About Last Night: PG Issues in LA?

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Miami isn’t the only high-profile team struggling to slow down opposing team’s point guards.

The two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers are going through some trials and tribulations of their own in that regard. In fact, the Lakers’ three-game losing streak has been highlighted by opposing point guards attacking them, including last night’s monster effort from Hang Time Grizzlies flash Mike Conley.

He was the tip of the Grizzlies’ spear, abusing older and slower point guards Derek Fisher and Steve Blake to the tune of a team-high 28 points, which including a 4-for-5 shooting display from long distance.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson insists the problem with opposing point guards is a deeper issue for his team than what’s gone on in the last three games, per our main man Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times:

“We’ve had trouble with them from the last two or three years,” Jackson said. “So that’s nothing new. There are quick guards in this league.”

The Lakers never could quite figure out how to slow down the left-handed, fleet-footed Conley.

He burned them for 10 points in the fourth, missing just one of his five shots, making his only three-pointer.

That came with 1:41 left and it gave the Grizzlies a seven-point lead they held on to.

“Defensively, we had trouble keeping in front of him,” Jackson said. “And a lot of that is help from the big guys. A lot of it is his talents.”

Sunday night, Indiana point guards Darren Collison and T.J. Ford combined for 19 points and eight assists. Last Friday night, Utah point guard Deron Williams hit the Lakers for 29 points on 10-for-14 shooting, and 12 assists.

Sound familiar?

We discussed a similar situation regarding Heat in this space a couple of weeks ago. We can’t help but wonder how big a problem opposing guards (or more specifically an opposing point guard like Rajon Rondo) will be for these elite teams come the playoffs.

It might end up being the difference between winning and losing a series, if everything else is a wash.

The San Antonio Spurs should have no such worries, not with the way their point guards, and everyone else on the roster, are playing these days. They Spurs headline the Daily Zap from Tuesday night’s action:

You need to make sure and check out the Top 10, too, because our guy Josh “McBob” McRoberts makes yet another appearance for the grassroots campaign we started weeks ago to get him to Los Angeles for All-Star Weekend:

93 Comments

  1. Playa4life says:

    Kobe is the Best player in the league but I noticed this lakers team needs an energy guy like Ronny Turiaf who with his hustle player and intensity bring bench and other player to life and this team is lacking that defensive intensity…..with kobe coming from knee surgery he can’t play lock down D like he used to but I think this Lakers team is missing DEFENSIVE INTENSITY!!! Once we find that nobody can Stop us….

  2. cplus says:

    OK! Let’s calm down and think through this a little carefully. Anyone with sense knows Phil Jackson teams are not point guard strong, so slow your role and learn about the game historically before typing up nonsense. You go find a team with a strong point guard(s) that hasn’t given Jackson’s teams a fit? (waiting) I can’t even begin to start thinking of them because the Lakers defensive structure is TEAM orientated. So, to my fellow Lakers fans, don’t even waste more time about this. We know fast guards are a problem, but the TEAM knows how to come through when necessary. And, I don’t want to ever hear anybody compare the challenges this squad is having with that of oooohh, the Miami fl-Heat. Rmbr, Miami is not chasing after a 3rd championship in a ROW. Miami realistically (as they were when Boston took them out of the playoffs last year) is trying to make the playoffs, and get a high seed (seeing as nothing guaranteed). What the Lakers are trying to do, is far more difficult, and history shows teams that have gone on to three-peat, don’t always have the stellar regular seasons everyone might expect (except Boston in the 60’s, minus 1966 + 67)….zeen!!!

  3. DeVita says:

    Hi, guys! I’m a Lakers fan and Kobe’s as well, but I must admit that the 2010-2011 Lakers team should keep moving the ball around as they were doing at the season’s beggining. Just take a look at the stats and the number of assists on the 15 first games (AVG 24,5 per game) X and on the 4 last games (AVG 17,7 per game). Lakers have to move the ball now more than ever and have all players scoring. Some points to be highlighted: (i) sometimes we have to understand that the Lakers are not succeeding in a game and Kobe has to step up (not always the stats reflect this and we have the impression that Kobe didn’t dish/is keeping the ball to much; (ii) Gasol’s minutes per game played and the season has just started (let’s wait for Bynum return); and (iii) Kobe is getting older indeed, but Kobe is Kobe (just remember the last year, and everybody was saying the same thing). Go Lakers! See ya’

  4. Hector says:

    It’s amazing that the Lakers lose 4 in a row and all of the sudden everyone thinks they can’t play together. I haven’t missed a Lakers game in 7 years. They will be fine, the problem they are having is that their interior is Gassed by the 4th quarter. Pau played 42 minutes against Memphis and another 41 last night. The absense of Theo Ratliff and Andrew Bynum has set them back some. They will be fine once they get some depth back in the interior and Pau can play his natural position at the 4. Derrick Caracter is a great talent, I watched him last year at Texas-El Paso, unfortunately, he only has half a college season of basketball under his belt as experience. He actually has gotten mor NBA Experience than he got in college so he is very much wet behind the ears. They will be ok as long as Pau doesn’t get too over-worked for too long.

    BTW, would you all quit comparing Kobe Bryant to MJ. It is unfair and and quite frankly pointless. As Bill Russell, Jerry West, Magic, Kareem, Larry and Michae were the best of their respective eras, Kobe has defined this era and it is unfair to compare them too each other because they all played different positions and the game was different when they played. In 5 or 6 years we will be trying to compare Kevin Durant to MJ or Lebron, for crying out loud, get off this subject and enjoy what we are seeing with these great players because they only come once a generation. Kobe is still the best player in the game in this era….outside of that, it is a moot point.

  5. nobiashere says:

    Alright, these comments about Jordan and Kobe need to go… First off, this article was about PG’s. and yeah Kobe may not be as good as Jordan, but who else would you compare to? Kobe comes the closest to Jordan. Kobe does move the ball around, he averages a decent amount of assists for someone who use to get like 2 assists per game… He began to take more shots because of the lack of trust. I mean all of their shooters all struggling as well.. Therefore, Kobe has the need to take most of the shots. But the main key in the Lakers success is Gasol, he is currently the best player in NBA… (so the analysts say) and he needs to step it up, because he is a good offensive and defensive player. he is a playmaker… kobe is getting older now and obviously he’s not going to be as explosive, but he still is a really good player. so i don’t think there should be hating on Kobe because he can easily be in the top 5 players this year by far.

