Are the Lakers Really Running the Princeton Offense?

The Los Angeles Lakers made headlines over the summer when GM Mitch Kupchak managed to sign Steve Nash and trade for Dwight Howard, but the most surprising move was when head coach Mike Brown made a hire of his own: He brought in former Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan to run the famous Princeton offense. 

For those unfamiliar, this system calls for constant ball movement and highly disciplined team play and essentially makes every position except center irrelevant.

That said, while the Lakers have been moving the ball around on offense quite a bit, to say that they are running a traditional Princeton offense is simply not true. If they were, there wouldn't appear to be so much confusion on the floor. At this point, it looks as though veteran players like Nash and Antawn Jamison are hesitating in terms of getting involved on offense.

The saddest part of it all is that the Princeton offense has already been proven as a recipe for success on the NBA level.

In his time with the Sacramento Kings, current Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman employed a very similar style that employed the constant movement, but not in the same way that the Lakers are using it this season. Whereas the Lakers are just waiting for a mismatch, Adelman's Kings never hesitated to take a shot if there was an opportunity, mismatch or not.

Look at it this way. Remember the Kings' lineup from the franchise's glory days? The lineup was so balanced with talent that it was kind of ridiculous.

The team had talented scoring point guard Mike Bibby, who was deadly from any spot on the floor.  Doug Christie was slotted at shooting guard, and while he could hold his own in the scoring department, his primary role was that of a pest.

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