I know this is a little late, but haven’t had a chance to write until now. I just wanted to make one point about the Mavs destruction of the Lakers on Friday night. That point is that Jeremy Lin should play for Rick Carlisle. Rick is another coach who understands team ball and Lin would be perfect for what Rick Carlisle is looking to do. I’ll be pushing the Mavs to sign Lin, so I’ll be reaching out to Mark Cuban. I think Cuban, being a business man, will like the marketing prospect of Lin, at least. And Carlisle is going to be love the way Lin plays. I think Lin could replace Jameer Nelson in the starting lineup. Lin will also see some familiar faces in Dallas (the two Chandlers) and will play along side a superstar who actually cares about team ball (Dirk). On paper, at least, the Mavs are perfect for Lin. Mavs also love to run fast breaks, which Lin excels at. Anyway, just a thought. Something to keep in mind for the off-season. But, of course, we’re just beginning this season, so no need to think about all of that right now.
The Mavs pass the way I want teams to pass. There’s one play that I’ve been imploring Kobe and Lin to implement, which I call the “give back”. The Mavs used that to great effect–especially in the 3rd quarter when they really blew out the game. They executed the “give back” play multiple times with Monta Ellis in that 3rd quarter where Ellis went off.
The “give back” is simple. Here’s how it could work very effectively with Lin and Kobe. Lin passes the ball to Kobe and Kobe pass ball right back to Lin if/when Lin’s man is not paying attention to Lin. Lin can then either shoot a wide open shot or use Lin’s quick first step to get back Lin’s man. In the NBA, players rarely pass the ball back to the player that just passed it to them, because it looks stupid. The “give back” exploits this conventional thinking, thus, surprising the defense. Kobe and Lin are perfect for the “give back” because Kobe commands a lot of attention and Lin has a quick first step.
In the 3rd quarter, the Mavs implemented the “give back” with Monta Ellis, which resulted in Ellis nailing several wide open 3’s. It was awesome for me to watch, because I rarely have seen the “give back” implemented in the NBA, since basketball players think it’s stupid to pass the ball right back to the man who pass it to them. They think if the guy just gave them the ball, that guy doesn’t really want it back right away. But that didn’t stop the Monta’s teammates from continuing to give the ball RIGHT BACK to him RIGHT AFTER they got it from him. On a side note, Dirk also did give-and-goes with Parsons. Parsons is a perfect guy for the give-and-go, because he’s such a great cutter.
Watching the Mavs play should be a master class for BS and the Lakers in passing, but, of course, I’m sure BS and the Lakers weren’t paying attention. The ball, in the hands of the Mavs is like Quidditch (you know, that ball in Harry Potter that zips around in lightening speed), in the hands of the Lakers, it’s like the basketball has been dipped in molasses. Most of the Lakers don’t like giving the ball up right after they get the ball, because they don’t know when they’ll ever get it back. They also love their mid-range jumpers. So Lakers offense just ends up being either Kobe isos or One Pass + One Jumper.
If Lin gets to play under Carlisle, Lin will finally be able to show, once again, what he can do. Carlisle is another rare NBA coach who coaches the entire team. As a result, everyone on the team steps up, because they all feel like they matter. In Lakerland, the only one who matters to BS is Kobe Bryant. Lin is, once again, stuck with a Superstar fanboy coach who doesn’t care for team ball.
SIDE NOTE: I think my theory about Lin being McHaled–especially when Lin faces the Rockets–does appear to have credence. Because Lin has a great game the night before facing the Rockets and then had another excellent game vs. Mavs (the game right after the Rockets). So being in the presence of Rockets-related “stuff” for lack of a better word, does have a detrimental psychological impact on Lin that does appear to affect his game. I’m telling you guys, psychology impacts everything we do and at that level of competition, psychology is EVERYTHING!