  6. matheous says:

    first of all the article is not about MJ vs KB but since you guys brought up the subject, I will make a reference to it.

    The main thing which Kobe fans need to understand is Kobe rings arent equal to Jordan rings. Even if Kobe won 6, it wouldnt be the same as Jordan 6.
    Michael was unquestionable MVP of all 6 whereas Kobe has only 2 MVPs so far. He was like Scottie Pippen during LAs first 3peat. Why do you skip 10 scoring tittles, defensive player of the year, season MVPs, finals MVPs? why do you skip that?

    In this game we dont take shortcuts. You cant put Kobe in the same sentence with MJ basing on 81 pts game and 4 straight 50+ games. Im not saying Kobe is bad, not at all, he’s probably the best today but he has nothing on MJ, completely nothing.

  7. Kevin says:

    Ok i got a few things to say here but dont get me wrong.

    Kobe is getting old and he is not like the player he use to be. Kobe is my favorite player and Lakers is my favorite player. With that being said I think kobe is not as good as he use to be now. He use to dunk and hit better shots. But now he is sucking at shooting and not hitting as much shots. I say kobe needs to get back on track and needs to shoot better and scoring over people

  8. sane says:

    well.. mj the great player or one of the greatest basketball player ever to play and all that, never really played in a league with an insane amount of talent and athleticism- dwight, lebron,melo, wade, elite point guards everywhere.. deron, rondo, kidd, nash,paul, brooks,.. look at the new kids coming in.. wall, fields, blake.. look at the guys close to retirement.. garnett, shaq, ray allen,.. look at the technology and support systems.. consider the coaching staff in the current era.. this is a different nba league from mjs time.. stop comparing! . they are all amazing.. lets compare when we can count ourselves among them. period.

  9. shutup!!!!!!!!!!! says:

    1st of all this article is about lakers PG issue…not mj vs kobe. im a lakers fan, but yes mj is the greatest. kobe is the closest player to mj but not quite. and remeber mj won his rings in his early to mid 30s…kobes still only in his early 30s. also, shutup about shaq! mj had hall of famer scottie pippen,..u dont get in the NBA hall of fame is ur not a superstar who can carry a team.

    anyway the problem for the PG issue is simple, play kobe PG…he will shoot less (hence fixing that issue) but can still finish off a game when he needs to.

    PG: Kobe
    SG: Shannon
    SF: Ron
    PF: Lamar
    C: Pau

    but obviously that will change once bynums back in at C

  10. canto tiñio says:

    Kobe can be the best point guard if he wants to..

    Jordan takes a lot of shots too, saved by the refs. he’s also overrated to be the marketing arm of the NBA in the 90’s.

  11. youarefunny says:

    MJ is MJ. Kobe is Kobe. The 90’s is different from this decade. So stop the MJ-Kobe comparison. This article is talking about PG issues in LA. Fisher is great in the clutch moments of the game but defensively, not much. He gets owned by Westbrook, Deron, Nash, Paul, Rondo and Rose. They really need a quicker guard. and Steve Blake is not the one that I am talking about. Probably a Shannon Brown type of guy.

  12. thegreatest says:

    I am a fan of Michael Jordan since I was a kid. I really admired him… I thought that his skills and popularity will not be matched for a long time. And I even saw Kobe Bryant as very far from him during the late 90’s. But when i started to watch his game, his fire and his extreme popularity in the world, I believe we are seeing a person that will rival MJ’s greatness.

    • MJ234Life says:

      You most definitely did NOT watch the games that you are sayin noone else watched. KB is NOT on the same level as MJ. MJ transcended the game, while KB has tried his best to imitate, which has fell far short. Again this is a PG issue for LA thread not MJ n KB.

  13. thegreatest says:

    Kobe is in the same level as MJ. We have to admit that..both talent, competitive fire and popularity…Anyone who denies this doesn’t really watch and analyze NBA games. Or you don’t have to analyze..just watch and see facts…By the way..I am for Steve Aschburner’s resignation as a biased writer…A lot of people have already saw the partiality of Mr. Aschburner..

  14. Rankx says:

    This is my analysis. Phil is totally correct that this has been a weakness in the lakers for the past few years and I have been a lakers fan all my life so I know this. Kobe is not playing at such a high level right now but I think it is not fair to only point fingers at him. Gasol has also been playing terribly. I think kobe has started looking for his a bit more in the past few games and it does hurt the team somewhat. Guys become more passive to him and when he is shooting at a low percentage it puts more pressure on their defense. This is a team game. Kobe should run his first quarter heat check. When the heat is not there then divert to teammates. Or start by diverting to teammates and he can look for his when everyone is comfortable. This is how he should play now. However the team as a whole is not shooting well so Its not just on Kobe. BTW Kobe is my favorite player in the NBA.

  15. Patrick says:

    I think Phil Jackson need to start Steven Blake

  16. danilo says:

    kobe is different from mj. but kobe is more talent than mj. the only different is mj is a leader that mj make best. while kobe has everything talent in basketball, 360 dunk in front of opponent. that koe without mj. kobe hater sorry kobe is the best.. he will be the champion this season….

    • MJ234Life says:

      Danilo
      You obviously never watched MJ in his prime and thats ok. But MJ most DEFINITELY has more talent than KB, sorry.

      Ida
      Tell KB to get 4 more MVP’s, 8 more scoring titles, Defensive Player of the Year and 3 steals titles at the LEAST, then maybe you can mention them in the same sentence. Until then everyone should’ve let this go at the Lakers PG troubles.

  17. danilo says:

    kobe is the best… i know the will come up a straight win soon… kobe lead your team.. just believe yourself your team is the best. you have a chance to become a champion this season……..

  18. languager says:

    LA will remain a force to reckon with come playoff time. no doubt about it. they have been hounded by those problems and others as well in the past. in those past they were the champions. need i say more?

