【凯文·丁】沉浮之后,砥砺归来

发布:STOKES 时间:2018-12-01 17:14 阅读:240 点击收藏

作者:KEVIN DING
译者:XIXI
校对:小A&FangSir

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美梦不会凭空而来,谁未曾幻想过高光时刻?只有心中的念想,彩虹并不会到来。

所有的一切都需要艰苦奋斗、不屈不挠,更需要学会通力合作。

要的就是团队的力量。

在赛季开始前,谈及“队魂”建设的时候,大家都强调了耐心的重要性。在紫金旗帜重现荣光之前,球队磨合会像缝纫课一样乏味无聊。

它总是踌躇向前,进二退一。这样的追求,就像是尽可能给勒布朗·詹姆斯后撤步的空间,让他更容易得分一样。

湖人近来战绩不佳,一胜七负加上两连败,而作为一支经过重组的年轻球队,这是他们应该学会如何应对的。

但是,毫无疑问,湖人在过去一个月里对“队魂”的了解也进步许多。

他们一直想要打快攻,但是却不能将速度保持整场。但是,要使用速度作为常规武器的关键,就是要持续不断。球队的目标当然不是让你跑到精疲力竭,而是更像模仿那些有多个超级球星的球队—轮流、交叉着来:拼速度也靠詹姆斯—他那点燃全场标志性的战斧劈扣。

也就是说,球队已经发展成为也同样需要郎佐·鲍尔的组织,原因不那么戏剧性,但更为微妙(还不仅仅是因为拉简·隆多并不适用于每场比赛)。尽管鲍尔在如今比赛中面临挑战的复杂程度仍然只算得上小儿科—现在的成长将有助于他在今后的比赛中取胜--但球队的进攻结构大部分还是取决于詹姆斯或鲍尔。通常情况下,詹姆斯和鲍尔会在相似位置上做着类似的选择,这也就是为什么鲍尔会经常为詹姆斯打掩护的原因。鲍尔自身的速度和传球能力,也为要完成上述球队速度的保持起着至关重要的作用。

对于上赛季那些见证过布兰登·英格拉姆和凯尔·库兹马是怎么样得分的球迷来说,这也许有点难以接受。无论如何,进攻并不是当前湖人的首要任务。主教练卢克·沃顿在训练营时就坚持要建立一支防守强队,这项任务将会继续进行。防守质量随着贾维尔·麦基和泰森·钱德勒的到来,得到了提升—随之而来的是,在小球阵容下,防守转换也变得更加简单。

当然,詹姆斯是新湖人“队魂”的核心。但我们也清楚地知道你不能要求他完成所有的事情。即使他仍然是最好的球员,但詹姆斯已经迈入了生涯第16个赛季,并且湖人将他的上场时间限制在34.8分钟--联盟第20长--尽管人们都想知道,要是把詹姆斯逼得更紧一点,湖人可以多赢几场。

要想铸就铜墙铁壁的湖人,光靠詹姆斯是远远不够的。这也是赛季前20场比赛,湖人要做的事情:

在詹姆斯的协助下,打造球队,而不是事事皆靠他亲力亲为。

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当哨声给周日比赛画上一个句号,沃顿在板凳席前静默良久,双手叉腰,凝望着眼前的虚无。

在那片虚无中,有本应该到来的主场胜利。湖人输给了魔术一场胜券在握的比赛。

有一些失败带来的痛感会更加强烈,而这场比赛就属于其中。和周二输给丹佛掘金的情形如出一辙:远距离投篮进不了,拼抢篮板又极度消耗球队,一开始优势就没能发挥出来。但是,就如沃顿所说,这还是一场“被自己打败”的比赛。

在与魔术战罢后,对方主教练史蒂夫·克利福德走过来对沃顿的第一句话就是“我们只是抢断了而已”。这就相当于克里福德几乎承认湖人是有能力拿下这场比赛的。

那么,问题又再一次出现了,这场比赛到底是为什么输的呢?因为不该犯的失误?因为犯下失误的更深层原因?深刻原因是由于至今未能搞明白的轮换角色,球员间的默契不足,导致虽然期待球队成长,但却只能苦等吗?

