RE: Porzingas and rust. I really think that all the talk on podcasts and national media that I've heard about KP suffering from rust for a good part of the first part of the season as he has to "find a rhythm" and all that, but...

I don't think that's going to be as big a problem as people are making it out to be.

Why? They are ALWAYS comparing that rust thing to a player that has been rushing to get back on the court as fast as they can. That's not KP.

He's been completely healthy and medically cleared to play for months and has been practicing against NBA players for a long time.

There is always going to be the "game shape" but I'm going to bet that his adjustment will probably be more like a normal NBA player returning from the summer. I don't think we notice much at all.

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TheIGT
TheIGT

I'm right there with you. His return from injury is fully unprecedented, the rules should not apply. Now, maybe we are wrong and they are right, I just don't think it will be to the extent that is being reported.

MikeFisher
MikeFisher

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It sort of started with Cuban mentioning 'load management.' I look forward to the possibility that KP is simply a great, young, healthy player. The rest will take care of itself.

jdb152
jdb152

I've been saying, for quite some time, the same thing. There is going to be very little "rust" to his game. He executed a full rehabilitation, followed by an additional, 8 months of work on his body as a whole. He's been in live scrimmages since last spring. He'll have a full, training camp under his belt. The only things that will slow him down at the start are adrenaline and familiarity with his new team playing full speed.

StepBackJay
StepBackJay

I think the KP + Luka combo is going to be one of the early big storylines of the entire NBA bc I expect them to look amazing and likely win some games.

TXBamanut
TXBamanut

I'll tell you this...early on, don't expect any love from ESPN and NBA TV. I've watched their predictions and storylines forecasts on NBATV and 85% of the show is Lakers, 10% is Houston/Clipps/Golden State, 3% Is Boston and 2% is how the Hawks will be surprise in the East.

ZERO mention of the Mavs and one mention of Luka. Dennis Scott and Sam MItchell both said that Trae Young would have a better sophomore year than Luka.

It's amazing to me...seriously, and it makes me dislike LA even more than I ever thought I could.