Thursday, August 11, 2011

Goodbye Triangle, hello Hall of Fame

  In the summer of 1990, the Chicago Bulls had been dismissed from the playoffs by Detroit’s Bad Boy Pistons for the third consecutive time.  Things looked particularly bleak for the Bulls in the point guard match up that pitted the slow footed, sound shooting John Paxson against the lighting quick, smiling blur of Isiah Thomas.  Phil Jackson, second year head coach of the Bulls, had a solution in mind.  He wanted to lighten Paxson’s load by implementing a system offense that didn’t require a dominant ball handler.  Fortunately for the Bulls, they happened to have an architect for just this kind of offense on hand.

    In the fall of 1990, Tex Winter was keeping a watchful eye over drills during the Bulls training camp.  Eventually his eyes landed on one Michael Jeffrey Jordan holding a basketball.  The “SPEC-TA-CU-LAR” Jordan could get to any spot on the floor, get a shot off from inconceivable angles, could leap out of Chicago Stadium in a single bound, and that season would go on to win his second MVP and first NBA championship.  But as Winter watched the ball leave Jordan’s hands, Tex’s eyes became filled with disappointment.  For all of his worldly talents, Michael Jordan could not pass the ball.  Not in the sense that Jordan lacked court vision.  Not even in the sense that Jordan was an over dribbling, over penetrating ball hog.  No, Tex Winter’s disappointment stemmed from the fact that Michael Jordan could not throw a technically sound chest pass.  Last season, the Bulls had used some parts of Winter’s offense.  This season would mark the first time an NBA team would embrace the entire scope of the Triangle Offense.  However, Winter had to do one thing before he could implement the storied offense - teach Michael Jordan how to throw a proper chest pass.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Now or never

In today's post we will take a look at game two of the 2011 Western Conference Semi Finals

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Ignorance is bliss...

In today's post, we'll take a look at game one of the 2011 Western Conference Semifinals between the Mavericks and the Lakers.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Free Gift Subscription to mySynergySports Giveaway (Update: Is over!)

Update: Congratulations to Joshua Priemski, winner of the free mySynergySports subscription!  Thank you to everyone who sent in suggestions.

I usually try to keep this blog focused on the triangle (unless there is an AmMo Moment) but today I have a unique opportunity for an exciting giveaway.  Well, exciting if you are a basketball geek.

If you follow me on twitter, you may have come across some of the live game notes that I take:

3rd qtr notes: on Twitpic

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Miscues and Adjustments

In today's post we will look at some of the tactics the New Orleans Hornets used to beat the Lakers in game one and the adjustments that need to be made for the Lakers to move on to the second round.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Forming the Triangle

In today's post, we will go over some of the ways to form the distinctive sideline triangle that gives the Triangle Offense its name.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Audibles and Freelancing

In today's post, we will see how the offense deals with players making changes on the fly.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Two pass to the top techniques

In today's post we will discuss some of the fundamental techniques taught to players to execute the two pass to the top and look at more options of this two pass.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Solo Variations

In today's post we will take a look at some of the different setups the Lakers use for the Solo series.

Monday, March 7, 2011

When the offense breaks down

In today's post we will see how the offense executes even after plays have broken down.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Passing Principles

In today's post we will take a look at the passing principles of the triangle offense.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Center Opposite Counters

In today's post we will see what the Lakers have come up with to counter teams that are ready to stop the center opposite.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Crunch Time Adjustments

In today's post we will see how the Lakers make simple adjustments that allow them to execute in crunch time.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Single Doubles and more!

The single double is a classic set that all teams run.  Today we will see how the triangle sets up the single double and discuss the numerous options of the number two pass to the top.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Triangle Adjustments

Today we will look at how slight adjustments to the offense can be made to counter the strategies of the defense.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Blind Pig

Today we will take a look at a triangle staple, the Blind Pig, and also see how the pick and roll can be integrated into the offense.