The Los Angeles Lakers start 0-3 this Season. It is one of the worst starts that the Lakers had throughout their whole stint in the NBA.
Majority of the Laker Fans don't like the Princeton Offense that Coach Mike Brown has implemented this Season. I also share the same sentiment because I believe that the Lakers have the tools to be versatile through the sheer efforts of their key players.
A lot of people have ridiculed Mike Brown and his style of coaching. So much so that a news came out on Twitter that Brown is set to be replaced by Jerry Sloan on December 1, 2012.
I think Jerry Sloan will be the perfect replacement of Mike Brown if ever the rumors are true. Why? First, let's take a look at the Lakers' current key players:
Kobe is still one of the best one-on-one players out there in the League. There are not so many defenders out there that can effectively guard him.
Pau is still one of the best big guys who can shoot from the perimeter. He can create a lot of mismatches against slower big men.
Nash's skills are still in tact. He's still a great passer and a decent three point shooter. He can still shoot it from a distance.
And finally, Dwight Howard has been one of the most dominant big men in the NBA. He's also a great pick and roll player. That's his favorite play especially when he was still playing with Jameer Nelson in Orlando.
The Lakers don't have to go through the rigors of the very demandingand tiring Princeton Offense. They don't have to go through tough screens and cut a lot to the basket. Simple plays will do. Pick and Roll plays, Isolation Plays, Low Post plays, and Weave Plays on top of the key, and dribble drive plays will do. Those kinds of plays will work because they have great offensive players.
Now, when you take a look at the Coaching Career of Sloan, you can say that he is a well established Coach.
He implemented the Pick and Roll offense during the Stackton and Malone era in Utah. That play was their bread and butter play. It propelled them to the upper echelon of the NBA during the 90's.
This time around, when he gets the job as the new head coach of the Lakers, he can once again apply that Pick and Roll play. Nash can play the role of Stockton and either Howard or Pau can play the role of Malone. There will surely be a pick and roll party everyday of the week in Los Angeles.