luni, 17 octombrie 2016

Phil Jackson's game plan for the 1991 NBA Finals Bulls vs. Lakers

Phil Jackson:
We have had a great playoff run to get to the finals. Now we must regain the momentum that we have been able to generate in the first three rounds and apply in this last round against the Lakers. It si important that each player remembers what got us here i.e. teamwork, wolfpacking, vision, excellent execution of our game mind. Don't be duped by the press they like to divide and conquer - there is a German word used in phil/psch ideas-it gestalt; meaning "the whole is different / other then the sum of its parts" Bulls!

Defensively we must get this team out of their offensive half court sets. They try to get opponents lulled to sleep, threatened at the post, and then rotate the ball and get good shot opportunities. We must use our ability to pressure the ball upcourt, get it out of Magic's hands and deny, and make other people make decisions. For us to do this we must use quick pressure to Johnson, immediat retreat defensive transition to Scott and Worthy, and backcourt doubles from our late bounder. If we are caught in the mid-court without pressure and cross-matched we must find a way to run-jump or before halfcourt. If caught in thier sets we will rotate to some players sometimes, i.e. Johnson and Worthy, and demand good post-up D. on other players Perkins and Dvacs.

Offensively, the Lakers rush back to vitually a 1-2-2 zone and cover out.They are relaively equal in height so they can switch on crosses. We expect they will double on screen rolls and rotate and they belive in doubling on yhe post and rotating. They have an umbrella defensive idea-stay tall and pack it in-prevent penetration. It reminds us of Cleveland.
You can score early if we rush the ball and find our shooters before they cover out and when they come out we can post quickly. We believe your triangle offense will confuse them, but you must run good cuts and screen well, and read their defense.

sâmbătă, 8 octombrie 2016

Did you know

Did you know that Adidas had a chance to land rookie LeBron James with a 10-year, $100 million contract. Instead, they lowered their offer to $70 million at the last minute, allowing Nike to swoop in with a $90 million deal to land the future superstar?
Did you know that Gordon Hayward suffered a dislocated and broken finger on his left hand. He's expected to miss six weeks, according to sources? Bad news.
Did you know that Rudy Gobert hit 25 free throws in a row in practice and then he made sure everybody knew it with a prolonged ringing of the celebratory bell?

Did you know that Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson expected to sit next two exhibitions with sore left foot? Precautionary measure.

Who is bigger in terms of legacy, fame and cultural and social significance, Kobe or Lebron ?

My answer is:
Cultural and social-impact wise, it's Kobe after MJ. Kobe's personality had a myth surrounding him due to him being so elusive, distant and charming at the same time. Plus, he spoke many languages, was v articulate, played for the most popular NBA franchise. Kobe's cultural impact is insane despite his peak and presence not coinciding enough with social media. There is just something star-like, old Hollywood-ish about Kobe.
Kobe can do interviews in English, Spanish, Italian, Serbian and Mandarin. So ya, I'll go with Kobe on this one. Mamba is loved all around the world and is one of the faces of the best franchise in NBA history.

marți, 6 septembrie 2016

NBA news

NBA news
1. Yao Ming vs Dallas Mavericks: 2005 Playoffs Full Highlights - 33 points, 8 rebs and 2 blocks.
2. Steph Curry finally rewatched game 7 of the Finals: "I was a little mad at myself and getting back into the grind of working out for next season. I think it was a good motivator to get back into the gym and keep working."
3. Shaq does a Q&A with The Vertical's Shams Charania:“I had a great career, but I didn’t get a chance to showcase what I can really do. That’s because the double- and triple-teams were coming so quick. I had the ability to step out, go around defenders, dribble by people, but I never got to show that.

4. Kings second-rounder Isaiah Cousins of Oklahoma has signed a partially guaranteed one-year deal, league sources tell The Vertical.National Writer
5. One of my favorite Warriors of all-time who's also an under-rated source of highlights: Monta Ellis Top 10 Plays of His Career, complete with a facial, 360 reverse layups, and a couple of your typical buzzer-beating game-winning fadeaway runners.