UCLA Basketball: Bruins' Best Situational Lineups in 2013-2014

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UCLA Basketball: Bruins' Best Situational Lineups in 2013-2014
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The Magic Man Himself

If you get to thinking about it, there are any number of super specialized lineups a basketball coach could devise for any situation he might encounter in a game.

To get obsessed with such things in the way Tony LaRussa or Jim Tracy used to in baseball would get the coach branded a micromanager, a dubious title with derisive overtones, even when the coaching style worked.  

But there are certain pairings, at least on the coach's white board, that would seem to offer certain tactical advantages in specific situations created by game pressure.

That is not at all to say that something that appears poor on paper would not by some mysterious alchemy become spun gold on the floor. Much of the powerful allure of organized sports is wrapped up in the unsolvable mystery known by the title of "team chemistry."

These slides propose to offer white board lineup cards for UCLA's basketball team, giving the coach, or in this case the armchair coach, the most venomous mixture of five players the team could put on the floor the moment certain production values are required to win a game. 

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