Earlier today, Darius wrote about additions to the Lakers coaching staff, and ways that the Princeton offense and pick and roll can coexist. If Jordan, Bickerstaff & Clifford do indeed finalize their deals, they’ll be joining fellow assistants Kuester, Ham & Person. Along with with head coach Mike Brown, that’s a large coaching staff to go with a formidable new All-Star lineup. It should be apparent by now, that the team is going all in this season, with players, personnel, and an ambitious melding of strategies.
Henry Abbott at TrueHoop, wonders whether Kobe Bryant & Steve Nash could be the next great ‘good cop/bad cop’ combo.
The Kamenetzy brothers at the Land O’Lakers offer a summer roundup podcast.
Kevin Ding at the OC Register reports that assistant coaches Eddie Jordan, Bernie Bickerstaff and Steve Clifford are set to join the Lakers staff.
Jabari Davis at Lakers Nation asks if Dwight Howard & Pau Gasol could be the best center/power forward combo in NBA history.
In other news, Kobe Bryant is still not on Twitter, great imposters notwithstanding. Maria Burns Ortiz at ESPN Go has the story.
While the upcoming season promises a multitude of storylines, the lead-ins will often target Kobe. This isn’t some vague conspiracy rant, although I have been known to do that. There are precedents here, and lots of them. Put a super-team together and you’re daring observers to question it, or preordain it for greatness in a classic expectations game. This goes with the territory, it is part and parcel with NBA basketball which is more closely aligned with entertainment and pop culture than any other major league sport in this country. And all of this is fine, it is familiar territory for the Los Angeles Lakers and their fans. Bring us your lights, your cameras, your huddled commentators yearning to breathe fire. There’s plenty of room at the table.
- Dave Murphy