Sunday Morning Reading: Scouting The Lakers

Darius Soriano —  February 19, 2012

In every game preview we write here at FB&G, we try to break down the tendencies of the Lakers opponents, talk about what their strengths are, and discuss how the Lakers can go about attacking their opponent. In a way, this is a mini-scouting report for that game.

What we do here though, is nowhere near what actual scouting departments and coaches do to prepare their team for a specific opponent. NBA teams have advanced scouts at games taking notes on sets and play calls and coaches watching boatloads of tape. They study tendencies of the team and of individual players and produce scouting reports that prepare their guys for the next game.

Over at Land O’ Lakers, Dave McMenamin has gotten his hands on the 52 page Suns scouting report for the Lakers and shares some of the details of it. Here’s a taste, starting with a couple of notes on Kobe:

IN HIS 54 CAREER GAMES AGAINST US, BRYANT IS AVERAGING 26.4 POINTS PER GAME.”

“BRYANT IS FACILITATING FOR THE FIRST THREE QUARTERS, THEN WILL LOOK TO TAKE OVER ON OFFENSE IN THE 4TH QUARTER.”

“HE HAS A LOT OF FREEDOM IN THE OFFENSE, MAKING READS AND WILL BREAK OFF AND GO ON HIS OWN WAY.”

WE CANNOT GO FOR BRYANT’S PUMP FAKES, WHERE HE WILL GET THE DEFENDER IN THE AIR, THEN DRAWS A FOUL.”

And, here’s more on the Lakers’ offense vs. a zone D:

 “OUR ’23’ ZONE CAN BE AN OPTION AGAINST THIS TEAM, AS WE HAD SUCCESS AGAINST THE LAKERS IN THE PLAYOFFS WITH IT.”

“HOUSTON HAD SUCCESS ZONING THE LAKERS EARLIER THIS SEASON.”

TORONTO’S ZONE DEFENSE WAS EFFECTIVE AGAINST THE LAKERS IN THEIR LAST GAME, AND KEPT THE RAPTORS HANGING AROUND UNTILL (sic) THE VERY END.”

There are lots more goodies in McMenamin’s report (including specific notes on other players and the Lakers’ approach on offense) so I suggest going and reading the entire thing. Since the Lakers play the second game of a home and home series with the Suns tonight, it’s interesting to see what their scouts and coaches think of the Lakers.

 

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2 responses to Sunday Morning Reading: Scouting The Lakers

  1. It was an interesting read on the blurb/breakdowns on each player’s games.

    Some of the stuff didn’t seem updated as it should have been.

    McRoberts has no mid-range/outside game versus what the report says for example.

    Pau isn’t the one that has trouble passing out of the post, it’s Drew.

    The item on Goudelock doesn’t express his floater shot ability when driving, not that he’s Derek Rose quick or anything.

    Other than applying the zone on the Lakers which always messes with the team, even though they should know how to attack that by now, I can see why the team loses to the Lakers these days. LOL

    Bye.

  2. Interesting stuff, read the link. Is there any fallout for a scouting report being leaked pre-game or are they so commonly available from team to team that ESPN doesn’t have to think twice?