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Practice Report: Lakers Admit Ineffectiveness of Pick-And-Roll Reviewed by Momizat on . After the seven-game road trip, a common them emerged at the Lakers facility this morning. Besides frustrations with the media and the devastating news that Pau After the seven-game road trip, a common them emerged at the Lakers facility this morning. Besides frustrations with the media and the devastating news that Pau Rating:
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Practice Report: Lakers Admit Ineffectiveness of Pick-And-Roll

Dwight Howard and Serena Winters PracticeAfter the seven-game road trip, a common them emerged at the Lakers facility this morning. Besides frustrations with the media and the devastating news that Pau Gasol will be out a minimum of 6-8 weeks, something else became ever more apparent over these last two weeks. The pick and roll offense, that looks perfect on paper, with two players that have shown success running it, just has not been effective, and everyone, including Mike D’Antoni, is realizing it.

“It just hasn’t worked yet, and we’ll find other ways to do things.”

Back at the Lakers practice facility for the first time in almost two weeks, the late morning started out with Mike D’Antoni expressing surprise that the pick-and-roll has been mediocre, at best. Once the early afternoon hit,  Steve Nash was admitting the same sentiments.

“I would’ve thought we’d be a lot more potent in the pick-and-roll situations…He (Dwight) played in a pick-and-roll offense, I played in the pick-and-roll offense…I thought it would have been a lot more effective than it has been thus far, but maybe we can sort it out.”

Maybe. Steve Nash left the media with words of “maybe [the Lakers] can sort it out.” Not exactly uplifting. Finally, it was turn for Dwight Howard to speak up, and for once, it seemed like everyone was on the same page. With the personnel that the Lakers have, their pick-and-roll should be the deadliest offense in the NBA.

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“It should be a deadly weapon. The pick-and-roll with me and Kobe, me and Steve, should be deadly. It hasn’t been as effective every night as we would like it to be.”

Unfortunately, the one thing everyone seems to be in agreement upon is that the Lakers offense has proved far from deadly. In fact, the only thing deadly about it, might be how close it is to killing the Lakers playoff hopes.

“I understand what we’re trying to do out of the pick-and-roll…it just hasn’t been very effective.” – Dwight Howard

The Lakers have 30 games left, and with Pau Gasol out, the rest of the way isn’t going to be easy. Kobe Bryant said today that the biggest positive of their road trip was that they “kept their head above the water.” Let’s just hope the Lakers can keep floating all the way to the playoffs.

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VIDEO: Dwight Howard on the ineffective pick-and-roll, his decision to come to L.A. and how the media has affected this team

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  • Derick

    It’s simple D12 just doesn’t aggressively attack the basket like that of a amare when he was in Phoenix. Amare would attack before the D could set up for the charge and power it in. D12 is slow + hesitant and the rest of the team is worried about threading it in there because they know it will result in a TO. Not to mention his hands when catching the ball have been less the steller. I believe it is in him to be explosive but he just ain’t playing like it now whatever the reason.

    Side note. Dwight catching the ball under the basket = weak and uninspired.

  • JohnC

    Seems that Kobe and Nash (+Pau before injury – the top facilitators in the Lakers) are trying to make the offense less predictable than D’Antoni’s system proposal. Pick-and-roll or any other variation is going to fail if your offense is stagnant, limiting the resources of the players by moving them through always the wrong areas (=the ones they are not most comfortable in) or by denying the teamwork they are capable of – but only when they feel familiar with the moves, zones and it matches their ‘natural’ game and set of skills. That’s why the players start doing different stuff at times. In other words: an abstract system is not going to work in the short term. But the play-offs are not a priority for D’Antoni/LA… on the contrary, he would either change his mind or be fired.

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