^^ Oh definitely, realdeal. I'm overjoyed first and foremost to have Steve Nash who I think could run any kind of offense anyone wanted and it would be fantastic.
Actually Steve Nash is the main reason I'm not THAT excited about the Princeton set per se. It's a system that takes the ball out of the hands of the point guard somewhat, not totally unlike the Triangle and stresses multiple reads and passes.
I'm not down on the Princeton offense itself at all, and as I said, I am thrilled that we have some form of offensive system that is being run by someone other than Mike Brown. That's the biggest thing. So I'm thrilled there's anything in place as opposed to last year's chaos and disorder on that end.
I guess for me the Princeton offense and Eddie Jordan were brought in to fix some things from last year, namely the issue of better utilizing Pau and Bynum at the same time and still allowing Kobe to get his.
But then things changed overnight in that we got Steve Nash - one of the best ball dominant PG's the league has ever seen.
On top of that we subbed in Dwight at 5 for Bynum, two different kinds of players on the offense. That substitution was a perfect fit for our team in that Bynum was strictly a low post player for us. I don't think he had a whole lot of experience with pick and roll and it was going to be a learning curve there for him.
Dwight on the other hand is basically the most powerful pick and roll big in the league. And now he has a guy like Nash to run it with him? It's over. I don't see who in the world is going to be able to contain that.
That should be play number one. Forget reading defenses and Pau Gasol running over to the corner three. Nash and Dwight pick and roll should be staple. Also Nash and Gasol pick and roll or pick and pop. Like Jlkr mentioned let's see someone try to stop that and then you've got Kobe cutting or standing open somewhere for the mid-range or long range jumper. Same with Artest.
It's pick your poison time and it's going to suck a great deal for the other team.
I guess my issue is that Coaches can get overly stuck on systems and theory. I don't think Eddie Jordan will necessarily - he's a good coach. But that's my only concern. I'm more thrilled about the pick and roll opportunities than I am the system. To me the system was a way to try to fix some problems that are no longer there. You are going to have great ball movement now because you have Nash. You don't necessarily need the type of intensely motion heavy offense when you have a guy like Nash. You also now have the two premiere pick and roll bigs to match up with your best pick and roll PG in the league. That's just sick. That's all. I want to see lots and lots and lots of it. I could kind of take or leave much of the busy off ball movement.
The great news is as you pointed out Jordan already mentioned the high pick and roll Orlando ran with D12 and that if something is working they'll stick with it. They don't plan to go away from it if it can't be stopped. I'm totally with that.
Mainly I just want to see some good old basketball plays. I don't need to see a bunch of complicated back door screens. Just regular picks for our guys with Nash handling the ball is excitement enough for me!