Do You Still Have Old “Hang Ups?”: What Raja Bell means to Los Angeles Lakers

July 14th, 2010 by derrick brown Leave a reply »
The two-time defending world champs have been active this off-season, gearing up for a third consecutive NBA Title.

Most agree that Steve Blake was a good addition; however there are a few more areas in need of attention.

As the dominoes continue to fall around the league, we’ll need to continue tweaking and minimizing our flaws to counter the movement. Outside shooting and perimeter defense are the two gaping holes opponents have exposed for years.

Our inability to hit three’s last year limited the triangle, thus the Lakers are looking for a consistent threat—Raja Bell—to keep defenses honest.

Last season former defensive player of the year Ron Artest was inserted to match up against the bigger guards and small forwards (LeBron, 'Melo, Pierce, and Durant). His main focus coming in was to cause as much havoc on defense as possible.

Conversely, fans had also seen Ron as a central scoring option in Houston and Sacramento; accordingly the bar offensively was set high as well. In the post season, he was dared to shoot from the perimeter; and single handedly raised the blood pressure of thousands in the ...

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