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Was the Bernie Bickerstaff era an anomaly?


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#1 Piston Honda

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Posted January 11, 2013 - 07:26 AM

I couldn't watch games during this period as I was w/o power from superstorm Sandy. I was only able to see box scores and judging on that alone isn't enough. Was Bernie just fortunate to take over the team for its once-a-month winning streak, like they did a few weeks ago going 6-1 under D'Antoni or were the Lakers doing something much different offensively and defensively?

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Posted January 11, 2013 - 07:27 AM

Bernie geared the offense to the players attributes. Coach D does not.
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Posted January 11, 2013 - 07:40 AM

Can you elaborate? I'm very curious.

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Posted January 11, 2013 - 08:16 AM

Can you elaborate? I'm very curious.


They really didnt care about setting up an offense everytime they were in half court setting. Sometimes they just ran down the court & gave the ball to D12 in the post 4 times in a row & allowed him to be more comfortable in his usual role. Sometimes they ran PnR, sometimes they ran his version of Princeton/triangle O; & sometimes they played pick up basketball = no plays at all just took advantage of the mismatches on the floor at that given time (this is when they had their best success). He finally changed the player rotations (stopped taking Kobe & D12 out at same time & played D12 with bench) minor things = common sense things when a team is desperate.
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Posted January 11, 2013 - 09:19 AM

He pretty much let them play, he knew what players he had and got out of the way.

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Posted January 11, 2013 - 09:26 AM

Why is it hard for mike d'antoni to let them play like adults.. We won by common sense ball.

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Posted January 11, 2013 - 09:40 AM

Everybody is spot on. The team just played so freely. It was actually beautiful at times.

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Posted January 11, 2013 - 11:18 AM

Not to mention under bickerstaff they crushed rockets, kings, and gsw, but under d'failtoni they lost to both of them and struggled vs the warriors.

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Posted January 11, 2013 - 11:22 AM

Was the defense any better or did they just benefit from lesser TOs?

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Posted January 11, 2013 - 03:10 PM

Everybody is spot on. The team just played so freely. It was actually beautiful at times.

Pretty much. Sometimes keeping it simple is all that's really needed, especially when you have so much talent already. Let it do its thing. Don't bombard it with so much.

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Posted January 11, 2013 - 03:43 PM

Mike needs to that. Keep it simple. Let them know. Do the right thing and win. Maybe put few plays here and there but just play like its a pick up ball

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Posted January 11, 2013 - 07:11 PM

Mike needs to that. Keep it simple. Let them know. Do the right thing and win. Maybe put few plays here and there but just play like its a pick up ball


unfortunately his wheel chair pride wont let him do the right thing. look how damn long it too him to mix up the rotations finally & he still aint doing it right. SMFH.
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Posted January 11, 2013 - 08:52 PM

The players were so happy to get rid of brown, that was the biggest thing


Bernie let them play, Bernie was more concerned with saying funny phil Jackson type quotes to the press, then he was with telling the players how to play basketball.

It was not flukey, it was not just against bad teams. Lakers have serious talent, and they are better then the other teams, Bernie let them play, and just worry about on the court, an just win the darn game, dantonie wants to install a system, rather then win games


I don't think Bernie would have the best winning percentage in lakers history if he was coach for a couple seasons, but he would be better then dantone

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Posted January 11, 2013 - 09:38 PM

Bickerstaff just told them to play some [expletive]en basketball. No system, no pressure, no positioning, no overthinking. Everyone did what they were best at.

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Posted January 12, 2013 - 01:47 AM

It was just a honeymoon period after Brown was fired.

It happens with all teams when an unwanted coach is let go. It all would've come crashing down just like it has now.

But, he would've been better than D'Antoni. I am still beside myself trying to figure out what the Lakers were thinking picking a coach from an ego standpoint rather than a practical one. Simply idiotic.

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Posted January 12, 2013 - 02:01 AM

Lol the only reason we played so well is because everyone hated MB so much. Also the teams we were playing werent that good. All bernie did was tell them to play pick up ball. Even kobe said that. Bernie didnt really do much but set rotations which compared to MB were brilliant. Theres a reason why when we played a legit team like the spurs we lost because that free playing offense wont do it.

All bernie showed is that allot of our players have the ability to play well but they are too lazy to or just dont care.

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Posted January 12, 2013 - 06:12 AM

Well they all must hate D'Antoni even more so let Bernie take over! They need the W %
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