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Phil Jackson implores Lakers to prioritize inside game before perimeter shooting

One Lakers statistic looked good on face value at halftime Friday against Phoenix, but Lakers Coach Phil Jackson remained unimpressed.   Most teams would take a four of eight mark from three-point range any day, but Jackson looked at another statistic that pleased him more. The Lakers had gone 12 of 16 from the field whenever they went inside.

"I had to nail that home," Jackson said after practice Saturday at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo, a day after the team's 114-106 victory over the Suns. "Then they went out in the third quarter and took some more. I didn't have much influence, I guess."

Apparently not. The Lakers went 12 of 27 from three-point range, improving their overall mark through two games to 47.9%, an increase from last season's finish at 34.1%. Clearly, the Lakers' off-season acquisitions of Steve Blake and Matt Barnes upgrade the Lakers' outside shooting; the two shot a combined five of nine from the outside. Ron Artest's three-of-eight mark from three-point range showed that healthier fingers, increased confidence and rhythm are paying off, though he went five of 14 overall. And Kobe Bryant's two-of-five finish from downtown serves as one of many signs his right-knee rehabilitation is coming along.

It's only two games, but Jackson made the point that the Lakers were "more of an inside team" with the impressive post work Bryant, Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol provide, as will Andrew Bynum once he's expected to fully recover from off-season knee surgery sometime around Thanksgiving. So even if the Lakers shoot well from downtown Sunday night against defenseless Golden State, Jackson doesn't want his team to think their impressive shooting range should change the identity of the team.

"We had a real high percentage in our inside game," Jackson said, "yet we were still taking outside shots."

The same players who took the high volume of threes against Phoenix publicly endorsed Jackson's philosophy. Shannon Brown, who went zero of two from three-point range after a three-of-four mark in last week's win against Houston, said, "We pretty much take what the defense gives us." Barnes, who in two games has gone three of five from downtown, took it a step further, saying, "Teams don't win by shooting threes." And Blake, whose three-pointer provided the game winner against Houston, defended the team's approach thus far: "We definitely want to get into penetration and postups, but we have guys who can shoot threes too."

The issue on its surface is fairly minor as the Lakers have averaged 44 points in the paint, while still remaining impressive from the perimeter. But in the long term, it could reveal a lot about the team dynamic as it determines where it finds its shots. Even if the Lakers, particularly their bench, have looked impressive so far because everyone has bought the team concept and appear to have good chemistry, the first two games revealed areas where the Lakers opted for the outside shot when they could have produced an even better shot inside.

That doesn't mean the Lakers should go inside just for the sake of going inside. That also doesn't mean the Lakers should avoid shooting open outside shots. The Lakers should approach the game, however, looking to get the ball in the lane and post first, before settling for jumpers and three pointers. Working inside-out instead of outside-in also will help the Lakers' perimeter shooters develop a better rhythm as well. If perfected, an effective inside presence along with outside shooting will give opponents fits.

"If we have a wide-open shot, then we got to shoot it," Brown said. "If it's a three, so be it. Not all the time we have to take them. We can drive or whatever the case is so long as it's within the rhythm and the flow of the game and the flow of our offense; we have to take the shots given to us."

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-Sunday evening sermon semi-repost-

What?? Phil is muddled in a malapropism here. A renegade is a disloyal person, such as a deserter. That hardly characterizes our dedicated bench.


Posted by: Allnet | October 30, 2010 at 04:31 PM

Actually, Phil knows what he is talking about.
The 'great' Laker championship teams have always been made up of deserters from other squads, and for an organization and fan base with such a well known honor deficiency, what's in a name anyway?

'We don't play for honor, we play for rings!!!'

Besides, 'Renegades' actually has a nice familiar ring to it. 

It works, and it’s something to boast about.

On the other hand, a name like the 'Cuckoo Birds' might be an even better fit.
It suggests brood parasitism to identify more closely with the well known Laker M.O.

Hmmm. You've got some good choices there. 
Nice work Phil.
On the money as always.

Go Kings!

Go Giants!
Go 
Oregon Ducks! Schooled the trash-talkin’ Trojan quitters in a man’s game.
Go Manny, go!

Oh, before I forget, be sure to remind your boys to help themselves to
double-portions at the Sacramento Hometown Buffet
before the game this Wednesday!
It’s on me.

And yes...Go 49-ers! Games gonna start from the UK in about an hour.

