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Small Market Series pt. 2 – The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Princeton Offense


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Small Market Series pt. 2 – The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Princeton Offense

Background Info

The Minnesota Timberwolves hired Coach Rick Adelman during the off season to replace Kurt Rambis; the change closed the books on the Triangle Offense for the Timberwolves but opened up another notorious offensive system – the Princeton Offense. Adding to the exciting changes for Timberwolves fans was the addition of international sensation Ricky Rubio and lauded draft pick Derrick Williams.

Combining the new additions with the existing roster of Kevin Love and Michael Beasley may have created the most appropriate match in the league.

To further discover what I mean by that let’s take a look at Adelman’s Princeton Offense.
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Small Market Series pt. 1 – The Atlanta Hawks’ Flex Offense


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Small Market Series pt. 1 – The Atlanta Hawks’ Flex Offense

Background Info

Recently, the redditor HumanAfterAll posted a thank you to those contributing material about small market teams. I noticed that lately I have neglected small markets with posts about the Lakers, Heat, Clippers, and Knicks so I thought I should do my part to give some small market teams some attention. The first installment will take a look at HumanAfterAll’s team, the Atlanta Hawks.

The Hawks run a mixture of isolation plays and flex offense. The Flex Offense was popularized by Jerry Sloan’s Utah Jazz. Like any effective offensive system, the Hawks run their version of the Flex Offense mindful of the strengths and weaknesses of their roster. Let’s take a look at the Hawks’ Flex Offense.
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The New York Knicks’ Seven Seconds or Less Offense


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The New York Knicks’ Seven Seconds or Less Offense

Background Info

Those who are familiar with Mike D’Antoni are also probably familiar with his Seven Seconds or Less Offense. He was very successful with his offense with the Phoenix Suns and many Knicks fans might have been excited to see his system run with two very capable offensive talents – Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. Unfortunately, the Knicks’ record has been rather disappointing so far. While much of the blame can be placed on defense, I want to take a look at their offense to see why this system is performing below expectations.
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The Clippers’ High Screen-the-Screener Series


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The Clippers’ High Screen-the-Screener Series

Last night the Clippers and Mavericks faced off at Staples Center resulting in a last second victory for the Clippers. Much of the focus will no doubt be the amazing shot Billups made to win the game shown here.
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The Lakers’ Strong Corner Offense


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The Lakers’ Strong Corner Offense

Background Info

This season brought a lot of new changes to the Lakers. One of the more interesting changes this season is the replacement of Phil Jackson by Mike Brown. Under Phil Jackson the Lakers ran the Triangle Offense, a system that brought Jackson’s teams multiple championships. This year Mike Brown introduced the Strong Corner Offense to the Lakers. Brown’s Strong Corner Offense utilizes some of the same concepts as the Triangle Offense and adds some new elements that are intended to add more low post scoring opportunities.

Let’s take a look at how the Lakers run the Strong Corner Offense.
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The Miami Heat Pace and Space Motion Offense


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The Miami Heat Pace and Space Motion Offense

Background Info

Last season I discussed the Heat’s double high post offense and this off-season it seems Erik Spoelstra has been busy tinkering with their playbook. The offense has been heavily modified and is now dominated by a “pace and space” motion offense. This offense emphasizes transition baskets, quick plays, and is a read-and-react system.

As I mentioned last season, the old system lacked low post scoring opportunities and suffered from poor rebounding positioning. Another disadvantage was the old system lacked read-and-react opportunities for its players because of the rigidity of the set. This season Spoelstra has addressed these concerns fairly well with a system that takes advantage of his players’ high speed, great conditioning, and high basketball IQ.

Let’s take a look.
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Summer of 2011: Should the National Basketball Player’s Association Shoot or Pass on Union Decertification?


Summer of 2011: Should the National Basketball Player’s Association Shoot or Pass on Union Decertification?

Jorge H. Salazar authored a great article summarizing the history of the CBA, relates labor law and antitrust law issues to the NBPA, and union decertification. Linked below is a PDF version of the article and a link to the SelectedWorks entry.

SelectedWorks entry

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Building the New Lakers Offense – An Exercise in Creating a Playbook


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Introduction

Anyone that has followed the NBA in the last 20 years knows who Phil Jackson is and the significant impact he’s had to the game. Since 1991, he has won 11 Championships with the Bulls and Lakers and reached the NBA Finals 13 times. He also earned a championship twice with the Knicks as a player. Unfortunately, this season was his last as a coach which ended the Phil Jackson era in Lakerland. In its place we are introduced with the Mike Brown era. This has left many to wonder what the future holds for the Lakers’ triangle offense. While I don’t know the answer to that, it gives us an opportunity to speculate by examining the options in front of him.
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The Making of a Champion – NBA Finals Game 6 Deconstructed


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Introduction

Now that the NBA Finals are over, I want to review the last game of the series in order to point out what made the Mavericks so successful. The final score was 105-95 favoring the Mavericks. The full box score can be found here along with the play-by-play and shot chart.

Since past postings have already discussed the offense of both teams I’m going to focus mainly on categorizing some of the plays to give an idea what kind of plays each team was running.
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