Los Angeles Lakers: Each Player's Role in Mike D'Antoni's Run-and-Gun Offense

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Los Angeles Lakers: Each Player's Role in Mike D'Antoni's Run-and-Gun Offense
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Mike D'Antoni is the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, a move hardly any saw coming, shaking up Purple and Gold's dynamic significantly.

According to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, Phil Jackson was "asking for the moon" and the Lakers weren't prepared to give it to him, opting for D'Antoni instead.

What does this mean for Los Angeles' offense?

Everything, and then some.

While D'Antoni's defensive schemes remain widely discredited or non-existent, his offensive blueprint—known as the "seven seconds or less system"—is borderline worshipped. Steve Nash won two NBA MVP awards within it and Kobe Bryant traipsed his way to a gold medal at the Olympics with it this past summer.

But that was then, with the Phoenix Suns and Team USA. This is now, with a Lakers team still searching for a dominant identity.

A dominant identity that cannot be established until each player's role within D'Antoni's offense is sufficiently understood.

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