In the blogging community it is quite important to keep in touch with your colleagues, especially the guys that cover the same team/sport as you.
Since I started LABallTalk almost two years ago, Kurt of Forum Blue and Gold has been considered the Godfather of Lakers blogs. He started his site way back when blogs were as cool as sharing every moment of your life with a bunch of people that don’t care via Twitter. Kurt has always provided insightful information on the happenings of the team and has shared great analysis of the team, players, and coaches.
Today, on FB&G, Kurt wrote an article about the current state of the Point Guard, the weakest position for the Lakers. I’d like to take a moment and respond to answer some of Kurts questions with slightly different opinions and thoughts on the topic.
Question #1) Can Farmar or Brown step up and be The Man?
For the most part I agree with Kurt’s thoughts on this. Jordan’s knee injury last season set him back and Shannon Brown came out of nowhere to play a vital role in the Lakers championshp run. The injury that Jordan sustained in Miami was suppose to set him back eight weeks, instead, he returned in four weeks and played all out immediately. Could this have hurt his production? Possibly, but unlikely.
Phil Jackson has mentioned before that Jordan’s shot is unconventional. But he also made it clear that it works for him and he’s not about to change it. With a full summer to work on his stroke and get his rhythm back, look for Jordan to come back with a consistent stroke from deep. I also thinkg that Bynum being healthy once again will help Jordan develop his passing skills as he’s favored working out with the young center in the past.
In regards to Brown, he has a lot of potential and his contract is great. It’s an easily traded asset if things don’t work out. Without having that negative twist on it, Brown’s upside is tremendous. He’s big, quick, and has a great shot as well. His defense is superb and the Lakers have made it clear that their defense is what will lead them to success.
Question #2) What about Derek Fisher?
Fisher performed better than both Brown and Farmar this year. He also played a lot of minutes and aged an entire year. His leadership qualities cannot be denied and are very special. It’s like having another coach out on the court.
When the season is over and Fisher’s contract is up, he and the team will have to make the decision on whether he continutes to play. I’d say there is no chance he plays for any other team and therefore the Lakers really have control over this one. Is it worth it for them to sign him to a two year contract? I don’t think so, but here are two options I do see as more realistic.
1) Give Fish a one year contract at the veteran’s minimum. I don’t think he is goign to be worth much more money and if he wants to play, he’s going to have to take what the Lakers give. His minutes will be very limited and if he contributes it will be somewhere in the middle of the game. I don’t see him playing out the fourth quarter in many games.
2) Brian Shaw come to mind at all? Will Phil Jackson be around past this season? Will Kurt Rambis even be there this season? Will Frank Hamblen continue coaching? If Fisher isn’t the right guy to play anymore, don’t you think he would be the perfect guy to coach. He could sit on the bench right next to Brian Shaw, the point guard that essentially mentored Fisher, and make the coaching staff that much stronger. Not to mention the fact that Fisher knows and can teach the offense better than just about anyone else.
Question #3) Who is coaching the Lakers in 2010-2011?
I have to agree with Kurt 100% on this one. The coach wil determine the point guard and who the coach will be nobody knows. There isn’t really much to discuss on this topic as Phil Jackson dictates all. With Jeannie Buss playing the role of VP with the Lakers, Jackson has his spot on the bench reserved for as many years as he’d like to keep it. With that said, having Farmar and Brown develop in triangle offense over the next year will be valuable regardless. They are both creative point guards and will easily transition to any other free flowing offense. My opinion is that if you can run the triangle, you can run any offense.
I like the topic because it’s clearly one of the most controversial going forward with the Lakers. They have a lot of decisions to make in the next year regarding the position and the coaching situation will determine it all. I have a feeling that Jordan and Brown are quite secure in Purple and Gold as long as the Hornets don’t decide they’d give up Chris Paul for them.