How Kobe Bryant Will Make L.A. Lakers Transition to Princeton Offense Seamless

The Los Angeles Lakers will be undergoing a number of transitions this season, but don't be so quick to count learning the Princeton offense as an especially daunting one.

Not for Kobe Bryant anyway.

Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell reports via Twitter that L.A.'s iconic guard has this thing figured out after discussions with head coach Mike Brown and assistant Eddie Jordan (a Princeton offense mastermind):

Kobe Bryant has already had a few meetings w/Brown & Jordan about the Princeton. Jordan said he'd literally already picked it up in advance.

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) September 17, 2012 No one should be too surprised.

After all, Bryant has always had a great basketball mind, even if it was overshadowed early in his career by equally mesmerizing athletic ability. And it's worth noting this is the same offense Bryant faced in the playoffs when matched up against Rick Adelman's Sacramento Kings.



The scheme isn't entirely dissimilar from Phil Jackson's triangle offense, which also relies heavily on off-the-ball movement to keep defenders from focusing their attention on any one scoring weapon.

Indeed, Bryant has supported this transition from Day 1 (via Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski):

"It's a great offense," Bryant told Yahoo! Sports. "It's exactly what we need. It takes us back to being able to play by making reads and reacting to defenses. It takes a great deal of communication, but that's where we're at our best: Reading and reacting as opposed to just coming down and calling sets. Calling sets make you vulnerable."

After a season in which Kobe was asked to take a lot of shots and isolate the ball more frequently, one might assume that's the way he prefers playing.



In reality, it was more likely just the way Mike Brown was comfortable coaching in his first season with a team that was transitioning away fr...

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