We can talk about offensive sets, defensive communication, etc. all we want, cause there are plenty of mistakes there. But the BIGGEST MISTAKE that BS is making and one that is SO SIMPLE TO FIX is his mismanagement of Lin’s and Kobe’s minutes. IF BS would just correct this one big error, that will make a huge difference to the Lakers and allow the Lakers to win a ton more games. It’s really that simple. Sure, there are a lot of other problems, but fixing this one major error will go a long way toward helping the Lakers win games. BS’s mismanagement of Lin’s and Kobe’s minutes has been detrimental to the Lakers from the get go and will continue to plague the Lakers until it changes.
This is what really gets me about how completely incompetent a lot of NBA coaches are. They miss the most obvious and the most easily fixable things. What kills me about BS is that I KNOW that his mismanagement of Lin’s and Kobe’s minutes is not even anywhere within the realm of his awareness. This is how dense BS is! This is what is so scary about BS to me and it’s one of the many things that makes him a completely incompetent coach. Sure, part of it is because BS is Kobe’s door mat, but I also KNOW BS doesn’t see a problem with Kobe playing as many minutes as Kobe is playing and BS DEFINITELY DOES NOT have a problem with Price taking away minutes from Lin, which is the MOST INSANE thing of all!
It would seem obvious that I want Lin to play way more minutes, simply because I’m a Lin fan. But that’s really not it, at all. I want Lin to play way more minutes because I’m a fan of rationality and winning. Right now, Lin doesn’t have capable back ups. Ronnie Price really doesn’t deserve more than 10 minutes (actually, he doesn’t deserve any minutes, but given Lakers’s circumstances 10 minutes is fine with me) and should absolutely not be averaging more than like 12 minutes a game under ANY circumstances on ANY team. I actually just looked up Price’s minutes stats after typing this and guess what his career average minutes are? 12.0 minutes! Wow! I amaze myself, sometimes. Anyway, you know how many minutes he averaged last season with the Orlando Magics? 12.2 minutes. Yet, BS somehow sees no problem with Price averaging 21 minutes a game. This is BEYOND INSANE. That alone should be enough cause to fire a coach and probably should be reason to have him checked into a mental institution.
Price averaging 21 minutes a game is a MAJOR REASON why Lakers are losing a lot of games. It’s really as simple as that. Because Price is taking away precious minutes from Jeremy Lin. Lin is averaging only 30.6 minutes a game. The only starter who plays fewer minutes than Jeremy Lin is Carlos Boozer. From a purely rational standpoint, Lin should be the starter playing the most minutes, because he’s the one without capable back ups. Yet, Kobe Bryant plays the most minutes (35.7, ranks 13th in the NBA), which is a HUGE MISTAKE at this stage of Kobe’s career after his major injuries. This has already hurt the Lakes and will continue to hurt the Lakers and will really haunt Kobe and the Lakers later in the season. On top of this, Kobe actually does have capable back ups in Wayne Ellington and even Nick Young can play Kobe’s position.
BS’s lack of foresight about how Kobe is being run to the ground is infuriating! Lakers and Kobe should be thankful that Kobe is in such good shape and not take advantage of this like they have been. Right now, the Lakers are really pushing their luck on Kobe’s health. Kobe playing ENTIRE 1st quarters and ENTIRE 3rd quarters regularly is a HUGE mistake and that alone should be reason for firing the coach, because the Lakers need a coach who has the balls to at least manage Kobe’s minutes if they want to win games.
Kobe playing ENTIRE 1st quarters and ENTIRE 3rd quarters from the start of the season will not only hurt the Lakers for sure later in the season, it has already hurt the Lakers in pretty much every game so far, because it causes Kobe to not have the lift that Kobe needs in the 4th quarter. This is a major reason why Kobe (one of the most clutch players of all time) has struggled so much in 4th quarters this season. And last night’s game vs. Nuggets was, of course, no different. Lakers lost a winnable game due to Kobe isos in the 4th and Kobe not having lift in the 4th due to playing ENTIRE 1st and ENTIRE 3rd quarters. This is not hard, folks! Yet, BS blames the loss on missed free throws. How dumb can he BS get?! I’m speechless at BS’s level of incompetence and stupidity.
The fact that BS is completely oblivious to this shows just how incompetent he is. In post game interviews, BS keeps saying that Kobe has hit those shots his whole career, oblivious to the fact that Kobe is an old man who has come out of major injuries after playing ENTIRE 1st quarters and ENTIRE 3rd quarters. BS’s lack of foresight and perceptions infuriates me! There’s no way else to say it. BS is a dumb coach, who also lacks any courage to manage Kobe Bryant.