It's somewhat of a concern. We were looking slow last season, and we haven't gotten any faster.
With all the talk about working things in the halfcourt, that's fine and all, but having speed is still important. Sure, the game might slow down in the playoffs, but transition buckets, transition defense (crucial), dribble penetration, ability to stay in front of your man, etc. are all aspects of basketball. You can't just brush it aside.
What I noticed is that everyone is mentioning our offense. As long as we run our offense, they won't get many transition opportunities. I think that's the wrong mindset. Offense comes and goes. Defense doesn't.
Besides, speed helps in both departments.
Kobe Bryant 8 wrote:Speed is more than just scoring in transition. It's taking people off the dribble, it's getting into passing lanes, etc.
Ron was considered to bulky and slow yet gets a lot of steals. The Lakers didn't have a lot of speed at all in the past 3 seasons yet we got into passing lanes just fine. Jordy and Shannon had the speed on the team. Also, Sasha could push it pretty well. However, the team as a whole didn't have it yet they rotated on defense very well. Our speed guys Jordy and SHannon didn't even get a lot of steals nor get a great deal of fast breaks I would wager LO had more fastbreak chances than them.
Ball movement in the halfcourt set is what we need, being able to pass into the post and move off the ball. Like I said, we are not a run and gun team like that on either side of the ball.
Lakers were actually one of the faster teams with the exception of last season.
In the first year we got Gasol, we were 6th in pace. That would have likely been higher if we had Gasol since the start of the season. When we won the first championship, we were 5th in pace.
Last season was the first time we were kind of slow, and last season, we were 14th.