  19. lakersfan1 says:

    the problem isnt just the point guard position..steve blake is shooting great..the bench is amazing the starting 5 is not showing up . bynum should have had surgery sooner but it was his choice not to(what a damn shame). gasol is playing like a sissy girl again not aggressive at all he couldnt post his brother,roy hibbbert,brad miller or luis scola -___- common man hit the weights. artest needs to hit the gym again and practice his defense bc honestly i dont see it anymore. kobe is alright he’ll figure it out and i dont see fisher taking the leadership role anymore. whats goingg on ?? shoutout to odom, brown,blake,barnes,character,ebanks. vujacic common man u letting shannon take all ur damn minutes better hop off the damn tennis court and start shooting them threes and locking down on d. the year we lost to the celtics vujacic played his best now hes just the 2010-2011 adam morrison. but regarding the 4 game losing streak we will be fine . well be alot better w/ ratliff and bynum coming back soon.

  20. Ida says:

    @MJ>KB Tell Jordan to score 81pts…LOL…Or 62 thru 3 quarters…O..Nevermind…Don’t get me wrong…I am a Lakers Fan and a Fan of Kobe….Kobe is not better than Jordan at this point of his career…But, there is no one in this league that can match Kobe’s offensive skills. “kobe is overrated..” That is a joke! Lebron has won only media awards aka MVP(MVP isn’t want it used to be).

    I can’t remember but within the 3inrow losses…The ball was givin back to Kobe when he was way above the 3pt line. If you think Kobe was happy with taking that shot from a far–think again.

    Anyways..lets talk about PGs lol

  21. Paul Wadyal says:

    You guys need to watch the Lakers play, there will be long stretches when they stop being aggressive and won’t bang to get some points.
    That’s one of the reasons Kobe Bryant keeps shooting aggressively, because no one else does.
    Who else is as aggressive as Kobe on that team? Seriously, name one person. You can’t!
    The other reason Kobe Bryant “shot jacks” is because he doesn’t.
    Did you guys understand that?
    There’s constantly players ready for double teams and sometimes even triple teams the MOMENT that Kobe gets the ball in his hands. You think it’s easy shooting over so many defenders? When Kobe gets in that mode, YES he shoots extremely well, but then again he’s just testing his hand out.
    I mind as well put the third reason in, the previous two season everyone kept saying Kobe Bryant was hazardous to the Lakers, and yet they won the Finals. They didn’t lose four in a row but they lost against the Cavaliers and other teams which made you lost confidence.
    What you guys don’t understand is that the Lakers want a ring, and they’re just starting to warm up. You guys are idiots if you don’t see that the Lakers are in cruise control…

  22. yallarefunny says:

    I love how some of you guys are spewing out constant bullsh#t. this has nothing to do with anything besides PGs on the lakers but like ALWAYS, the discussion turns into miami heat arguments and MJ/KOBE/LBJ arguments…
    at the end of the day the season is just too early.
    lakers lose 4 in a row is not surprising at all. they will still reach WCF
    miami heat are playing sh#tty. not surprising at all. they will still reach the ECF if the chemistry clicks and we’ll see if udonis and mike miller make a difference
    lakers have PG issues? not surprising. derek fisher been drawing too many charges in his career im surprised he’s still alive.
    like all of you guys preach: it is not a one man game. even if derek fisher is slow to guard a PG doesnt change the result of the game. the lakers won multiple championships with the same PG. btw im not a lakers fan.
    and to touch on the comparison topic, last 2 yrs lebrons > kobe now > lebron now
    MJ shouldnt be mentioend since he doesnt play anymore obviously

  23. Tenki says:

    The season is barely a quarter finished, and yet many of us basketball fans jump into conclusions, from the mundane to the simply uncalled for. Dallas is having a hot streak, and so are the Jazz and the Spurs. Miami is on a slump, and so are the Lakers, albeit LA had the best start in the league prior to their four-game losing streak. Point is, things really happen in an 82-game schedule, and most teams haven’t payed their 21st game yet.

    The first week of December isn’t a time of panic. Teams can catch fire after the All-Star break, and things REALLY happen. If any of you guys remember Houston’s 22-game winning streak, the string of wins were cut short barely before the playoffs started, and it was enough to give Rick Adelman Coach of The Year honors, enough to put Houston in a playoff situation.

    Looking for issues at this time of the season can be healthy for a team if you can make adjustments for the rest of the season, and it does not necessarily mean trades, which could disrupt team chemistry. Besides, the NBA has abolished the “illegal defense (man-to-man)” rule ages ago, so it won’t be a problem for teams to create situations defensively in their favor.

    P.S: Jordan>Kobe, miles away, hands down. MJ should score 120 the way defense is played today, period.

  24. Lester Aure says:

    Is PLAYOFFS started? C’mon! 13-6 win-loss in 19 games? LAKERS just getting started.

    http://www.facebook.com/LesterTolentinoAure

  25. dominick says:

    remember andrew bynum has been out the whole season so far and the lakers are still off to a good start.
    whe he comes back he will take a lot of pressure off of everybody else. so kobe wont have to take 20 30 shots a night and the lakers will be even harder to beat. but about the point guard problem…i dont know. ive noticed that has been a problem the last couple years. fisher just isnt quick enough to keep up with these fast guards like chris paul and russel westbrook. Lakers will still get it together in the playoffs and make it to the chamionship like they did these past 3 years. the lakers basiclly won these past 2 championships without bynum.

  26. anonymous says:

    Haters of Kobe, is it that you just cannot accept the fact that he’s the best in the league today and have snatched the championship 2 times in a row? AND So what if D. Fisher cannot really defend fast PGs? Understand that he has age. Given that, quality basketball is all about playing consistently and D. Fisher has shown that. He is also a really clutch player demonstrated in the Finals against The Celtics. No doubt about that. Young PGs are fast but they haven’t really proven themselves. Afterall, Kobe is still the king and won 2 more championships even without Shaq.

  27. kobe4life says:

    first of all this is about pg issues so I don’t get why these online nerds keep bringing up kobe. Also if you say kobe is overatted you are an idoit. That just means you don’t even wacth basketball. I can bring up so many of his games were he had 50+ points with a 50% fg. So i don’t know what you are talking about shut the hell up. He had a .600 pecent when he scored 81.

    I dodn’t think these idoits have been following ball for a long time stupid kids don’t know anything. Kobe isn’t even my favorite player so don’t use your stupid immature brains and say get off kobes ****. I admit he is doing stupid plays so far into the season though.

