Rob Pelinka Rumors
Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka identified Hart, who hit 6 of 15 3-pointers in the win over Cleveland, as one of the reasons why the Lakers did not pursue signing a shooting specialist in free agency. “I think I can knock down shots,” said Hart, who shot 39.6 percent from behind the arc during his rookie season. “And when those guys find me when I am open, I know we have unselfish guys, my job is to knock them down.”
Laker GM rob Pelinka spelled it out last week, confirming reports that the surprising moves for Lance Stephenson and Rajon Rondo were Johnson’s choices, not LeBron’s. “Earvin and I had a conversation and LeBron echoed this sentiment,” said Pelinka. “I think to try to play the Warriors at their own game is a trap. “No one is going to beat them at their own game so that’s why we wanted to add these elements of defense and toughness and depth…” It won’t work. If the Lakers just came up with a counter-revolutionary adjustment that contains the shining emblem of an offensive revolution that was years of changing schemes and rules in the making, it will make all else in their storied history look like a bunt.
Pelinka, whose press conference performances are growing in legend, began by reading a passage from Paulo Coehlo’s “The Alchemist,” which James toted around during this spring’s playoffs. “Ironically before I took the job to be the general manager of the Lakers, Kobe had given me this book and said, ‘Hey, you are going to go on an interesting journey there, why don’t you read it,’” Pelinka said. “Maybe it is the convergence of many things.”
The way the Lakers’ management envisions it, coach Luke Walton has several versatile, multidimensional pieces that can defend, play multiple positions and create opportunities for others. “We did not want to go out and just sign specialists, ‘Oh this guy can just shoot,'” Pelinka said. “We wanted tough two-way players that can defend with a level of toughness and also make shots. Listen, the road to the NBA championship has to go through the team that won last year, and we all know the guys up north have a special group.”
Pelinka cont’d: “But one of the ways to attack what they have is with defensive toughness. I think we saw that in the Houston series with some of the players that Houston has. And we identified with, if you look at KCP was a guy that is a tough defender and shooter, Josh Hart has proven to be a pitbull of a defender and can make shots, Rondo historically has been a tenacious, tough guy, steals. We wanted that mentality and we identified it. Lance Stephenson, he will agitate you, he will get under you, he will cause you to get out of your game and can play in the open court and score.”