Sonnybelfast

Good morning Sonny! Yes Renegades is appropriate. Phil is just sending a message that he reads this Blog. Renegades = "RENEGADE CHAT" and who did he reveal this nickname to, He revealed it to MM you think this is a coincidence please. Just like referring to Killer B's another name started by the Blog. They are trying to tell this Blog in so many words they read us. And yes that includes reading even the esteemed Sonny Belfast. So how are you doing my brother? Not impressed with the Team yet I see. I sense a lil softening there Sonny. Watch out you'll be sneaking glances at the games before long.
Just go ahead and become a Lakerholic. I guarantee it won't hurt. In fact it makes you feel quite good. LOL! OK my brother I hope you and the family are safe and well and take care but....Remember there is always a space open for you on the Bandwagon and you already are on The Roll Call. LOL! Take care my brother!

Because I sorta got justa'd (hey, it's a verb, look it up), I'm not going to repost (as my words are crap), but I will re-DJ, as I like the songs:

Two of my favorite Sunday songs:
From the man who wrote it (Kris) and the man who first covered it (Johnny):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RLiuPRMJy8

And of course, the Velvets:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cWzxJvgWc8

And we were talking about w-chickens and w-wings, and Monta Ellis:

Monta Ellis has been going off pretty good lately, though - so I'm not counting any w-chickens before they're hatched. Mmmm, w-chicken. I could eat a whole bunch of w-wings tonight though.

Here's a chicken song from the always ahead-of-his-time (even now) Mr. Zappa:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZyI91emzYE

And a little sumethin' somethin' 'bout wings (with Duane on slide):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLPHz8KT9No

Thank you 63 Footer!! I'm all tuned out myself. It's up to you and DJ LRob to carry the show today!! Carry On!!!

MAMBA24 - out of tunes? Then one of my favorite Who songs will help you out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6-3rnD7FSc

MAMBA24 - out of tunes? Then one of my favorite Who songs will help you out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6-3rnD7FSc Posted by: 63 Footer | October 31, 2010 at 09:07 AM
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GENIUS!!!!!!!

Looks like another perfect day...
I love LA

Game day and a nickname debate... essential to championship team play as we know.

Love whatever name surfaces... nicknames happen, work their way into the language and survive.

Can't remember a Laker bench with more potential than this one. When LO goes back, it won't be a fair fight. Hurry back, AB, the road to 17 is clear.

Considering that I could never dunk a basketball, I have a question for those of you who can or could. What's a better feeling, swishing a jump shot from downtown or dunking the ball?

Gooood Morning Lakerland! How is everyone on this fabulous Game Day?

The team is rolling well, Phil is tinkering with nicknames (definately a sign he is pleased with them), and someone infered that we may be undefeated when Bynum returns! LOL, Nice!

Mamba24, I love the "New Look" Roll Call this year. I still love seeing it and thank you so much for the hard work you put into it.

Edwin, I really liked the history lesson. I was unfamiliar with some of the things you were mentioned (I love the History Channel). That being said, Phil was talking about nicknames, not titles...LOL. Though Phil can be quite Imperial at times.

Carry on!

P.S. Corner J? You da Man!

OK if I must I must. My 1st cut http://tinyurl.com/26cvhp8 - Little Green Apples O.C. Smith

Good morning lakerholics,

We should invite the Renegades to our Renegade Chat.

Considering that I could never dunk a basketball, I have a question for those of you who can or could. What's a better feeling, swishing a jump shot from downtown or dunking the ball?

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | October 31, 2010 at 09:24 AM
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DUNK!!!

Mamba24, thx for the roll call, you have fullfilled the "idol" position very well.

MM,

Please zap this post, and my earlier (inadvertent) double.
Thank you.

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

Just rolled out of bed, gotta love Sunday mornings! Here's my musical contribution for the day.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnaUL8OpBck
Gameday - Lakers in their Sunday whites at Staples at 6:30p for the first time this season - woo-hoo! Gonna put the candy outside the door with a big sign that says, "Help Yourselves, Gameday!" No Steph Curry tonight - oh well, cry me a river! Gotta get to 3-0. Don't look now, but the New Orleans Hornets with CP3, Trevor Ariza and DJ Mbenga are sitting out there at 3-0!