    • MJ234Life says:

      KB has the 3 worst shooting 50 point games, 7 of the 15 worst, and 10 of the 25 worst since 1986. Thats half of all his 50 point efforts LOL. KB will NEVER be the shooter that MJ was. EVER. PERIOD.

      • anonymous says:

        True. But are other players able to do just that? Take many shots and score 50 points. The answer is a definite NO. Kobe is able to do that and his teammates have no problem with that. They trust him and he is still as clutch as ever.

  28. me says:

    Guys… we’re barely scratching the surface of the whole season… like the past season, the lakers will crank it up at the midseason til the end of eliminations… they still have the same zen master… to repair whatever problems they’re having from the PG position… if its crunch time kobe moves to defend the PG isnt it right? but i guess they do not need to do that yet… they are not showing all of their cards until the playoffs

  29. Lakers ALL DAY says:

    People, give me a break. Lakers have proved two things last season that makes this article obsolete. For one, their lack of ability in guarding opposing PGs is superseded by their play in other areas, and them being back-to-back champions proves this. Last year in the playoffs, the Lakers faced some of the best PGs in the league! They faced Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, Steve Nash, and Rajon Rondo. Guess what? They still won! This season, they have upgraded at that position, so they are better off now than they have been the previous two championship seasons. They also proved last year that having a stellar regular season isn’t too important. They need to win enough games to gain home-court advantage through their conference playoffs and, preferably, through the finals. A three-game skid here and there doesn’t really mean anything in the scheme of things. Granted their schedule gets very tough in February and March, so they need to be playing at a high level then. But now, in December? Not too worried….

  30. AdelaideAus says:

    Did everyone forget that the lakers got past the best point guards in the league through the playoffs during the last three years?

    Nash, Williams, Westbrook, Rondo, Paul, Parker, Kidd, Carter…

    They are the two time champs and have made the finals for three consecutive seasons. The reason they haven’t already had a three-peat is because they couldn’t defend Garnett in the post not because Rondo out-played them. A problem they have since reticfied.

    Before anyone says they can’t defend point just check their playoff history.

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  32. abeast says:

    for the last 2 years lakers have started slow so this 3 game losing streak is not a big concern but i do agree and i have thought this for about 3 years…fisher is just too old!! but as for kobe i dissagree he has been the one keeping lakers focused and in the game the past three years and even before that when the need some one to step up its been him but yes he is aging and playing with a few injuries but still he is the greatest in the game and no one should be comparing the heat to the lakers the heats strugles are on defence and rebounding

  33. trufan24 says:

    alot of teams will give lakers a run for their money (denver, rockets, spurs, okc, hornets, dallas, etc…) but this has been the case for the past 3 seasons and the lakers will win regardless….wana know why? because Pau fits in perfectly with lakers duh! the acquisition of Pau is just one of those rare perfect trades…where u acquire a guy and he completes the puzzle right away. The thing about the Lakers is that they are so good at overcoming obstacles when it matters most (playoffs)…sure theylll have struggles from time to time but which team doesn’t? You wana know why the Lakers are so good? The Lakers’ 5 starters dominated full roster teams last season….I think in the entire playoff season last year, the Lakers had the weakest bench but their starters were more than enough to defeat 4 teams (OKC, Jazz, PHX, Boston), sure celtics fans can say that Perkins went down, but that’s one guy, what does that say about Boston? that Perkins was their best player? Big Baby had a big game 4, what happened to him when it mattered most? Point is Lakers are the best at overcoming threats

  34. adam wasser says:

    don’t forget the Hornets nearly forced a game 7 with the Lakers 3 or 4 years ago

  35. adam wasser says:

    Mavericks (Kidd, Haywood, Chandler), Thunder (Eboka and Westbrook), Jazz (Williams, Milsap, Jefferson), Spurs, (parker, Duncan, Brazil rookie Center), and the Hornets (Paul, West, and Okafor) will give Lakers trouble come playoff time due to either size matchup challenges at the 4,5, or 1 positions, or speed disadvantages at the 1 position.

  36. corts says:

    make shannon brown as PG

  37. kim says:

    hey stupid the lakers lost three in a row an dont say bad team cause the lost time a check the heat lost to bad teams an they have the three queens.look at the lakers record to the heat stupid an they will stay be in the finals

  38. lafan24 says:

    kobe is just as good as mj kobe is good enough to be mentioned in the same conversation as micheal.hes taking the lakers three times to the finals and one it twice in the past 3yrs after this year itll prove hes as good as mj

    • FRANCISCO says:

      HE DOES NOT TAKE THEM , THEY GO BECAUSE THE TEAM IS REALLY FULL OF GOOD PLAYERS

    • MJ > KB says:

      No KB is NOWHERE NEAR MJ’s LEVEL, sorry try again

      • MJ = KB says:

        Kobe is the best player in the NBA today. Basketball is different than back when MJ played. And Lakers will 3peat this year! So they go through a rough spot and lose a few games?? They always come back. Cant win em all!

    • MJ234Life says:

      NO, KB is NOwhere near as good as MJ, sorry bout it.

  39. Edwardo says:

    im going to start by if kobes not the closest 2 jordan who is. N 4 the person who said kobe cnt touch jordan on his best day, im pretty sure thaton Kobes best day he put up 81 i think. but i see where yu say kobe isnt close to jordan numbers wise but kobe has had the same affect on the nba as jordan did. he is the face of the NBA wen yu think of top guard in the league in the past decade its been kobe. He’s 1 ring away from the same as jordan and nonody has put up anything close to jordans season points average of 37 points til Kobe averaged 35 points for a season

    • FRANCISCO says:

      35 POINTS BUT SHOOTING 45%, LBJ GOT 29 POINTS LAST YEAR SHOOTING OVER 50(50.3) IF HE HAD TAKEN MORE SHOTS(HE DID NOT NEED IT) HE HAD GOT 35 ALSO WITH A BETTER %.IT IS ABOUT QUALITY.

