DASMACKDOWN wrote:I would say its 80% Scheme 20% Lauri. Even Paxson has eluded so.
That doesn't totally absolve Lauri but its a big part to why things have changed. And I stand by that we are in the twilight zone because if we don't change the coach or scheme, we are going to get the same results. For just about anyone not just Lauri.
If you don't like Lauri or don't think he is a good player, then by all means move him. But if you believe he is a good player in a wrong situation, then we will be stupid to move him.
Interesting, I would just about flip that. I hang 70% of Lauri’s performance on him. I’m hard pressed to think of many examples of scheme holding a player back as much as some think Boylen’s holding back Lauri. In a five man game, if you’re playing hard and thinking, opportunities generally find you.
And that’s Lauri’s problem, as far as I can tell: he doesn’t have the baseline of effort and IQ to buouy his performance through nagging injuries, fatigue, shooting slumps, less than optimal role and all the other obstacles every player deals with over an 82 game season. When the stars align for him, you get FebruLauri. But when a couple things go wrong and it’s time to punch the clock anyway, he fades.
I don’t know exactly what kind of physical and mental conditioning he needs, but I find it interesting that he’s able to spend summers in Finland with relatively little scrutiny on his offseason training. Maybe those days are over. Can’t imagine he’ll get the benefit of the doubt after this season.