Lakers News: Kurt Rambis Correctly Believes Offense Should Be Run Through Bigs

Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis recently opened up to Eric Pincus of The Los Angeles Times on how the team must design their game plan. While head coach Mike D'Antoni's up-tempo system is well-established, Rambis believes that the offense should be run through L.A.'s bigs.

He's spot-on with that evaluation.

The Lakers have targeted their absence of athleticism this summer, acquiring players such as Jordan Farmar, Wesley Johnson and Nick Young to help in that regard. With this in mind, L.A. may be inclined to run D'Antoni's signature offense and attempt to pick up points at a high pace.

Even still, Rambis isn't sure that the Lakers are meant to run.

It's hard to debate Rambis' comments.

The Lakers are fresh off of a season in which they went 45-37 and needed a win on the final day of the regular season to make the playoffs. At the heart of their dreadful performance was a combination of injuries, an absence of chemistry and three head coaches with entirely different systems.

The only way for the Lakers to stand a fighting chance at winning a title is to play to their strengths.


2012-13 Was a Failure

The Lakers are an organization that has, historically, pounded it down low and let the rest of their game plan formulate from the effectiveness of that approach. In each of their 16 NBA championship seasons, that's remained the lone constant.

Last season, the Lakers moved away from that strategy and paid the consequences.

According to, Los Angeles ranked 13th in points in the paint per game during the 2012-13 season. That rating may not be so disappointing for the average team, but there's one important fact that we cannot ignore.

The Lakers ranked 13th in interior scoring with both Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol on the same roster.


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