D.Mo got put in, in the last minute of the Lakers loss vs OKC, and managed to log an assist.
I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Hopefully Sessions/Blake become a scapegoat and get shipped out so Darius can get some playing time. Better even if Darius gets traded to a team where he could get some minutes.
If the Butterfly cant earn PT next year on this team then his NBA career will be shorter than I thought.
Must be a btn analyst
He's a good guy, but he's a stat stuffer on a bad team, he doesn't make a good team great. Plus he shows no interest in playing defense.
Cmon, I have to relive this loss, I have to say that every time I see darius it means mike brown has found a way to lose another game. I hope he gets fired.
Although I don't believe Mike Brown is a very good coach, the Lakers were outmatched in this series. I don't think Phil wouldn't won either.
Outmatched?? Better yet, out coached. Your season is on the line and its a two possession game, and you bench Kobe. Mike Brown will be fired
Who was 7 feet tall could move his arse, a couple of the close game would have gone to the Lakers.
Finally somebody else sees the obvious. I watched the last couple of games with my 10 year old who is tall and plays C/F. We focused on Bynum so he could see how to play low on the block, box out and pound the boards. Unfortunately Bynum does none of it except for an occasional lob dunk. Time after time Bynum headed back on defense instead of trying to get an offensive rebound and missed several box outs that resulted in Thunder offensive put backs.
A physical beast (size, not personality). Maybe he just weighs so much out keeps his feet continually flat.
So annoying to watch him stand around.
The Lakers won more games this post-season under Mike Brown than they did last year under Phil Jackson, and they were arguably a better team last year, a year younger at least.
Phil Jackson was the best at figuring out how to take massive egos and blend them into a unit that plays together. He was a genius at pushing the right button on the right player at the right time.
Some may not agree with his hierarchal approach to coaching, where some players are "more equal than others," but you can't argue with his results. I see what he did as effective, corporate-style management. He rewarded his top producers with what many see as a "separate set of rules," and dangled them over the heads of those who didn't produce as the classic "carrot."
Phil Jackson would have had his performers performing, his role players playing their roles, and his bench players enjoying the view. They might not have won, but he wouldn't have let them fall apart.
And, just so you know, because of the rivalry with the Bulls, I don't even like Phil Jackson, but I will give him his due as one of the best.
My point was not who was the better coach. Obviously the Lakers would've been more competitive with Phil as coach, as he's one of the great ones. My point was that no matter the coach this Lakers team does not beat this OKC team.
As a Cavs fan, my reaction to the Lakers hiring Mike Brown was "LOL WUT". Of all the possible coaches to replace Phil Jackson...
Has Darius grown a goatee?
For Darius's sake, I hope his career reaches a point where there isn't a new MGoBlog thread every time that anyone sees him on television.
Agreed, or a thread title implying that he is some kind of endangered species.
His career sure is. The Lakers suck and PG and he was THIRD STRING!!
The Lakers don't really play with a traditional point, though, because so much of their offense runs from Kobe to the post. They don't want a point to push the pace, since they're so old and trying to preserve Kobe's knees, and they don't really rely on dribble penetration because they play so much of a high/low/wing game between Pau, Bynum, and Kobe.
Everyone thought the Lakers were a good match for Morris because their PGs were so weak, but they really just primarily use an off guard who will space the floor and occasionally curl off a screen into the lane. Sessions was a good match until he lost all confidence in his shot during the post-season, but those aren't Morris's strong points in any way. He's always played with the ball in his hands and engineered the offense as a traditional point.
And in trying to figure out how he could fit in, he was really hurt by the fact that there was virtually no training camp this year and very few practices during the season. He got a little run early in the year, but clearly didn't know what he was supposed to be playing, overdribbled and dominated the ball, and Brown buried him on the bench. (And Brown as coach was a bad match as well, because he was always going to be struggling to protect his job).
Hopefully, Morris can work this off season to remake his game, allowing him to play without the ball or I can't imagine the Lakers investing another year's salary.
The main thing is to have someone at the position the other teams respect, and someone that can play defense. At the very least someone that can do one of them well. Whether its the Lakers or not I'm not sure Darius is not good at either. The bright spot is, anyone can develop a consistent jump shot and if he works hard this summer he can improve enough to become that starting PG that LA needs. He's already a huge true PG and adding some tenacious D and a jumpshot can pave the way for a long career.
Your first point is right on. No teams respected/feared Sessions or Blake and they just collapsed off of them, clogging the lane and really hampering the Lakers' post game. Kenny did a good pictures session in one of the halftimes showing how much their defenders were able to play off of them. An even more extreme version of this is happening to the Heat now, since they only have two players on their entire roster that the Pacers feel they have to defend.
Haha thats great.
I see Darius almost every Laker's game. He is the designated man for cool handshakes and celebrations.
I would love me some Darius Morris as the new backup at PG... that is if George Karl didn't decree that all of his lineups had to have a minimum of two PG's and at least two players over 32 years old. I think Darius could easily handle a role where he plays 15-20 Minutes a night.
He simply came out 1, maybe 2 years too early...
He'll get better but it'll take some time. He's got to learn how to handle the ball and control the ball/pace of the game better.
I thought LA would've been a good fit, but he may be better off in NYC playing for the Knicks, or even in OKC when Derek Fisher leaves to try to back up Westbrook.
He's never going to be Eric Snow. But he can't be a turnover machine either. Hopefully he can find an offense that wants to run and plays to his skills a little better.
There are exceptions (Jeremy Lin), but generally it's hard to get better at skills you need as a PG without seeing more PT than he's been getting. And even Lin has, in my opinion, merely done the things he was already good at, so he may not be a great counter example.
Morris needs a situation where he can play, whether it's in the D-league or as a backup. Being the last guy off the bench is the absolute worst place he can be.
The Lakers are going to be a bad fit as long as Kobe and Mike Brown are there. Brown's never really emphasized pushing the ball, even when he coached Lebron, and the offense will always run through Kobe as long as he's there. The way they play just doesn't suit Morris's skill set.
OKC is the kind of team he needs to look for, a team whose offense is predominantly pick and roll, who can use a backup point who is a solid passer for 10-15 minutes a game.
In any other year, I think Morris would have been fine coming out and would have gotten more run. In the lockout year with the compressed schedule, though, the combo of no training camp and very little practice time worked against Morris finding any niche for the Lakers. And that's what he'll always be, I imagine, a niche player who does a couple things very well.
I wish Darius was in Detroit. The pistons would actually be worth a shit.