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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 - Rosenthal: 2 Up

Rosenthal: 2 Up

Brandon Rosenthal 02/13/2012

Today's 'Post Up' from is a Horns set that gives you two great options to get the ball to the rim for a score. Send this to your FastDraw Playbook by clicking the 'Send to FastDraw' button below. You can also follow Coach Rosenthal on Twitter: @CoachRosenthal See More

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Basketball Play - Play of the Day 01-19-2012: Double High

Play of the Day 01-19-2012: Double High

FastModel Sports 01/19/2012

2 gets screen from 4 to inbound. 3 squeezes through pinch screen from 4 and 5 and ball is swung to top. 1 comes inbounds to the opposite wing for reversal pass. if 1 doesn't have a shot, set up the High-Low with 5 diving to low block and 4 shaping up to the top of the key. If defense plays behind 5, 1 feeds the post directly. If defense fronts 5, look to seal for the high-low. See More

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Basketball Play - Play of the Day 01-14-2012: 1-4 Low Shooter

Play of the Day 01-14-2012: 1-4 Low Shooter

FastModel Sports 01/14/2012

3 comes off of a double screen on the backside as a decoy. 1 dribble penetrates trying to get to rim. If defense leaves the shooter 1 kicks for a 3. If defender stays home on shooter and 1 can't get to rim, 1 looks for 5 on the opposite block or 4 in the high post. 4 can hit 5 on the high-low. If none of these options are open, 4 and 5 pin in 3's defender for a skip pass. See More

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