@JohnnyV how you be my brother? Thanks for the compliment. Always good to see a post by you. going to be a nice relaxing blowout tonight I think.
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Good Morning KobeMVP888, I would say either one is equally great. I guess it all depends on the situation. Hitting from downtown is awesome as that is more my shot than the dunk. But you got to give it to the dunkers. One dunk can blow open an entire game.

Mamba24, thx for the roll call, you have fullfilled the "idol" position very well.
Posted by: Magic Phil | October 31, 2010 at 09:44 AM
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Now Magic Phil I'm warning you, it's to early in the morning for this ISH!!! LOL! Just playing with you my brother. Hey, you're the man with all the mad skills. I wanna be Magic Phil when I grow up! Carry On!

MAMBA24

The reason I ask is that I think one of the toughest things for an NBA coach is to get his players to pound the ball inside. Players love to shoot from the outside, particularly from downtown. This is a very, very old theme from Phil Jackson. He knows the importance of pounding the ball inside. Not only do you get higher percentage shots and go to the line more often, but much like a running game in football helps open up the passing game, pounding the ball down low makes for more wide open looks from downtown. I think if you asked Shannon Brown, for example, whether he enjoys dunking the ball or getting red hot from the outside, I think he'd choose the latter.

First off:

GAME DAY BABY!!!!!!

YYYEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!


2nd - is anyone else as concerned as I am that 63 Footer knows the tune to some Justin Bieber?? Yikes.... scary.....


3rd - since there is no morning commute, I can't post something from my iPod. However, I'll post something that should be there:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pdQ3z1Ji8U


4th - someone's gotta find hobbit


5th - what the hell do I do now with my fantasy team? Someone? Anyone?


6th - did I say it was GAME DAY???!!!


GO LAKERS!!!

Let the hunt for 6 begin - DFish
Nothing but another title will suffice - KBryant
WE GOT THIS!!! - justa

Phil Jackson's problem is not a bad one. As a team they can establish an inside game, and they should, however, having the ability to hit the threes will enhance the inside game and provide balance to the team. The Lakers offense has been more versatile this year thus far. That's not a bad thing. The only player that I see forcing the issue from outside is Ron Ron. He is a good post up player, but so far this year is either threes or nothing. Take it inside Ron, especially when the threes aren't falling.

my sunday contribution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpMW7WrUW4o
Posted by: Magic Phil | October 31, 2010 at 10:08 AM
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Very nice Tower of Power, very underated group.
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I like this one by them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX2lvItpXCo

So, what day is this again justa??? =P

Got but a quick minute before a trip to Universal Studios with the in-law.

Just wanted to give a STANDING-O to CornerJ and 63 Footers excellent comments from the last page. In the immortal words of the two dudes from the Guinness beer commercials: BRILLIANT!

Mamba, nothing sweeter than getting up on a Sunday morning and seeing the roll call, except for maybe on a GAME DAY!!!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Cya all tomorrow!!! Really hope the DVR works tonight!!!

Happy Halloween everyone!

First Sunday Whites of the season, I'm excited! I like the new nickname "Renegades" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot9LhcVWF2s. It's Eminem and JayZ, one of my fave collaboration.

First Sunday Whites of the season, I'm excited! I like the new nickname "Renegades" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot9LhcVWF2s. It's Eminem and JayZ, one of my fave collaboration. Posted by: J24 | October 31, 2010 at 10:46 AM
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MY GOODNESS!! Get down J24!!!

mamba24, what about this one?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgHLgPpbpNM

Ok here we go:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YLWm_rbBQ - Things I’ve seen - Spooks

what about this one? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgHLgPpbpNM
Posted by: Magic Phil | October 31, 2010 at 11:00
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Yes, Yes, Yes!!! I forgot they had a lot of hits. That one is good!!! Thanks!!

Laker J - Kudos on your RCOTD. Good argument. But I just want to clarify one thing. I'm not criticizing the Lakers three-point shooting. It's a good thing to have both a good inside game and outside shooting. The slight concern Phil had was how they were prioritizing. The game against Phoenix and the one tonight against Golden State will feature bad defense and it'll be easy to think that after hitting outside shots against them that that should be the main strategy going forward. You saw last year where even though the inside game produced, it could've produced even more. So just thought it was an interesting thing to point out

@KobeMVP888,

If someone is watching, dunking feels WAY better.

--FEARless

So, Phil Jackson speaks ... and the Lakers ignore him ...

Is this supposed to be news?


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