Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
Not much I can disagree with (at least the parts I have knowledge of) and I enjoyed reading and learning about the cons and pros of Princeton offense - and how it will work with Lakers and where it may limit them. Thanks for that. This is one of the reasons I really cherish the board, you can actually learn quite a bit about many things.
Brown will be extremely smart to defer to Nash regardless of the offense. If I was Artest, I'd be going crazy talking about Dwight and Nash. When Nash goes to the bench - do you expect Lakers to play with Kobe, Artest, Jamison, Pau, and Dwight? What about Jodie Meeks? When he was signed, I felt he is a bigger addition than Jamison because he will be able to play both guard positions when needed.
When Nash goes to the bench, I expect Steve Blake to take his spot and that's when I foresee the Lakers running a lot more Princeton. Like I said, Princeton's a lot like the Triangle in the respect that it's not as PG-intensive, so I expect Kobe's facilitating and Pau's passing skills to be emphasized when Nash is off of the court. I don't think we'll ever see that lineup of Kobe/Artest/Jamison/Gasol/Howard. The footspeed on the defensive end 1-3 is bad, as is the spacing on the offensive end. Slow on defense, congested on offense.
I think Nash & Howard should be tied together as much as possible, with Meeks & Jamison tagging along for part of that. Nash's bread & butter is the pick & roll, and putting guys in the position to just finish off of that. Howard's great at setting the screen, rolling quickly to the hoop, and either finishing or collapsing the defense in a very serious way. When that happens, there need to be catch & shoot players on the perimeter, which is where Jamison & Meeks come in at the 2 & 4 positions. I could see a lineup of Nash/Meeks/Kobe/Jamison/Howard being incredibly effective when we're looking to be more pick & roll intensive. It also spreads the floor for Howard in a way that Artest & Pau don't.
Obviously Pau needs big minutes too though, and having him on the court with Howard will hardly be a bad thing. But outside of the starting lineup, I think (hope) we're going to have one group that's built around the PnR abilities of Nash/Howard, and another that's built around the read & react abilities of Kobe/Gasol.
PG: Steve Nash
SG: Jodie Meeks
SF: Kobe Bryant/Ron Artest/Devin Ebanks
PF: Antawn Jamison
C: Dwight Howard
PG: Steve Blake
SG: Kobe Bryant
SF: Ron Artest
PF: Jordan Hill
C: Pau Gasol
It obviously won't be that
cut & dry, but the Lakers have a lot of flexibility with this roster, and Princeton makes a lot of sense as long as it's not stepping on Nash's toes.
[ Edited by LA9erFan on Sep 19, 2012 at 11:53 AM ]