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Another report Kobe loves LA’s Princeton offense. So what?

Sep 18, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

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There is a legitimate question about Kobe Bryant and the Princeton offense. But that question is not “will he grasp it?”

Laker.com and Lakers broadcast sideline reporter (plus friend of this blog) Mike Trudell tweeted this out Monday.

Kobe Bryant has already had a few meetings w/Brown & Jordan about the Princeton. Jordan said he’d literally already picked it up in advance.

The mentioned Jordan would be Lakers assistant coach and Princeton offense guru Eddie Jordan.

That all sounds very Kobe — he pushed for the offense because it reminded him of the triangle with a focus on spacing and no set plays (you make an action then the next action depends on the defensive reaction, it’s a read and react offense). You knew he was into the idea. And nobody sane is questioning Kobe’s basketball IQ or work ethic. He’ll get it.

None of that was the real question.

The question is will he run the sets — or let Steve Nash control the flow of the offense — in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter? The Lakers become predictable and defensible when he tries to go isolation in the final minutes of games. He hits some big shots, but he misses plenty too, and the bigger issue is everyone stands around and things become stagnant.

The Lakers have a lot of weapons, they will have mismatches to exploit late in games. The key is to use the Princeton offense — or any set of plays — to go at those and not just devolve into easy to defend sets. That’s the question before the Lakers.

  1. skids003 - Sep 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    As long as he gets his 30 shots a game, he’ll like it. Plus all the worship he can get.

  2. sunsation3413 - Sep 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Kobe has to trust his new team mates or they aren’t going anywhere. Hopefully he’s learned he cant do it himself.

  3. opinevain - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Bean knows the ability of Nash and his basketball IQ. Kobe will defer for the betterment of the team. Last year, no one took control other than Kobe and Phil Jackson was as smart of an NBA coach than anyone in the world. Kobe could not tell Phil anything

  4. lakerluver - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    For @skids003, and all the other ignoramuses who are simply to dumb to recognize greatness, I give you 5 rings (and counting), 1st ballot HOF, and universally acknowledged as one of the top 10 players EVER.

    • zblott - Sep 18, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      Speaking of a new, objective look at the top-10 ever:

      http://www.behindthebasket.com/btb/2012/9/17/top-50-players-all-time-part-3-9-to-1.html

    • skids003 - Sep 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      Take the rings and stick them. He’s still the most arrogant ball hog on the planet, and he sure didn’t get the rings without alot of help. So go worship him if you want to, I don’t.

      • tsi431 - Sep 18, 2012 at 1:58 PM

        Name this person whom got his rings all by himself? It takes at least 5 players to win any game.

        Ball hog? All the greats are. Jordan was anywhere from 22 to 27 attempts a game.
        Kobe averages 1/2 of one shot a game more then Durant during his career. Much less then Jordan and the same as Kareem.

        Kobe was ranked 25th in all of basketball in assists. All of basketball.

  5. paulhargis53 - Sep 18, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    skids, you need to learn you can’t cut down lakerluvers boyfriend like that.

    Seriously, I’ve never seen a 38 year old man behave like a swooning schoolgirl ever before in my life.
    It’s beyond weird.

    You also aren’t allowed to have an opinion that varies from his. He’s the worst kind of fan there is, one that lives vicariously through a sports team.

    Just a pathetic individual all the way around. He’s the guy at the bar you want to slap the shit out of. Loud, obnoxious, thinks he knows everything, when in fact, he’s the biggest Know nothing there.

    All you need to know about him is he gets his “expert”,opinions off of bleacher report.
    That and he has an unhealthy fascination with large sweaty African American men.

    It’s good that he does though, at least he won’t procreate.

    • skids003 - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      Thanks for the warning paul.

  6. Kurt Helin - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    I hate the “Kobe has the Ringzzzz” argument because Luke Walton has rings too.

    Kobe intellectually knows he needs to defer to teammates at times, but he has trouble trusting other guys can do things as well as he can. It’s easy in the Olympics when all the players are elite. It’s been another with the Lakers. He trusted Derek Fisher. He tries to trust Gasol but it’s spotty. Early in his career he trusted Big Shot Bob and Shaw, but he doesn’t have those guys anymore.

    Again, I think the Lakers offense will be fine. But they Lakers have to prove it still. And to say he understands the offense misses the larger point.

    • manchestermiracle - Sep 19, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      Kurt, I disagree with your perception that because Walton has rings it somehow equals Bryant having rings. Bryant (and his team, obviously) would have won those rings without Walton. Walton certainly wouldn’t have the jewelry without Bryant.

      “…(H)e has trouble trusting (that) other guys can do things as well as he can.” Who, exactly, would that be? Early in his career he could certainly trust O’Neill and did. Fisher (early) was another good option to trust. Gasol is trustworthy (in spots) and Bryant has shown that. Now that Bryant has Howard in the middle (there were times Bryant trusted Bynum late in games) and Nash running the offense I think you’ll see a more well-rounded offensive game from him. But to claim Bryant hasn’t trusted his teammates in the past (Robert Horry’s game winners come to mind) is a paper tiger. You’ll just have to wait and see (like the rest of us) how this season plays out before you can claim Bryant has no trust in his teammates.

  7. lakerluver - Sep 18, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    You two clowns deserve each other, skidsrow and paulhargis5feet3inches. Losers.

  8. lakerluver - Sep 18, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    @tsi431
    Thanks for schooling these clowns, dude. To them “their” perception is reality!! Most of them wouldn’t know a bocce ball from a basketball.

  9. paulhargis53 - Sep 18, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    That’s all you have for a comeback, lakerluver? Uff.

    tsi schooled no one. 25 th in all of basketball…..wow!!! Where was LeBron.
    He averaged a whopping 4.6 assists. Hell Pierce averaged 4.5!
    That doesnt mean he isn’t a gunner, especially in the 4th quarter.

    laker liver, I bet you know the difference between one if Kobes balls and one of dwights, don’t you , you savage!!

  10. paulhargis53 - Sep 18, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    lakerluver: Just another pathetic, inane retort from you. You’re as bad at trash talk as you are of knowing the history of the NBA.
    tsi didn’t “school” anyone.
    25th in assists? Big whoop! Pierce was tied for 26th, is that supposed to mean something?
    He still goes into hero mode in the 4tj quarter. A guy like that doesn’t change over night. There is no way that he stops doing that, and Brown isn’t a strong enough personality to stop him.

    I cannot wait for the excuses come June when they are on the outside looking in again because of Kobe….

  11. paulhargis53 - Sep 19, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Manchester: you just reenforced everything Kurt typed……wow, just wow.

  12. teedraper - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    “I hate the “Kobe has the Ringzzzz” argument because Luke Walton has rings too.”

    BC you are a JOKE! You never hate the rings argument when trying to disprove why he isn’t better than so & so.

    Shut up Helin.

    • Kurt Helin - Sep 20, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      I do not use the rings argument.

  13. paulhargis53 - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Good God! Kobe is great, he’s just not the greatest of all time.
    Saying that doesnt make anyone a “hater”
    of Kobe, Kurt included.
    It’s that attitude. that makes the laker fanbase the mist detested. Get over yourself, alright?

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