I'm not too worried about Gasol's D. It's good enough and he's a very solid shot bocker. The guy's you mentioned aren't going to be shutdown by many guys in the league. Amare is a center(a real candidate for one of the softest guys in the league), Gasol won't be guarding him anyways, that's Bynum's assignment.
Plus Gasol's offense means he'll make this guy's work on the other end. Other power forwards won't get to take a break on defense like they do now.
This is from ESPN's scouting reports
Defensively, Gasol never will be confused with Ben Wallace. He's quick and long but his lack of muscle is a problem in the paint, especially since the Griz lack a bruiser who can help ease the burden.
Gasol is an effective shot-blocker though, and had by far his best season on the boards. It was hard to tell how much effort he was putting into the proceedings given his demands to be traded and Memphis' general laissez-faire attitude on that end, but one would expect him to perform decently there this season now that Darko Milicic can guard the bigger centers.I don't think Jason Kidd is a lock down defender. He's made some all defense teams but the reason he's wanted is he would make Nash work on defense, he would make Parker work on defense, he would make Paul work on defense. You mention all those guy's above(Amare, Dirk, Duncan) how does acquiring Kidd or Artest help that problem. Gasol absolutley fills a need. Without him we would still be fielding an undersized PF in Odom or an even more undersized PF in Turiaf. We get another post threat who can also shoot a mid range jumper and another shotblocker. This is not some luxury, we needed a PF who could score and defend and we finally got one.Originally Posted by DieHardKingsfan
Lamar gets to move to his more natural position at SF. He's a good rebounder at 4 and a great rebounder at 3. There's not much pressure on him offensivly now and his mentality of being a creator isn't a burden anymore, in fact it's quite neccessary since our fully healthy starting 5 really has 4 shooters(Fish is a PG but has never been true one). Having a guy in the starting lineup who is truly pass first will be big. Odom is also a very solid defender, our 1-3 guys can switch on anything now which is something all of Phil Jackson's great teams have in common.Originally Posted by DieHardKingsFan
The Kwame Brown reign of terror is over.
We'll have to see how Gasol does on the defensive end. I've never really thought of Gasol as a defensive cornerstone. One thing's for sure though - the Lakers won't have any trouble scoring points from here on out.
I'm fine with Fisher and Farmar, I disagree that they get "owned" on defense. Farmar is a pretty good defender, I don't think Kidd is significantly better than either guy in that respect.
Plus in our offense our point guard has to be able to hit jump shots. Every triangle PG Phil Jackson has had, is able to make open jump shots. Kidd for all his talents isn't very good at hitting the open jumper.
He's not a cornerstone. But he's not a liabilty either. He can board and he can protect the rim. Most important of all he'll make other PFs work on D.Originally Posted by DieHardKingsFan
meanwhile, the memo from david stern to the officials has already gone through, so expect a Lakers-Celtics finals and a return to the glory days of the 80s.