  40. Law064 says:

    LOL but we can’t compare the 2 teams as of now. Lakers are the defending champs (They were given the title but anyhow) The Heat are a new era team. The only problem I have with the heat is how the media crowned them before the season started. The Fans on the blogs crowned them as well. The Lakers didn’t get attention that the Heat got well no team got that type of attention. When LA won they’re 1st 8 games all I saw was ohh the Lakers can’t be stopped 3 peat it’s inevitable now they’ve lost 3 straight and reality has set in for the most part. Regular season is still young and it’s plenty of time before the playoffs but the playoffs are a different story. Hopefully Dallas San Antonio and other western conf. teams stay strong and make it a challenge for LA. The Heat still have building to do, with their roster now they can’t be considered a championship caliber team. They will in the future and I think people need to lay off Erick Spo because he’s not the problem. LA has had PG issues for the longest and they will continue to have that problem because fisher can’t guard any of the lightning quick guards like CP3 Rondo D Will and Westbrook to name a few. But like Phil said they’ve had that for years so it’s nothing new. I agree trade Kobe let West come coach and waive Gasol lol

  41. Omi says:

    You guys are so funny blowing this out of proportion.

    Right now they are going through a dynamo effect. Gasol and Odom are wearing down. Last couple of games Gasol and Odom have had to play heavy minutes as two of their bigs are out. They are playing with two bigs at moment. Last two games Gasol played 45 minutes and he is not the athletic type that can handle that. Pretty much that has a dynamo effect on the Lakers where Kobe is forced to take extra very low efficiency shots that if someone else took … would have very little chance getting them in. Right now their team’s bench been on struggle two. But hey this is regular season so you go through these ups and downs. Last time I remember they won the last two championships and how times has the media and the people who get convinced (puppets of media) start crying oh the Lakers are done now. LOL

    Its just too funny … people just don’t get it do they. So if Lakers win a few in a row now. Story will change again.

  42. JM1886 says:

    Fransisco if you’re a Kobe hater, be proud about it. Don’t diss him and then say you’re not a hater. This article has nothing to do with an MJ comparison, yet you make an MJ comparison.

    Defending the PG position has been an issue for LA in recent years, but it hasn’t seemed to be that big of an issue. (3 straight NBA finals appearances, winning two out of the last 3). No reason to push the panic button at all.

    • FRANCISCO says:

      I do not hate playerS, I hate lies.Now they want to be BLAME fisher. IT seems that they need a superstar in every position
      and then KOBE TAKES THE CREDIT

      • Tom says:

        did the article give kobe any credit? i didnt see any all i see is Dfish Cant defense fast PG cuz of the age and low. and please u are a hater on kobe go look at all ur post and reread it and tell me ur not a hater?

      • Hector says:

        They have no interior right now (Bynum out another week and a half or 2, Ratliff out 3-5 more weeks and Caracter is a rookie still trying to comprehend that he is in the NBA now and not C-USA), the problem doesnt stem from strictly the PG position. If you look, the oppostion’s PG are doing their damage when their interior is worn down. Pau has played and average of over 40 minutes in the 4 losses, he is gassed plain and simple. Once they get the interior back, you will see a huge differnce…….relax, it’s only December (first week at that)

  43. anonymous says:

    i don’t understand why people are having doubts about Kobe’s ability, just because The Lakers are losing. They often overlook the ability of Kobe and his team and fail to understand that every team has its off days. if Kobe ain’t at Mike’s level, he wouldn’t have 5 rings now. The level and quality of a player isn’t just determined by his stats. It’s about his iverall contribution to the game. I would say though Kobe isn’t exactly at Mike’s level, he is making his way there. He has left a deep footprint in the game of basketball today and will continue to influence others greatly. Kobe is still arguably the best player in the world today.

    • Pau Gasol looks like a llama says:

      Jordan also didn’t have Shaq, who basically won the first 3 rings for Kobe.

      • anonymous says:

        That is true. But Mike had Scottie Pippen back then. He didn’t exactly carry the entire team himself. And it’s not something ordinary that a player scores 81 points on every other night.

      • Hector says:

        But he also won 2 without him….how many did Michael win without Scottie?

  44. KOBE says:

    guys… yea kobe has been shooting a lot, which honestly isn’t good for the team. He does this a lot during the season… some games he just tries to take over… not for the sake of taking it over BUT to get his teammates to work harder….i think its all planned by phil jackson… wen kobe takes over the team feels like they are relying too much on kobe so they work harder. if u watched the last three games kobe hits amazzzzzzing shots… he freaking got 15 points in like 2 minutes in that game against the pacers… its just that our defense aloud the point gaurd to score points… this always happens… kobe cant do it alone and the team will get better…. so much better that they will win a championship… its PHILosophy.

    dont judge kobe based on these games…. if ne thing it just shows how kobe scores at will and keeps the team in the game even though the TEAM is loosing. its a team effort… so stop judging kobe.

  45. T RICH says:

    ALL RIGHT WE COULD STOP WITH THE MIAMI HEAT COMPARISON…SO WE LOST 3 STRAIGHT..BUT WE DON’T HAVE WADE, LEBRON,BOSH…TRUST IF BOSH WAS ON THE LAKERS HE WOULD BE HAVING A LOT MORE FUN AND WIN MORE GAMES…GUESS HEAT FANS ARE SO UPSET WITH WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYIN BOUT THEM THAT THEY’RE LOOKIN TO COMPARE TO THE LAKERS…Y TRADE KOBE OR LET PHIL GO?? THEY JUST WON BACB 2 BACK CHAMPIONSHIPS? AS FOR THE HEAT IT DON’T LOOK LIKE THEY’LL MAKE IT PASS THE SECOND ROUND IN THE PLAYOFFS…LAKERS DEF NOT PLAYIN BALL HOW THEY STARTED…KOBE IS DEF TAKING TO MANY SHOTS…BUT WE STILL ONE OF THE TOP TEAMS IN OUR CONFERENCE AND WHEN ITS ALL SAID AND DONE WE WILL BE IN THE FINALS CAUSE LIKE IT WAS SAID WE HAVE ISSUES GUARDING PG’S WHICH HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PROBLEM, BUT PHIL WILL FIX IT WHEN ITS NEEDED TO BE FIXED…WHEN WE PLAY TEAM BALL, TEAMS HAVE A PROBLEM STOPPING US AS WHOLE…WE ARE A LOT BETTER THAN THE HEAT..HOW CAN U THINK WE NOT(9-8)…YOU CAN’T COMPARE A 9-8 TEAM TO AN 13-5 TEAM(CHAPIONS)…PLUS THEY’RE 9-8 IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE…YOU GOTTA PRAISE THE LAKERS WHEN THEY’RE PLAYING AS A TEAM.. CAUSE WHEN THEY DO IT LOOKS GREAT, AND NOBODY CAN BEAT US… WE DEF DO NEED ANOTHER POINT GUARD FOR DEFENSE ONLY…KOBE JUST GOING THROUGH EMOTIONS OF LOSING, SO NOW HE WANTS TO WIN BY HIMSELF…AT THE END OF THE DAY PAU SHOULD BE OUR 1ST OPTION ON OFFENSE..BUT HE HAS TO PLAY MORE AGRESSIVE..BIGGER CENTERS GIVE HIM A PROBLEM,LUCKILY HE CAN SHOOT AND HAS A SOFT TOUCH AROUND THE BASKET…DON’T WORRY BYNUM WILL BE BACK, AND DOESN’T NEED TO BE TRADED BECAUSE WITH THE BUM KNEE AND ALL HE STILL TOP 5 CENTERS IN THE LEAGUE WHEN PLAYIN..

