I don’t have time to write much, but wanted to, once again, rant. I find that even when Lakers win, I’m still not happy. BS’s management of Lin’s and Kobe’s minutes has been an issue with me all season. And, of course, tonight was no different. Lin is usually the first guy to come out of the first quarter (although in tonight’s game Lin was not the first guy to come out of the first quarter) and the last starter to return in the second quarter. How does that make any sense. And also, shouldn’t BS be limiting Kobe’s minutes. That was all the talk in training camp and in preseason. Instead, BS is riding Kobe like freaking Secretariat. In what universe does BS think this is reasonable?
In training camp, there was all this talk about how Lin will be the one playing the bulk of the minutes. But it’s now become very apparent that BS is going to limit Lin’s minutes for no good reason, except for his irrational favoritism of Ronnie Price.
In tonight’s game, Lin had one of his best games (ended with 15 points and 10 assists) and played only 30 minutes. how does that make any sense? Not only that, BS would sit Lin for long stretches. For example, even though Lin was one of the first starters to sit in the 3rd quarter, BS waited until around the six-minute mark in the 4th quarter to bring Lin back in along with Kobe and Hill. Kobe, of course, played the ENTIRE 3rd quarter, as usual. In fact, if you look carefully, BS had planned on subbing Kobe and Hill BEFORE Lin in the 4th quarter, but there was no dead ball, so by the time the whistle came a lot of time had already been taken off the clock as Kobe and Hill were waiting to check back in. So BS decides to call Lin back in as well. Once again, I was SHOCKED, when I saw Kobe and Hill getting up to check back in while Lin was still sitting in the 4th quarter. BS makes absolutely no sense! I really don’t know how anyone can be so moronic about such simple matters.
Man, these NBA coaches really piss me off. I don’t know how much more I can handle watching this level of irrationality and idiocy. While the lead in the 4th quarter was quickly shrinking, BS kept Lin out the first half of the 4th quarter, even though Lin was the main catalyst for the Lakers doing so well. I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for him to bring Lin back in. And then when I saw Kobe and Hill walk up to check back in, while Lin was sitting (I know I already said this earlier, but I can’t help but repeat this point again) I was going out of my mind at what a complete moron BS is.
BS killed Lin’s rhythm. Lin was really on tonight, but sitting Lin for so long between the 3rd and 4th quarter really killed Lin’s momentum. This mismanagement of Lin’s minutes killed Lin’s rhythm last season with Rockets and a similar thing is happening again with BS and the Lakers. Also, BS pulled that crazy stunt where he takes Lin out in crunch time when he needs a defensive stop. Again, so irrational. It’s not like Ronnie Price wasn’t getting blown by by Schroder regularly.
What really sucks about all of this is that Lin can’t really tell BS to manage his minutes better, even though that would make a difference between the Lakers winning or losing. Lin can talk to the coach about how to better use him in terms of plays to run for him, etc., but as a player you can’t really come up to the coach and tell the coach to play you more without it pissing the coach off. But BS is really killing the Lakers’s chances of winning by the horrible and irrational way in which he’s managing Lin’s and Kobe’s minutes. I swear this is a big reason, among others, why the Lakers are doing so poorly. But, of course, this is the type of thing that none of the coaches are aware of, due to their lack of foresight. So this is not going to change and this is going to kill the Lakers all season long–especially later int he season when Kobe is really going to feel worn down with all the minutes.
I don’t know how it’s not clear to every Lakers coach and player that when Lin does well, the Lakers win games. In this sense, Lin is the MVP of this team. This is because Lin embodies the Spurs spirit. So when Lin is firing on all cylinders, the Lakers are playing team ball.
What was, once again, very disturbing in tonight’s win is that the Lakers reverted to standing around and watching Kobe in crunch time. Lakers got lucky and won a close game that shouldn’t have even been close in the first place if BS had substituted Lin back in way earlier in the 4th. In the future, Kobe hero balling in crunch time is going to continue to kill the Lakers. Unfortunately, this is something that Kobe and BS simply refuse to understand. So even though the Lakers got a win tonight, I’m still not happy with BS and I don’t think I will ever be happy with BS. BS has shown, so far, to be a completely incompetent coach. I’m not sure how much more of his idiocy I can handle. After two seasons with McFale, I don’t have much left in me. This is why my posts have just devolved into a series of rants. I have lost patience with most NBA coaches and, unfortunately for Lin and Lin fans, we have had to and continue to deal with the most idiotic of the idiotic coaches.