Gradysmanldy wrote:I didn't say if I could trade places with Ferry that I would DO it, just said that it makes me concerned. Seems it's a problem with THIS team, regardless of how other teams (Orlando this year) seem to roll with the punches.
And Gasol wasn't enough immediately to put LA over the top; took an offseason to get him clicking on all cylinders. (Or the return of a healthy Bynum. Either way) It also took an otherworldly performance by Paul Pierce to knock us out.
I feel that SJax is/was a sure thing in Mike Brown's defense first system. Length, Athleticism, Defensive Intensity, and ability to hit an open jumper.
And Delonte is the case-in-point for chemistry on this team; when he is on his game, the Cavs usually look like world beaters. When he's not, they struggle.
I'm still horny for a good frontcourt option that can play defense, in the post, and run in transition....*coughjamisoncough* regardless of the consequences.
EDIT: Though, in retrospect, Jamison only does two of those. Fuck me.
Gasol was enough to move LA from Western Conference pretender that was bad enough to cause Kobe to grumble about getting out to the favorite going into the finals.
And I wouldn't classify Delonte's contributions to this team as deriving from some unquantifiable chemistry. I would classify it as deriving from him providing a broad range of skills at an above average level that allows him to fill whatever gap in play is presenting itself. That would be defense, hustle, smart play on offense, ability to take guys off the dribble and score, and (although not so far this year) a dead eye from 3.