  46. heat hater says:

    Kobe is the Best in the game there gonna win another ring Fisher cant gaurd any one but has that stopped them befor……….NO. big deal they lost 3 games HELLO the season aint even half way over yet kobe gonna step up and carry the team like he always does and Pau’s gonna help and they get a third ring and what are the heat doing NOTHING

  47. JordanBarker says:

    you guys are dumbasses. Without A DOUBT, Kobe bryant is the best closer in the game of basketball game today.
    now coming from a bunch of people who probably can’t even play basketball, you have no right to criticize him. He’s earned the right to take whatever shot he wants. and moving the ball around. look the other night against utah. he scored 14 in a row to bring his team back in the game. then he passed to artest finally for the win…twice. and he couldnt convert. how about we think things through before we talk. kobe is the best player in the game. He’s not far from a step off michael. period

    • MJ > KB says:

      Earned the right to SHOTJACK? Like he has for so many games in his career? Yea, ok sure he has. And watch his team LOSE like they do 75% of the time when he does it LOL. And UHHH yea he is WAY off from MJ. Tell KB to get 4 more MVPs. 4 more Finals MVPs, 8 more scoring titles 3 steals titles, and defensive player of the year, and THEN you can mention him in the same sentence as MJ. Until then he doesn’t eat dinner with MJ, he’s outside on the patio lookin in. END OF STORY.

  48. Josue says:

    Hey Heat haters, how do you like them apples? Lakers fans, lets propose the same things you are proposing to the Miami Heat fans. We should start with getting rid of the queen Kobe crying baby Bryant. Lets fire Phil Jackson and bring Jerry West to coach the team…..Oh and you should also trade Paul Gasol. You see, after all the Lakers are not much better than the Heat. The LAKERS HAVE LOST 3 STRAIGHT GAMES. So it’s time to shut your mouth and start criticizing your own team. Phil Jackson should make comments about his own team and leave our heat team with “its problem.” THE WORLD CHAMPIONS HAVE LOST TO A LOSING RECORD TEAM. GO CRAZY FOLKS!

    • T RICH says:

      PHIL JACKSON IS JUST COMMENTING ON WHAT IS BEING SHOWED BY THE MEDIA…IF U LOOK AT THE HEAT IT DOES LOOK LIKE HIS JOB IS ON THE LINE..LOOK HOW LEBRON AND HIM INTERACT, THEY DON’T…SPOELSTRA NEVER HAD THAT PROBLEM WITH WADE…LEBRON CRYING BOUT PLAYING TO MANY MINUTES, AND THEN STATING IN ANOTHER INTERVIEW THAT IF HE COULD PLAY THE WHOLE GAME HE WOULD…LEBRON IS THE ONLY ONE CRYING WITH A 9-8 RECORD, AND PLUS THE CELTICS OWN HIM…OH YEAH AND THE HEAT LOST TO THE GRIZZLIES(LOSING RECORD TEAM)..I BELIEVE RUDY GAY HIT THE GAME WINNER IN LEBRON FACE…FOLLOWING THAT GAME THE PACERS GAVE THE HEAT THE BUSINESS TOO..THEN YA’LL LOST TO THE BOBCATS…COME ON THE BIG 3 LOSE TO THE BOBCATS…IF WE HAD A LEGIT BIG 3-WE WOULDN’T LOSE TO THE BOBCATS,PACERS, OR GRIZZLIES…LET MELO JOIN THE LAKER SHOW AND WE WOULD RUN THROUGH THE LEAGUE HOW THE HEAT SHOULD BE DOING…PROBLEM WITH THE HEAT IS YA’LL CAN’T SHOOT..BOSH IS YOUR BEST SHOOTER, BUT HE’S SITTING AROUND WAITING TO SEE WHAT LEBRON/WADE GONNA DO..AND WADE WATCHING LEBRON, ITS JUSTA BIG MESS OVER THERE RIGHT NOW.. HOPE THEY GET IT TOGETHER FOR THE SAKE OF BASKETBALL AND ITS FANS THAT WANNA SEE SOMETHING GREAT AND FOR D WADES LEGACY CAUSE RIGHT NOW LEBRON IS RUINING IT FOR HIM…THEY DON’T NEED RILEY, THEY NEED LEBRON TO BE THE PF HE IS,STAY OFF THE PERIMETER AND LET WADE CONTROL THAT, AND THEY NEED TO BE SHOOTING A THOUSAND JUMBERS A DAY

    • KingRaioN says:

      I’m not a Laker fan but..

      Maybe you’re forgetting, but the last time I checked, the Heat are 1-7 against teams with winning records. And the Pacers don’t have a losing record. If you check the standings, Indiana has a better standing than your precious Miami Heat. So if you consider that, the Heat are 1-8 against teams with winning records! How sad. Go hate on the Lakers all you want, but there is no denying that they have a much bigger chance of winning another championship than the Heat. Miami is just like Team USA back then. Sure they had a lot of stars in their roster, but I think you overlooked that one of the most important things in a team game is CHEMISTRY. The Lakers have the chemistry to win another championship. Miami does not. Without a good team chemistry, Miami can’t win another championship. Sorry to disappoint you Heat fans, but your Big Three, Three Kings, whatever you like to call them, can’t win you another championship soon. Not with all the obvious flaws that your roster has. Basketball isn’t a 3 man game.

