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Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 at 11:38 am  |  14 responses

Los Angeles Lakers’ Bench Disappointing So Far


The Laker bench was the worst, least productive pine in the entire NBA last season. They aren’t faring much better this time around. Per the L.A. Times: “Antawn Jamison was brought in to score but has scrimped. Jodie Meeks was brought in to shoot but has sat. Little has gone as planned for the Lakers or their top two new reserves, who have struggled to make much of an impact in the season’s early going. Jamison and Meeks were supposed to bolster a bench that ranked last in the NBA last season in points scored. Perhaps the best reflection of their play is that the Lakers now rank No. 29 in the league in bench scoring with 18.8 points per game, ahead of only Portland. Hey, it’s progress, though not exactly the kind the Lakers had envisioned. Their reserves have been outscored, 148-75, by their counterparts. [...] Jamison is a 14-year veteran with career averages of 19.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. As a Laker, he’s been relatively quiet as a reserve, scoring just 4.3 points per game in just 16.8 minutes. ‘I’ve never been the one who tried to rush into anything,” said Jamison. “I just kind of go with the flow of things and eventually things will start to click. You know, I’ve been hearing it, ‘You gotta be aggressive. You gotta be aggressive,’ but I’m just going to stay within the flow of the offense.’ So Coach Mike Brown is urging him to be more aggressive? ‘It’s my kids, my mom,’ corrected Jamison. ‘Nah, the coaches, they know what they want me to do. Coach has tried to get me on the box a little bit more in the past game or two. It’s going to take time.’”

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  • Conor

    I have no idea why it is so difficult for Mike Brown to play Meeks…

    He has Jamison playing small forward, a position for which age has hindered his mobility far too greatly to be effective at this point; he is playing Chris Duhon (understandable, in theory, because of Nash being out, but why not play Darius Morris?).

    Mike Brown is the reason for LA’s bench woes. Last season, he benched Goudelock & McRoberts, two of their most effective bench players, for reasons unknown.

  • Bravo

    I agree…….lots a shame I didn’t think it would be a problem but then again it’s only 3 games so far. But damn Jamison, Meeks and Hill gotta step up and product same with the other no names players

  • spit hot fiyah

    i’ll say it again, stick a fork in jamison

  • Conor

    Hill is one of the best bench players in the League.

  • shockexchange

    The wheels of the bus go round and round … round and round …

  • Coca Scola

    because Darius Morris is garbage. The only things he knows are excessive dribbling, turnovers, and stupid shots

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    I cringe everytime I see Darius Morris in the game — there’s always something bad that happens right away. I’d rather see Duhon or Goudelock play any day. We miss you Farmar!

  • http://twitter.com/BlackTop_GOD GODofdaSOUTH

    Hill the only one that does his job off the bench……..

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Not surprised at all. Didn’t expect much from them.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Even though it’s still early, there is a lot of panic in Laker Land… Mike Brown better get it together before that pink slip comes his way

  • LakeShow

    We have had a real good sample size so far so it’s definitely smart to rush to judgement.

  • LakeShow

    Completely agree. Minus the “one of the best” part. He probably isn’t top 10, but he is very good. High energy. Defense. Rebounding. Needs to develop his jump shot a bit.. but yes he is exactly as I had hoped and he’s still getting back from injury. Jamison will figure it out. Meek’s just hasn’t been given opportunity for some reason.

  • BuenoWayno1

    Two words…..Chris Duhon

  • Lorne

    I never expect newly formed super teams to be great right out the gate. Recent history tells us that the Lakers will get it together, make a nice run, but lose in the Finals. It’s almost their destiny.

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