In 1989 Doug Collins shifted Michael Jordan to the PG position and it appeared to work. He started racking up triple doubles consistently, 10 in 11 games in fact, and that one missed game was a 40/11/7 performance. Stellar really. Pippen and his other teammates were scoring more and more involved in the offense as a result and all cylinders seemed to be clicking. However in late April teams adjusted to this new scheme and the Bulls went 4-8 and were eliminated by the Pistons in the playoffs.
More about this run can be found here.
While reading that article and recalling my knowledge of that season, the parallels to this new Lakers-style everyone is appraising seemed eerily similar. So obviously I began to worry that teams might adjust to "Kobe-Johnson" and the Lakers will be back to square one.
Of course my knowledge of the Bulls 1989 season isn't as thorough as some of the other members on here, so I wanted to hear everyone's thoughts. However, I personally feel as though this scenario is different for a couple of reasons. Here we have Kobe creating out of the post for the most part and running some deeper PnRs. Jordan didn't have as established of a post game in '89, and as a result it was easier to stop creation from the perimeter versus on the block. Also, Kobe has the advantage of having another facilitator off the ball in Steve Nash, as well as a good passer in Gasol and a low post threat in Howard. If teams collapse on Kobe he can make them pay with some good ball movement. These sets bring back some memories of the triangle actually, which the Bulls were not running that season.
Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how the better teams adjust to the Lakers new offense, especially on the road trip coming up. I feel as though the Lakers have a "pick your poison" type thing going for them, just based on what I saw in the OKC game, but their future success remains to be seen.
Edited by bfc1125roy, January 28, 2013 - 11:19 AM.