不过,湖人偶尔也能在挣扎和磨合中赢下比赛,但这经常是由于对手和我们一样,是半斤八两。当然在即将到来的赛季最长的连续4场主场比赛中,我们都期望湖人赢得光明正大。退一步讲,不管此刻的胜负,湖人都依靠他们正共同前行的信念上。

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在周日比赛之后,对英格拉姆的问题总结是最为准确的:就是在攻防两端时刻保持串联。

而兰斯·斯蒂芬森的评价最为扎心:“这就是一个学习的过程,很多比赛我们都只差一点点就拿下。我从中得到了教训,在赛季结束的时候,我想我就会学会怎么打得更聪明,张弛有度了。”

在一些回合,连詹姆斯也会忘记攻守转换时,在判断队友要怎么行动时,会有些许迟疑。这样也不一定会出错,但当库兹马是唯一一个理解鲍尔频繁冲击篮下后想要传球,并且成功拉开空间的人时,这就有点问题了。要是这要求每名湖人球员多用那么几秒钟,去阅读队友意图,很多时候问题就会解决了,但是事无绝对。

湖人很容易受到许多关于兼容问题的影响,比如,在为队友掩护时,在许多方法中,依靠阅读队友意图的速度来做出判断,既可能改善,也可能加剧问题。在湖人对阵丹佛的灾难性第三节中,就有两次失误,源自试图将球传给新援钱德勒的尝试上。

失误现在是发生了,但随着时间的推移,这些问题将发生得越来越少。这才是湖人本赛季早期的分水岭,要到达的目标。

请记住詹姆斯在9月份时所说的话:“我们正在从头开始。 我们不应该关注勇士正在做什么。他们是冠军,他们已经在一起几年了。我们要把它抛在脑后,专注于能让我们变好的事情。希望我们终有一天能把自己打造成一支冠军之师。”

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迄今为止的胜利记录证明了历经越来越多的苦难,是对湖人怎么自我进化的历练。当然,在詹姆斯认为必要时,他仍然可以扛起球队。

但是,就个人而言,肯定还有其他选择。库兹马会告诉你,他需要重新找回他的得分魔力,也许迹象就是在最近失利比赛中拿下21分。在教练给予英格拉姆无限开火权的情况下,他对自己的效率是感到不满的。鲍尔开始以一种带有攻击性的方式更加积极地推进比赛,一旦当鲍尔找到适合的点,他就会给每个队友都带去机会。与此同时,隆多由于最近手伤,限制了他提供意见和鼓舞球员的作用。此前,沃顿让隆多来组织第二阵容的大部分进攻安排。

但本赛季支持詹姆斯的更进一步目标,并不是让其他人在一夜之间成长为超级巨星。球队的水准会随着一步步悉心构建而升高。

而且它正在以这种或那种方式来临。

说实话,它已经从2胜5负的战绩中开始了。

“我不会说这是我们的优点,但我们的确好多了,”沃顿说,“执行战术,相互信任,大家互相揣摩磨合。这些是所有新团队都要经历的事情。”

原文:

WIN OR LOSE NOW, SHARPER TEAMWORK IS COMING LATER

KEVIN DING

Somewhere out there might be the moments that become everyone’s memories, but no dream comes true just by imagining it. You don’t get over that rainbow simply via wish.

It takes work. It takes growth. It takes learning how to play together.

It takes mastering how to play together.

It takes a team identity.

And it takes time, which we understood before the season when patience was so often preached, to make progress toward that identity. These are the Lakers’ days of methodology before mastery, akin to tedious sewing classes before weaving together a glorious championship banner.

It always takes two steps forward and one step back, as much as it might be easier to settle for LeBron James’ step-back jumpers to get the job done these days with as often as he has been hitting them.

The Lakers’ recent 7-1 run has been followed by 0-2 missteps, and that’s just how it should go for a retooled, still youthful team.

Make no mistake, though, about how much the Lakers have learned over the past month regarding what should go into that identity.

They want to play super-fast but not fast all the time, and it might make the most sense to use pace as a regular weapon as opposed to a constant. The direction the team is going is not one that wants to run you to death. It’s more like where some teams have multiple superstars to take turns slicing and dicing the defense, the Lakers can take turns leaning on pace and leaning on James—with some obvious crossover appeal on his trademark hammer dunks.

That said, the team has evolved into one that also leans heavily on Lonzo Ball, albeit in more subtle than sensational ways (and not just because Rajon Rondo hasn’t been available for every game). The level of NBA sophistication in Ball’s game remains in its infancy—and his growth there will help him big-time in closing out games—but much of the team’s offensive structure hinges on James or Ball creating something. Often it’s both James and Ball trying something on the same possession, which is why Ball so often is the one setting a screen for James. Ball’s speed and passing are also critical for that aforementioned pace.

Perhaps that’s a surprise to fans who saw how many points Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma scored last season. In any case, the offense has not been the priority for the Lakers anyway. Coach Luke Walton was adamant in training camp about establishing a strong defensive team, and that mandate has carried on. The defense has leapt forward as JaVale McGee emerged and Tyson Chandler arrived—and the switching of defensive assignments thereby became simplified with fewer small-ball lineups.
James, of course, is at the heart of every incarnation of new Lakers identity. But we’ve also seen already the reality that the team can’t ask him to do everything. Even if he’s still the best player in the game, he’s in his 16th season and the Lakers have limited him to 34.8 minutes per game—20th-most in the league—even as it’s fair to wonder how many more games the Lakers could’ve won if James had been asked for just a little more.

