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Controversy has been rampant as critics and analysts weigh in on the L.A. Lakers and their Princeton offense.
However, the numbers indicate that the Lakers have found very little success on the fast break as they try and implement the motion offense.
Despite the age of their roster and their lack of a superior athlete other than Dwight Howard, the fast break is still the most effective way for any team to score buckets.
Over the first four games, the Lakers have averaged 8.5 fast-break points. This means that the Lakers are second last in the league in fast break opportunities.
Furthermore, it is clear that Steve Nash's ability to push the tempo of the game and create easy buckets is being severely mitigated in this offense.
Ironically, the Lakers' first win came without Nash. Without one of their key cogs, the Lakers went away from the Princeton for longer stretches in their game against the inept Pistons and carved out a victory.
However, even more ironic is the fact that offensive output may not even be the key issue. The Lakers still rank ninth in scoring output while scoring on 50.3 percent of their shot attempts.
As the TNT Inside the NBA experts analyzed, the real issue with the Princeton offense is that it is a half-court style of offense that will keep opposing teams in the game due to the slowness of its pace.
Despite the slowness of its pace, every team in the NBA needs a half-court set to fall back on. If the Lakers can focus more on running the break at every possible opportunity while learning how to quickly set up the complicated Princeton set if the fast break isn't available, they should become an elite offensive squad.