Coach Pat Riley finally has his Laker team playing in the style that kept him in the NBA as a player. In other words, he has a team full of thugs.
I'm not talking about Kareem, Worthy or Magic, who are all playing great basketball. I'm talking about the other Lakers who have resorted to Riley's style: battleball.
Those who will earn purple hearts if the Lakers win the championship are: Bob McAdoo, a former all-star and scoring champ whose role has now dwindled to beating on the more talented Kevin McHale until he gets six fouls and returns to the bench; Mitch Kupchak, a player who earned my respect by coming back from a severe knee injury and lost my respect by playing bully to the same McHale until fouls put him back on the bench where he belongs; Kurt Rambis, who has no known talent other than being a hit man; and Larry Spriggs, who seems to have talent but is so busy playing enforcer that I'm still not sure if he can play basketball.