If the Lakers are trying to build a template that is strong as steel, however, it must be made from much more than James’ crown. That, more than anything, has been the primary takeaway from the season’s first 20 games:

The Lakers are building something with James’ help, not building something that he must carry on his shoulders.

Walton took an extra moment in front of the bench when it was over Sunday night, well after the final horn, his hands on his hips and staring out toward nothingness in front of him.

The arena was absent the expected streamers that come down upon home victory. The Lakers had lost a winnable game against the Orlando Magic.

Some losses sting more than others, and this was one of them. It’s one thing to lose a game such as the one the Lakers lost in Denver on Tuesday—their weaknesses in long-range shooting and rebounding costing them dearly, their strengths not showing up nearly enough to offset—but it’s another to lose a game because of “killing ourselves,” as Walton put it.

Orlando coach Steve Clifford approached Walton after that game, and the first words Clifford offered were: “We got all the breaks.” It was almost as if Clifford was also acknowledging the Lakers’ full capability of winning that one.

Then again, was that loss a product of the annoying mistakes … or were the annoying mistakes the product of much deeper stuff? Specifically, deeper stuff such as the unfamiliarity between the Lakers’ players, the as-of-yet unclear roles in the team’s rotation, all the stuff we’re talking about when we look for a team to grow but are forced to wait for it come together?

Sometimes the Lakers have been able to win games despite struggles or slippage of that sort, often because the opposing team was having its own struggles or slippage. Certainly there is hope for cleaner play coming up with a four-game homestand, matching the longest of the season. But win or lose at this point, the Lakers are banking on the belief that they will keep getting better.

Ingram’s summation of the problem with the Lakers’ game Sunday was the most accurate one: “Just staying connected ... staying connected at all times on the offensive and defensive end.”

Lance Stephenson’s perspective, however, was the sharpest one: “It’s a learning experience,”

Stephenson said. “A lot of these games are close. I feel like we learn from this, and by the end of the season, we’ll be used to stuff like this and making smart plays and getting stops.”

Even the plays that James somewhat forgives as “attack turnovers” are tied to some unfamiliarity with each other in how teammates can predict each other. It’s not necessarily a mistake, but when Kuzma is the only teammate who reflexively cuts to space with the understanding that Ball frequently drives hard to the rim with the intent to pass, it’s still a problem. If it takes the Lakers a few extra seconds for everyone to understand a play call, maybe most times it doesn’t matter but sometimes it does.

The Lakers are vulnerable to so many compatibility issues—down to the fine details of how guys set screens for one another, which can be better or worse in a myriad of ways depending on how well teammates can read each other. Against Denver in the Lakers’ disastrous third quarter, two more turnovers came from uncertainty in trying simply to pass the ball to the newest Laker player, Chandler.

Mistakes happen, but these sorts of problems will happen less to the Lakers as time goes on. This is simply the terrain this Lakers team is traveling at this early juncture of the season.

Bear in mind what James said back in September: “We’re picking up from scratch. We can’t worry about what Golden State is doing. They’re the champions. They’ve been together for a few years now.

We put that to the side. We can only focus on what we can do to get better as the Lakers franchise and hopefully someday we can put ourselves in position where we can compete for a championship.”

Having a winning record so far despite the growing pains is a testament to what the Lakers have figured out about themselves. It certainly helps that James can still shoulder a massive load when he deems necessary.

Individually, though, there’s certainly room for more, too. Kuzma will tell you that he needs to get his scoring mojo back, and perhaps his 21-point outings in the recent losses was a sign of that. Ingram is dissatisfied with his efficiency given all the freedom the coaches are granting him to shoot. Ball has begun to push the envelope in a much-needed way with more aggressiveness, yet opportunities will truly open up everywhere for everyone once Ball consistently stamps that envelope. Meanwhile, Rondo’s broken hand has obviously limited his recent contributions to high-level coaching and cheerleading after Walton leaned on Rondo to choreograph most of the second unit’s offense.

But the greater goal in supporting James this season isn’t making someone else an absolute superstar overnight. The ceiling will be raised higher with a crew doing the construction work together.

And it is coming, one way or another.

It already has since the 2-5 start, to be honest.

“I wouldn’t call it a strength of ours yet, but we’ve gotten a lot better,” Walton said. “Executing, trusting each other, guys learning how to play with each other. All the things new teams go through.”

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