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Lakers coach Mike Brown calling out plays from the sideline.
The 2012-2013 Lakers season is just over a week underway, and the new Princeton style offense Mike Brown has implemented is already under heavy scrutiny.
Analysts such as former NBA All-Star Charles Barkley have already spoken out against the incorporation of the new offense and feel as though the Lakers' weapons are not being properly utilized.
“Mike Brown has to nix the Princeton thing,” Barkley said Tuesday while talking to the media. “And let Steve Nash push the ball. I've always said I want my accountants from Princeton, not my offense."
Is Barkley right? Should the new offense be nixed? Absolutely not.
In the Princeton offense everything is about timing. Each player is constantly in motion, using back-door cuts and off ball movement to create open looks.
The Lakers have had roughly one month to figure out each players' roles in the complex new system, all while facing injuries to Kobe, Nash and Dwight.
Said best by Kobe Bryant in an article written by Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:
“It’s timing on things,” Bryant said. “We’re trying to get the offense down on who’s going to go where.”
As the Lakers continue to practice and improve upon the new offense, they will start winning, and team chemistry will form.
Already through four games, Kobe is shooting just about 60 percent from the field. Dwight is averaging 23.3 points per game—higher than his career average of 18.4—and the Lakers are averaging 100 points per game.
Imagine what they could do with another month of practice.