest teams.  This doesn’t necessarily mean they are a great or good squad because their starting rotation is weak.  However, when Dirk comes back, they will have plenty of options for Rick Carlisle.  They may have 9 solid NBA players, which to me shows their depth.

Payton Wales
No. They are middle of the road. But they are well put together and they know their offensive system. They caught a Lakers team that is still trying to figure it out. A month from now this game would go in the Lakers favor in a big way. 

James Holas
I'm not high on Dallas WITH Dirk, but I can acknowledge that OJ Mayo, Brand, Curry (heh),  lil Roddy B, Brandan Wright, and rookie Jae Crowder looked like the makings of a real team last night. Always nice to have options. Intrigued with how legit Dallas looks once Dirk and Kaman return. 

Ray Harris
The Mavericks are not an extremely deep team. They just wanted it more, got confident, and won. Simple as that. 

Quentin Haynes
Not really. I like the team's ability to play different styles on the court, but once Dirk/Kaman come back, some of these guys will rarely play. I think last night was an aberration, to be honest. 

How important is John Wall to the Wizards?

Jacob Noble
John Wall is an interesting player because some people have him overrated and others have him underrated.  Without having a true veterans to take him under his wing and a few bad ball clubs, John has never really improved throughout his short career.  This year is different, as the team has changed their look with 4 new starters.  Yes, John Wall is their most important player.  Without him, we saw their inability to set up the offense and move the basketball.

Payton Wales
He is their best player and the only player they have with star power. With that said they should trade him for a couple other players. Not because It will help the Wizards but because I don't want to watch Wall waste his career away there not being coached properly. 

James Holas
Great question in more ways than 1. As talented as he is, Washington needs to see some growth from Wall, as a leader and as a player. Somehow 2nd year man Irving has more presence with Cleveland than Wall has with the Wiz. It's approaching "put up or shut up" time for Wall once he's back in the line up.

Ray Harris
John Wall's importance to this team remains to be seen. It would seem as though they need him to guard the leagues premiere point guards, run the offense, and close out games. However I think the loss of Nene last night was far more important than Wall, or at least carried the same relevance. I think putting games in the hands of Wall to decide, is a mistake. 

Quentin Haynes
Very. Washington needed a guy like Wall last night. A.J. Price was terrible. The Wizards also played without Nene. Once both return to action, I actually like Washington. The defense at times was good, and the passing was as well. Beal needs more playing time, but Jordan Crawford was on fire, so I can't be mad.  

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