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Basketball Play - Utilizing the Lakers' talent

Utilizing the Lakers' talent

Mark Travis 11/22/2012

Mike D'Antoni said something very interesting about his up-tempo offensive philosophies. He said that if you have the best team, why not try to give your players the most possessions possible. The theory being that the more times that Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash have to execute their offensive brilliance, the better it will be for his team since the opposition's talent won't be able to match them. If the game slows down, all of the sudden your margin for error shrinks and a handful of mistakes can cost you a game. D'Antoni also said that he expects the Lakers to average around 110-115 points per game, which are numbers that haven't been reached since the Nash/Amare combo in Phoenix was broken up. Those two things tell us that the Lakers will be playing at a very fast pace from now on, and despite the popular belief that their roster is too old to run, a free flowing offense is exactly what a veteran team wants in favor of a methodical offense like Boston runs which requires a lot of physical screening and post-up attempts. And having playmakers like Nash and Kobe together only makes this team more dangerous offensively because of his versatile they are coming off of pick-and-rolls. Nash is perhaps the greatest to ever operate a screen-and-roll and Bryant, because of his propensity to shoot, is a very underrated passer. Throw-in the most skilled big man in the league at power forward in Pau Gasol and the best finisher the league has seen since Shawn Kemp in Dwight Howard and we could have the makings of Showtime 2.0. This play that I have designed would make good use of the cavalcade of skill players that the Lakers have. Because of the up-tempo offense the Lakers will be running, the play starts in semi-transition with Kobe handling the ball at the start. I have inserted Jodie Meeks into the line-up for Metta World Peace to add a true floor spacer. The shots that this set produces are all optimal ones based on these players career hotspots and you can run it several different ways with different players on the floor. It is best with this set up, though, with Kobe initiating the action, Nash bringing a ton of secondary concerns and Howard acting as the league's best roll man and lob catcher. See More

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Basketball Play - Box Flex

Box Flex

Lason Perkins 10/01/2012

#1 dribbles to wing as #4 and #5 set down screens. #2 cuts to the top and #3 pops to corner. #1 hits #2 #3 will make a flex cut off #4 as #4 pops to the wing. #1 sprints to corner after passing. #5 will sprint to the top and set a ball screen for #2. #2 attacks off the screen as #5 rolls and #4 replaces. #2 can reverse to #4 who has High/Low look into #5 See More

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Basketball Play - Cone Drill #09 (Post)

Cone Drill #09 (Post)

Bert DeSalvo 09/18/2012

Coach 1 passes to Player for a jump shot (step to ball) Coach 2 passes to Player for a curl baseline jump shot Coach 2 adjusts passing angle Player gets into lane and pops to the top of the 3pt arch for a shot Player sprints to Coach 1 for pass, spins and finishes at the rim (or spins for a jump shot) See More

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Basketball Play - "X" Set Play

"X" Set Play

Scott Peterman 08/14/2012

Today's Man Set Play from Men's Basketball HoopScoop is a great post-up entry that was used by Kentucky in their run to the National Championship. This set play was one of their favorite set plays to get Anthony Davis or Darius Miller the ball in the paint. See More

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