Originally Posted by bakaduin
Seriously one game and you are calling it? I hate the Lakers but it takes time to develop chemistry. This is akin to the people who were calling out Peyton Manning after a few games this season.
I honestly don't believe that this is an issue of chemistry. I think that the Lakers signing of Nash was short-sighted star gazing and the utilization of the Princeton offense with this combination of personnel is wrong (directly due to the addition of Nash).
Even in his best days, Nash was considered a below average defender at best. Did you watch the way the Mavs attacked the Lakers? The dynamic PG duo of Darren Collison and Rodrique Breaubois combined for 28 points on 12-20 shooting, 9 assists, 4 steals and only 2 TOs. In transition or secondary break situations where Nash got caught up having to pick up Mayo, the ball almost instantly went to Mayo. Basically, Nash had a big target on his shirt on the defensive end. That will be a constant problem all year.
Now, I can understand why the Lakers staff would think that the Princeton offense is a good idea. You have 6 players (Kobe, Nash, Howard, Gasol, Jamison) who are all smart veteran players and multi-faceted in their skills. Plus, the fact that the pace of play with the offense will be less tolling on their aged and injury prone players over the course of an 82 game season.
The Princeton offense requires highly intelligent players that are willing to play a controlled, deliberate game. With that being said, even though I love watching the offense and that it's being run with a quintessential 4 man and 5 man like Howard running backcuts down the lane, there is a reason why this offense hasn't really been utilized since the NBA instituted the shot clock. The offense takes too long to develop shots. Thus, the possession per game count will be down. If they are going to have defensive liabilities on the floor, they have to maximize their offensive possessions to counter that. Plus, they are going to lose a lot more possessions because of Howard's horrid FT shooting.
So the fact that is that Nash is really better suited for high paced style of attack. Honestly, Howard is as well. His back is probably a more serious problem than what he is letting on.
And for any one that wants to say that the fast paced style of play that benefits Steve Nash is support him being fast. I only have two words to counter that argument.