Oftentimes in conducting experiments, there is a tendency to get burned.
Do you remember the song “Chemistry” by Semisonic or was that before your time? In the National Basketball Association (NBA), it’s all about the lack of chemistry when the Los Angeles Lakers went down 1-3 win-loss record even with Lebron James dunking to the delight of fans, only winning against the Phoenix Suns today.
Here are some NBA teams who would like very much to attain that team chemistry sooner than later. Note that this list is limited to teams that have a serious chance of making the playoffs.
Patience is being preached in this team, with Lebron James saying that team chemistry is not at all like instant oatmeal. The question is how long the fans must wait, and how many wins they get with that line-up. Aside from Lebron, the other new veteran recruits are Javale McGee, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. You bet it would take time for all five to jell with LA’s young talents.
Last season, they were one win away from the Finals. Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson, and Luc Mbah a Moute are gone. Now comes Carmelo Anthony in a reserve role. Coach Mike D’Antoni has referred to Melo as a Hall of Famer. Except that to be a Hall of Famer, a player has to retire first. Our focus is on the here and now. Can he fit in Houston? There are instances when he runs up and down the court without receiving a pass.
Last season, when Coach Tom Thibodeau assembled a team that included some of his former players (Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson), it looked like he had something going – until the whole thing fell apart. Despite reaching the 1st round of the playoffs last season, there was just no chemistry between the players, resulting in Butler demanding a trade.
Yes, Kawhi Leonard is displaying MVP form. He bailed the team out when the ball movement was stifled by the opposing team’s defense. As good as Toronto is now, imagine them playing according to the game plan.
New Orleans Pelicans
Last season, Anthony Davis and Nicola Mirotic led the team to the 2nd round of the playoffs. They did it with Rajon Rondo (now with LA), though. Now they have a new point guard in Elfrid Payton, plus greatly improved forward Julius Randle. They seem to be better now, but how much better? Only time – and team chemistry – will tell.
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