      • FRANCISCO says:

        IT IS TOO EARLY , lAKERS FANS ARE WORRY ABOUT THE HEAT. IT IS REALLY GOOD THAT THE HEAT IS STRUGGLING EARLY ON THE SEASON, THAT IS REASONABLE AND EXPECTED, THEY ARE PLAYING BAD AND THEY ARE STILL 10-8, IF THEY HAD PLAYED HALF POTENTIAL THEY WOULD BE 14-4.WHEN THEY PLAY FULL
        ENGINE(WITH CHEMISTRY) , THEY WILL BE 17-1.LOOK IT TAKES SOME TIME TO GET CHEMISTRY.TAKE THE SHOTS NOW LAKERS FANS BECAUSE THERE IS PLENTY OF BASKETBALL AHEAD.

      • KingRaioN says:

        @Francisco:

        I am not a Laker fan, I support the Bulls, who are, quite honestly, playing much better basketball than the Heat. I’m sure Derrick Rose will burn the Heat with his speed. And Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson will have fun bullying Chris Bosh in the paint.

        The only reason why the Heat aren’t worse than 10-8 is because of the talent of their big 3 alone. Yes, it’s pretty much their big 3 who does almost everything. It is the same thing with Team USA back then for the FIBA world cup as well as the Olympics before 2008. They had Wade, Bosh, LeBron and ‘Melo on the same team..and guess what? They lost. The only reason why they didn’t have a worse record than they did was because of their talent alone. Don’t you think if Team USA from 6 years ago played with their full potential they would have won the gold too? Basically this is not about potential. The Miami Heat now are basically Team USA 2004 2.0, with much less talent than before.

        You can hate on the Lakers all you want, but the fact is, they’re still a contender for the NBA championship now. The Heat can barely be considered as contenders with the way their playing, as well as the obvious flaws in their line up. Unless the Heat can get a decent Point Guard, teams like the Celtics and the Bulls will burn the Heat if they can’t guard Rajon Rondo or Derrick Rose. If the Heat can’t get a decent center soon, The Lakers, Celtics, Bulls and Magic will burn them in the paint for not having anyone who can bang with said teams big men.

        Sorry to disappoint you, but the Heat are nothing compared to the other elite teams in the NBA as of now.

  49. Albert Anthony says:

    lol u people are hillarious it’s completely obvious that kobe is the best in the league and no question best on his team we’ve lost 3 straight games for 3 years in a row now this isn’t anything new and what have they done over the past 2 years win back 2 back championships and what will we do this year win another 1 and have a 3 peat it’s nothing wrong with the Lakers we aren’t getting blown out or anything and when bynum gets back and is healthy we will be unstoppable and we do need a better PG fisher is only good in clutch situations but we wouldn’t need anyone 2 be clutch is he could guard a point guard westbrook destroyed fisher last year he’s just 2 slow and old but the lakers are fine

    • Law064 says:

      Yo Albert Bynum is cancerous to the Lakers, this dude been batteling this same knee injury since 08. He’s to young to have this problem I think he’s just damaged goods like Greg Oden. This dude been in the NBA for 3 years and have yet to play a full season. I think Bynum needs to go, he will continue to have knee problems. I’m just speaking the truth

      • Fafi says:

        I agree. Bynum is the new “Mr Glass”. He is excellent player, but like T-Man, Greg Oden, and Yao Ming, he is not going to play a full season. Lakers lucked out that he got healthy at end of last season “healthyish”. But coming back earlier in the season makes you want to cross your fingers and hope he plays the rest of the season. He is gone if he is hurt again.

        The lakers are still a solid team. They may not be playing great right now, but they will turn it around later in the season. They won’t have the best record in the west though and that may come back and haunt them.

      • LakersWillWin says:

        Actually Bynum has had 2 different knee injuries. Not the same one.

    • FRANCISCO says:

      it is not obvious that he is the best.if you say he is the playmaker(superstar) and active player with most rings in the league and that is the most important issue to be the best player so he is.but stats do not say he is the best.if kobe had played in a small market with poor supporting cast his career shooting % would be 40%. Nowdays there are plenty of players that i would make a kobeless lakers better.LBJ, WADE, DERON WILLIAMS,CHRIS PAUL. KEVIN DURAN,RONDO
      NASH.LUCKY KOBE TAKES THE CREDIT.

  50. Mike says:

    This is a problem the Lakers have had for the past few seasons. During the season it’s not a big deal. In the playoffs in key games what they’ve done in the past is let Kobe guard the opposing teams PG. That’s what they did last year against Rondo, in stretches against Westbrook and previously against Deron.

    I’m sure that’s what they are going to do again this year.

    • themostknowledgeable says:

      The longer the lakers ignore the pg problem the harder its going to be for them to cover it up. Kobe is their best defender and in my opinion hes an overrated defender. Its been known that for the past couple years Fisher couldnt handle opposing point guards..and Kobe has usually stepped up to the challenge…but if you think he can go through the playoffs guarding/attempting to stop Deron Williams..or Tony Parker…or Westbrook or Chris Paul then you are..as is Phil Jackson..sadly mistaken.
      Interior defense covers alot of the Lakers problems on the perimeter and once Bynum gets back..if hes productive..it will help tons with the pg problem. Kobe also needs to pick his spots better..alot of his problems can be attributed to it still being early in the season..still figuring out the best way to help his team. But then again he doesnt possess the overwhelming athleticism his fans expect to see night in and night out. I think Im off on a Tangent..
      …and yes Jordan>Kobe

      • Tom says:

        and u call ur self themostknowledgeable tell me how kobe is overrated defender when you just said he the best defender on this team? please u call that knowledge.

