revgen wrote:We've always ran a mixed bag of offensive schemes under Phil. Sometimes we'd run the triangle. Sometimes we did P&R with Pau and Kobe. Sometimes we just had ISO's with Bynum, Kobe, or Pau. We didn't just have one way of putting points on the board. It keeps teams guessing as to what we'd do next. Makes us a less predictable team.
^^ This is a good point by Revgen, but it also shows exactly where the problems lie right now.
With Phil Jackson there was no confusion about the offense. The back drop was always going to be Triangle. Any riffing off it or derivation was just that - a derivation from the main system, the Triangle.
Mike Brown's offense is, well, ISO garbage. Eddie Jordan was brought in to correct the awful basketball we had to watch last season. In theory, the Princeton is another Triangle-like, read and react system that has worked well under guys like Adelman, who ran an offshoot of it, and Eddie Jordan who came up under Adelman.
I don't think the Princeton itself is to blame here.
The biggest problems we are seeing is that the Front Office, or really Jim Buss, tried to bandaid fix his coaching hire, Brown, by bringing in someone who can run his own offense in Eddie Jordan.
Then we got personnel upgrades that sort of kill the necessity for using primarily a motion offense. Doesn't mean they can't still learn it and run it. But it doesn't play to the strengths of the new personnel, i.e. Nash and Howard.
Nonetheless Nash COULD run Princeton sets. There's no doubt about it.
The problem is the logjam at the coaching position. The FO bringing in Eddie Jordan is basically a move that says, "Brown, your offense sucks," which it does. But now you are effectively undermining Brown's position as head coach. His reaction has been - "Ok, we'll mostly use my old stuff I was running last year, plus some Princeton. I'll call it a 'hybrid.'"
What he should be doing is relinquishing CONTROL of the offense to a better offensive mind and coach in Eddie Jordan.
However, what he's doing is messing everything up and creating disorganization. He doesn't know enough about the Princeton offense to be changing it or running it at all.
If he wants to keep his job he should let go and just let Jordan run the offense - with variations that work for our current personnel. I trust Eddie Jordan to do just that. But Brown doesn't so far. I think part of that is his insecurity as a coach.
Remember, Jordan was a FO hire, not Mike Brown's hire. Brown knows good and well that Jordan might be his replacement if he falters. There's a dynamic there that is competitive rather than on the same page.
Right now you've got a schizophrenic offense where the players don't know what to do, and whose instruction to follow.
Given the chaos I've seen after Mike Brown has had his much vaunted training camp and preseason now (the excuse he had for still being here this year) - I would cut my losses and just turn it over the reigns to Jordan. He was brought in for a reason, and Mike Brown is just making a mess out of everything. 0-8 preseason is atrocious. But it's more than just the losses - it's the way they were losing, and they way they look utterly confused and unorganized.
If I were Jim I'd just go all the way and commit to Jordan. Either that or bring in Jerry Sloan who I think could do a better job than either one.