Angeles Lakers have never been known as a team that takes offensive
charges. They are trying to change that. Last series, Phil Jackson
called his big men "thin-chested" as a way of goading them into standing
strong and taking a hit, and the team has been offering financial
incentive — $50 per charge.
"To motivate us in a way to
take charges and getting away with it," explained Sasha
Assistant coach Frank Hamblen, who monitors the fines and payouts, said
the team has been rewarding players for charges since late last season
and the competition has intensified in the playoffs, although he
admitted that "very few guys are getting charge money."
Soft teams don't take charges. Period. No matter how much incentive you give them.
And this defense is suppose to stop the Celtics? Please…