When has Lebron played off the ball in his entire career? When did Shaq become a pick and roll player?.
2-3 zone denial for Shaq (The fact that this was illegal for Shaq's prime was a huge factor in his dominance). Now the argument can be made that this would let Lebron do his thing on the perimeter.
It gives him more space.
On the perimeter.
The Lane is closed down here and he isn't going to score as much points on the outside. His mid range and outside game ain't bad but it's completely broken when those are the shots he's forced to take.
Don't mistake me for saying this is going to stop them. It won't. But if I can instantly think of a strategy that's going to make things difficult...then chances are coaches are going to go to work.
Last edited by Rubio2Gasol : 02-05-2013 at 06:28 PM.
People don't understand how much of a nightmare attacking that will be. Shaq might have some degree of success, Duncan and Kobe might have some degree of success because they can set up half court and get single coverage (not that either can defend Jordan or Hakeem on the other end ).
But Wade,Lebron and Barkely are going to get mauled. Hakeem will hedge and trap- that's if they manage to get past the initial Jordan denial drill.
Duncan and Kobe is an interesting 2nd place. Once again a magnificent fit. Only problem is that Duncan ain't that dominant post player who can take advantage of Kobe's entry passing and Kobe ain't the best slasher on the list. Duncan and Durant would be ridiculous.
Jordan and Hakeem are just too versatile of players. Jordan essentially has all of Kobe's strengths as a guard, but superior athleticism, defense, slashing, finish ability, catch and shoot abilities, decision making ... you name it.
Hakeem has none of Shaq's weaknesses, and can even play defense on perimeter players. Great pick and roll player offensively, and even better defensively. Can ISO in the post, or work off the ball.
LeBron has flaws if the lane gets clogged, or he's strictly turned into a jump shooter only. Same goes for Wade. They can get caught being stagnant off the ball. Neither has the post game of Kobe or Jordan.
Kobe can have some issues if you're making him beat you on the drive off the dribble, exclusively. Not big on contact, isn't the fastest player or best slasher off the ball.