June 16, 1999 |
First things first. The name, "Bulls' Sideline Triangle," has to go. Now, Lakers' Sideline Triangle has a ring to it. Kobe Bryant brings the ball up court and passes in to Shaquille O'Neal, then goes to the corner. OK, that passing business is going to require a change too. And Bryant bringing the ball up, that's a bit of a switch. O'Neal looks down, sees paint below his feet, wheels to the basket and dunks. Been there, done that.
July 10, 1999 |
A large and curious crowd came to see the triangle, although the triangle was visible only in faint outlines, a mostly subliminal suggestion of what might be and what is still only being formulated. An estimated crowd of 4,000 witnessed something on Friday at the Long Beach Pyramid that wasn't quite the official unveiling of Phil Jackson and his new system for the Lakers.
December 12, 2010 |
Reporting from Chicago About five minutes after a disappointing 88-84 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday night, forward Ron Artest made a quick exit from the Lakers' locker room. Artest was the first Laker who played in the game to leave. Artest had played yet another uneventful game this season for the Lakers, and now he was strolling down the United Center hallway, stopping for a few seconds to speak with well-wishers. Artest had missed five of his six shots and had scored only two points.
April 19, 2011 |
It was a tough night that became a tougher morning for Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons, and it was all caused by New Orleans Hornets All-Star point guard Chris Paul. "I couldn't sleep Saturday night and I woke up Sunday morning out of a restless sleep and the entire time I was thinking about 'CP' and screen-and-rolls," Cleamons said after practice Tuesday. And how did Cleamons sleep Sunday night after Paul ripped into the Lakers for 33 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds in the Hornets' 109-100 victory in Game 1 of a Western Conference first-round playoff series?
May 21, 2010 |
They say it takes at least a year to become truly comfortable with a new subject. So what about Professor Phil Jackson and Triangle 101? You want to get more than a passing grade at this stage of the playoffs, and Lakers forward/student Ron Artest is reporting a much greater ease with the books. "I've been comfortable for a while, but it's been off and on," he said after practice Friday. "It's not easy. They say the last couple of players that got traded to Coach Jackson's team took . . . a while to get used to the triangle.
January 4, 2003
It's easy to see why the Lakers have been losing this season. It is the zone defense. The triangle offense doesn't work well against it, and I think it's time for Phil Jackson to work in another offense. How about the pentagon or the rhombus (not Rambis) offense? Or maybe just tweak the triangle. How about the equilateral triangle or obtuse triangle offense? Come on, Tex! Let's show some creativity. Hector Reyes Burbank Mother Teresa needs a second miracle to her credit to become a saint.