In response to painter's comment:
1) I'm sorry; I'm reading this and honestly attempting to determine what you are trying to say. Starting a sentence with "If" has to lead to some sort of conclusion in the same sentence. That's only one grammatical incongruity, and they occur with frightening regularity. Slow down (time is not of the essence here) when writing and give yourself a chance to form your sentences to strengthen your argument, an argument that may in itself be valid; however, if you can't succinctly state your view, the writing fails and the meaning is lost. Using fewer sentences and putting in bulletpointed phrases (it's an option on the ribbon at the bottom) instead might make your posts infinitely more readable.
2) I don't think anyone has said or believes Ray is "lazy", they're just saying that he's slow to react defensively. Whether that's rooted in age, ability, or commitment (unlikely, he a genuine professional) is irrelevant because the bottom line is simply ...
If (Is this the right word?) you try to be smart, you better be smart.
1) a) Obviously I'm not a native speaker. Sorry when you have problems to read my posts b) My time is money, I do not have all the time of the world to post here.
2) For my understanding in the world of sport "lazy" defender is a synonym for not "comitted" defender. And just a few posts above someone mentioned the word "not dedicated" to defense. IMO the word lazy is the right word to sum it up. Conclusion: You suggesting that no one said Ray is lazy at D is wrong.
I might not be great in grammar but I know that correlation is not causality. And if in the meantime many parameters have changed it is even more complicated. From the beginning of last season to now we changed our starting Center, power forward (twice), shooting guard (twice) and point guard (That is 4 of 5 positions). And with change of the PG our total style of play has changed as well. On top: Rebounding totals are not even a good measure, cause it could be that: a) we play a faster style (and more rebounds are available) b) Our shooting % went down.
Sorry to dissapoint the grammar police but still the numbers doesn't support this case. I know that Fierce hates Ray (cause Fierce thinks Ray has left him fo a younger girl), but math is still math.
Ok, that is it. Like mentioned before: We have more important issues than Ray vs. Terry. I just don't like wrong math as much as some people dislike wrong grammar ;-)