I have so much to say about tonight’s game, but I’m too pissed off to really write anything coherent. But did want to just vent.
I don’t understand how anyone can be as stupid as Byron Scott was tonight when it comes to managing Kobe’s minutes–especially–and also Lin’s. All season, BS’s management of Lin’s minutes hasn’t been satisfactory. He takes Lin out too early in the 1st and waits too long to put Lin back in in the 2nd quarter. Also, Scott hasn’t been limiting Kobe’s minutes at all, like he had said he would. Turns out that was all BS on BS’s part. Lin should be playing more minutes and Kobe should be playing fewer minutes if BS wants Kobe to last the entire season. I can’t believe how hard BS is playing Kobe so far this season.
He plays Kobe the entire 1st quarter consistently and often the entire 3rd quarter. How come every coach Lin is on is a complete moron when it comes to managing player’s minutes? Why is it so hard for coaches (except Popovich, it seems) to grasp the simple idea that keeping guys fresh is a lot more important than riding your superstars like freaking Secretariat? I know, it’s because these coaches actually don’t coach ALL their players. They just depend on their superstars to give them wins, rather than having to actually think about how to best utilize all of their players. And this is the reason why Pop has been able to dominate so consistently. He’s playing with a bunch of dumbasses. even Pop’s ball movement/player movement is so simple, yet, other coaches seem dumbfounded by it. Pop basically coaches the way I would coach–using both common sense and disrupting conventional thinking in the NBA. Why is it so hard?! It really isn’t. There’s so much conventional thinking in the NBA. I would have a field day coaching. Seriously!
Anyway, getting back to my rant about BS. Apparently, Kobe told BS that he wasn’t feeling well, but that Kobe wanted to push through it. I don’t think even Kobe meant that Kobe wanted to play the ENTIRE 3rd quarter and start the 4th quarter. It was so obvious to EVERYONE, even though it wasn’t reported, that Kobe was ill. At least it was obvious to me. He looked more than just tired, he looked like he was sick to me. His eyes were glazed over and looked like he was about to vomit. When the game came back from commercial break to begin the 4th quarter, I was SHOCKED that BS kept Kobe in the game. In my mind, Kobe shouldn’t have played the ENTIRE 3rd in the first place. It was one of those things where it’s so obvious, I don’t know how anyone can see it any other way. So I was already pissed at BS for keeping Kobe in the entire 3rd quarter. Then we come back from commercial break and Kobe is still on the floor! I couldn’t believe my eyes.
What BS did is totally out of my realm of reality. I just don’t understand how another human being can make the decisions that BS made and I just have no idea how it seems none of the people in his coaching staff or any of the players were like, “What the fuck are you doing, coach? You gotta let Kobe rest!” People have got to speak up in the face of utter stupidity. I know this sounds very dramatic (and I apologize in advance), but it’s this type of silence amid insanity that causes shit like the Holocaust! You can’t just stand around and let insane shit go by without saying a word. And what Scott did in tonight’s game was utterly insane.
On top of all of this, BS pulls Lin out with over 5 minutes left in the 3rd and then waits until around the 9 minute mark in the 4th to put Lin back in. But I can’t even go into all that right now. Too pissed to even talk about that coherently.
But what blew my mind wide open is that when Lin returned, Kobe STAYED ON THE FLOOR!. I figured that BS was going to bring in Lin to let Kobe rest for a few minutes and bring Kobe back in to finish the game. I mean, what the fuck! Had BS planned on playing Kobe for ENTIRE 3rd and 4th? Since the Spurs blew out the game, we won’t get to see if BS was planning on keeping Kobe in the game for the ENTIRE 2nd half, but I think it’s very safe to assume that he would have. And this is just too insane to even conceive of for me.
On a night where Kobe was ill, BS wanted to play Kobe for the entire 2nd half. And for a similar level of insanity, BS severely limited Lin’s minutes tonight, even though Lin should have been the one playing the bulk of the minutes, due to Kobe not feeling ill. I just don’t see how anyone can be this insane and stupid. I’m speechless at it all. BS basically did the EXACT OPPOSITE of what he should have OBVIOUSLY done. Also, Lin was on early tonight, but BS wanted Kobe to be the primary ball handler after the first quarter. Insane! insane! insane!
I can’t go into this much, but the Lakers have this pattern where they play the right way early in the game and really get Lin involved, but then seem to totally forget about Lin and they stop passing after early in the first quarter. This has become a pattern. I guess it’s because when players get tired, they just revert to going iso. But can’t get into all of this right now. Just wanted to rant about how I’m speechless at the utter stupidity displayed by BS tonight.
Why can’t Lin, for once, get a good coach? Probably because there aren’t any. Most coaches suck, except Popovich and a few others. If Lin was on the Spurs, Lin would be a superstar, no question! Lin is made for Popovich’s coaching. Too bad they already have a good point guard. To me, Lin embodies the Spurs spirit!