Nash, Kobe, Dwight Outfox Chicago With 1-2 P&R

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Before the season even started, we discussed how the Lakers could get Kobe Bryant shots and keep him fresh at the same time by working him off the ball more often. Circumstances--Steve Nash's early-season injury, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol's recurring injury problems, Mike Brown's firing, Mike … [Read more...]

The Lakers’ Deadly Horns Set

While the season has been quite disappointing for the Lakers, there have been a couple of bright spots that have made this team fun.  They haven't been like many sub-.500 teams that look absolutely lost on offense. In fact, they have been running some very effective sets and it's helped their … [Read more...]

Lakers Use A Familiar Horns Play To Set Up New One

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Though Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni is seen as something of the Godfather of the spread pick-and-roll, his team has been inserted more horns sets recently to take advantage of the excellent high post passing of Pau Gasol. On Christmas day against the New York Knicks, the Lakers used a familiar horns … [Read more...]

3-Point Play: Knicks, Hornets, Lakers And The Hand-off Pick-and-Roll

Welcome back to The 3-Point Play, a semi-regular recurring feature here at HoopChalk. Every so often, I’ll take a quick look at sets from three different teams that have something in common. Rather than devoting a separate post to each of them, they’ll all be grouped together here. Today, we’ve got … [Read more...]

Kobe Bryant And Carmelo Anthony Are Thriving As Passers

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Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony, widely considered two of the NBA's most notorious gunners, are making things happen on offense with their passing. Obviously, each is still using their fair share of offensive possessions - Bryant currently ranks 7th in the league in usage rate and Anthony is 1st … [Read more...]

Gregg Popovich: Rare And Surprising

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Pretend for a minute that you're Gregg Popovich. Down by one on the road to the Los Angeles Lakers with just under 19 seconds remaining, who do you draw up a play for? Which of the Lakers defenders do you try to attack? Do you go to Tim Duncan - the greatest power forward to ever play the game? … [Read more...]

Inverting Your Offense – Post-up Guards And Wings

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When you think of a traditional basketball alignment, the image that comes into your mind probably looks something like the picture above: point guard with the ball at the top of the key, two wing players at the elbow extended (or in the corner) on either side of the court, and bigs either on … [Read more...]

Lakers’ killer set from the double high post

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Despite the Los Angeles reloading with star power this offseason, people still question how improved the Lakers will be and how easily Kobe will share the ball with his teammates. Steve Nash as a primary ball handler is a great thing, but can he coexist with a shooting guard who is used to having … [Read more...]

Old Dogs, New Tricks: Working Kobe Bryant Off The Ball

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You may have heard, but the Los Angeles Lakers added a couple of pretty talented players to their roster this summer. Last season, the team was overly reliant on Kobe Bryant's ability to create for himself, and the offense often suffered on nights when he didn't have it going, especially early in … [Read more...]

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