  51. Andre says:

    The problem with the Heat is not only guarding PGs. It’s also the fact that they can’t defend the post players. Simply put, their defense will struggle againts all the 3 or 4 contenders. They can probably solve this in the next FA. Besides being a fan of Lebron James, I simply don’t think they have any chance to win now. No way to compare to Boston, that steal a TOP PG in the draft, had a great interior defender in Perkings, and a beast in Garnett. Heat’s defense hardly can stop a HS center.

    The Lakers will have trouble against some teams, but if they can have Bynum health (is it possible??) they simply can destroy any other team in the post, in both sides.

    I would love to see a Lakers x Spurs matchup in playoffs, with everyone healthy. Parker raping Fisher all day long, Manu and Kobe scoring at will, and Duncan/Splitter fighting in the post against Lakers two 7-0.

  52. alessandroempire says:

    What phil said is right, they have had trouble defending quicker point guards this past few years, so its not new.

    Yet, I wonder how are they going to fix this. Trade? i dont see it happening. who for who?

    Its going to be interesting to see how they solve this. They need to fix this to be ready for the playoffs.

  53. Law064 says:

    I can agree that he tries to be like Mike but he’ll never reach that level but I have to admit that Kobe is the best in the league. I’m not a Kobe fan or Laker fan but before I hated Kobe then realized that the dud has mad skills and will put daggers in a team in the closing seconds. He blew it a couple nights now but you can never overlook him in the closing minutes of a game. The Lakers lost 3 straight now and in previous blogs LA fans said the Lakers are unstoppable but they didn’t really play good teams. When they play half decent teams the Lakers get exposed. I still pick Kobe as the best in the league now.

  54. FRANCISCO says:

    Lakers problem is an aging and overrated Kobe Bryant, The ‘closer’ could not close the previous game twice.and he is shooting 42.8%. GASOL is the best player in that team if he does not step up they are in trouble. The media keep pushing KOBE like the closest thing to Mike ooohh yeaahh.HE tries to talk like Mike, walk like Mike but he does not have the talent. Look I am not a hater , I look at numbers which are the facts.

    • long memory says:

      Lakers have problems with point guards and size. Lakers win with size! anytime they match up with a team with big 4’s & 5’s (thats why Perkins absence made a big difference in game 7) the Lakers struggle. So now that the lakers lost 3 in a row lets say their season is over? and time to fire Phil? maybe Gasol, odom Kobe & Ron cant play together? oh those rules only apply to Miami huh. Point is …im not a big LA fan but the basketball realist in me knows LA is gonna be a great team come playoff time ( so will anout 8 others! including miami) but im glad to see an article not kissing the Lakers feet. (to put it nicely). (and Sico your right Kobe cant tie Mike’s shoe strings on his best day)

      • David says:

        I feel like the Lakers can play together… I mean I wouldn’t say that Odom, Bryant, and Gasol can’t work together because the Lakers are still the number 1 offensive team in the NBA. Like the article says, the Lakers lack a quick guard that can defend other quick guards. Although they have Brown and Blake, they need a guard that will be able to guard the quickest guards in the league… This would be someone like Rondo, Paul, Nash, Williams and whoever else is considered to be the top guards…. None of the Lakers guards can match up to them, that’s why in the game against Memphis they lost. Conley was just too much to handle… because of his speed and talent.

    • weeee says:

      MJ is better than Kobe w/o a doubt. (others might argue but nevermind) So about LA and Kobe, i think he needs to realize that he isn’t needed to score big to win games, i know he knows this already but why does he take 25-30 shots and just make 8 or 9 field goals, he could have easily moved the ball or passed to open teammates, he has a terrific supporting cast and his passing to is terrific. My advise, stop taking too much shots (jumpshots, turnaround fadeaways, long threes etc) attack the paint make the good pass and your LA team would be so much better, im not saying they are not good now, but they can be better :)

      • alessandroempire says:

        I dont get this….we are discussing about PG issues in LA and you bring the discussion kobe vs MJ.

        i do agree kobe needs to move the ball around. They need to play more as a unit.

        If you see the box score. LA had 3 players in double digits. Instead Memphis had all 5 starters in double digits. LA needs to get everyone involve, and kobe taking 25-30 shots isnt going to help.

      • Nick says:

        Kobe does move the ball around a ton but when Fisher, Blake, Brown, Barnes and Artest brick virtually every shot, he loses trust. They were great for the first 10 games of the season and Kobe was praised for sharing the ball etc.. but now shots arent going down, he has to try and do it all. Fisher was past it 3 seasons ago and needs to be replaced big-time.

    • LakersWillWin says:

      You aren’t a hater but you call Kobe over rated?
      Kobe isn’t heated up yet, like the Celtics last year Lakers are taking things slowly. You have to remember, Kobe’s finger IS a career changing injury. last year I believe BEFORE his finger injury he was shooting 48%. His shooting finger is messed up and that really is going to be an issue for Kobe. Its unfortunate but all of us can see it. His fg% has dipped quite significantly, but you sound like a girl. You forget about every other accomplishment he’s had because you are too busy looking at him now. Wait until the playoffs, Kobe will wake up.
      I mean, the last 10 games he is the highest scoring playetr in the league, but he is taking 25-30 shots for 40 points.
      The whole point of this is about their PG, so talk about Fish not Kobe.

    • seriouly? says:

      dude Gasol has been terrible the past 2 weeks and Kobe is 15 years in to his NBA career with more games played than MJ. that and the surgery has made Kobe lose a step. Gasol is not the best on the team. w/o Kobe, they turn into the memphis grizzlies when Pau was the leader of that team when they were in last place. Kobe makes Pau the best big man in the league. he makes players like Odom and Artest winners. they could of cared less about rings untill teaming up with Kobe. u are a hater, Kobes numbers in the PLAYOFFS the past 3 years were “MJ esque” and he lead them to the finals with not that great of a team. hes second in the league in scoring and his fg% will go up. the Lakers dont have another playmaker. a slashy guard type. Kobe just takes tough shots at the end of shot the shot clock cause he has to. they will turn it around. and Kobe will regain his legs. so chill hater. Kobe is as good as MJ. Kobe has been in the finals half his career. the FINALS! anyways I know what im talkin about. trust me, the Lake Show will get back in full affect.

    • Stephen says:

      What are you saying francisco that Kobe is over rated. you must be crazy with your facts. go home and study the history of the NBA. as you said its the media that is hyping things up and not KOBE.