Lakers’ Looking for Unified Team Defense
“The motto we’re trying to send to the players is that our team defense has to be great,” said (Lakers) assistant coach Kurt Rambis, the team’s de facto defensive coordinator. “That means we have to put a lot of pressure on strong-side action, and our weak side has to do a great job of being supportive in helping guys.
“Everybody’s got to be connected. Everybody’s got responsibilities and duties and they have to adhere to those.”
“You can argue that with Dwight (Howard) you funnel into the paint and you know you have that big guy back there,” Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said. “There’s nobody like him in the NBA, but Pau (Gasol) is big and long, Chris (Kaman) is big and long, Jordan Hill — who did not play much last year — is very active defensively rebounding and blocking shots. So obviously we can’t depend on one player to make up for the mistakes. It’s going to have to be more of a team effort.”