Is Chris Paul to the Lakers Like Trying to Fit a Square in a Triangle?

Los Angeles Lakers fans have been swept up in the excitement of possibly landing New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul via trade, but some have voiced concerns on whether or not Paul would be a good fit for the Lakers.

This is a valid concern because the Lakers use of the triangle offense could possibly mute some of the qualities that make Paul special, although Paul is considered by some to be the NBA's top point guard.

The prevailing thought seems to be Paul is less effective when the offense doesn't run through him. In the triangle, it's less important who starts the offense because spacing and positioning takes center stage.

Paul is probably one of the best pick and roll point guards in basketball, and the Lakers thrive in that set, but the way they use it is dictated by advantages any player may have at a certain time.

Paul is more comfortable running the pick and roll from the top of the key, but in the triangle, he may be reduced to a cutter instead of initiator since the Lakers use the it all over the court.

I'm sure Paul is intelligent enough to adapt to the nuances of the Lakers scheme, and coach Phil Jackson would certainly make concessions if Paul were in the fold, but the fact the triangle is here to stay may not bode well for the Lakers landing Paul.

Paul's former coach in New Orleans was Lakers great Byron Scott, and until a few weeks ago, Scott was considered one of the front-runners to succeed Jackson once he stepped down.

Scott's acceptance of the Cleveland Cavaliers head coaching position means Brian Shaw will likely assume the coaching reins once Jackson retires, and it is widely known that Shaw intends to continue the triangle tradition.

If Scott would have been named Jackson's successor, the chances for Paul choosing Los Angeles would have been greater because Scott is not tied to the triangle, and he already has a great relationship with Paul.<...

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