In a weird fractal way, Doc is in charge of channeling those “gestures” on a nightly basis, while also being one of those gestures himself. His messages are simple and consistent. Preseason, he talked about his plans to maximize Blake Griffin’s playmaking skills then installed an offense that did just that. Questions about DeAndre Jordan’s free throw shooting are answered with comparisons to Bill Russell. At a recent postgame presser, Doc was asked if he knew that Jared Dudley, who had made the go-ahead shot on a set-play late in the game, had been 0-for-6 to that point. Doc said that he never looked at the box score during the game. “We draw up plays because we know they work,” he said.
Meanwhile, since the passing of legendary owner Dr. Jerry Buss there has been a definite sense of drift, a feeling of not-quite-rightness that comes through in the voices of the anxious Laker Line callers. A feeling that this time maybe there’s no guarantee things will come out right. Purple and gold has always been superstar catnip, only Dwight Howard chose deep red and a low state income tax.