Smart man.

Orlando Sentinel: After getting away for a few days to “decompress,” Orlando Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy will return to drawing up X’s and O’s. And some of his new plays will involve incorporating things the Los Angeles Lakers used to beat the Magic in the NBA Finals.

“I want to watch and try to steal ideas. I always have different projects in the summer. I watch how certain people do things. I like what L.A. does with the triangle offense, watch what San Antonio does,” he said. “One of the things we want to do this summer is work on our post-up offense, how to cut and move and what we can do when the ball gets thrown into Dwight [Howard].”

  • ninjabastard

    Sincerest form of flattery is imitation.

  • Lakers 24 7

    Can’t stop the triangle son. And you can’t teach it to perfection in just one summer off-season.

  • 242LakerFan

    I wish them luck. Maybe they can stretch us to 6 next year.

  • ClipperRon

    thats like me wishing that our coach could coach never going to happend!!!!!

  • Dave

    Its very true about the triangle being difficult to learn and master. In fact, if Van Gundy expects results ANYTIME soon, he is in for a big disappointment. For that reason, I encourage him to try it! Since it takes a long time to master, you very well may get worse before you get better.

    In fact, in the first season Phil Jackson used the Triangle with Jordan and the Bulls, they failed and lost to Detroit in the finals. It wasn’t until the following year (after almost 2 years practice that they beat the Pistons, winning 4-0.

  • ALthelakerfanyoushouldmeet

    I don’t really know why people think the Triangle offense is all that difficult because it isn’t. It’s really takes some players awhile to learn the “key” nuiances The Lakers expect there players to recognize in certain situations but the principle is very simple. Man Movement, Ball movement, Set Screens…Ya know those funny lines on the basketball court that 50% of basketball fans don’t know about they correspond within the Triangle Offense. So I may have to stand a bit corrected for the moment and say if Stan VanGundy would take an approach to Triangle the same way PJ and his staff does than yeah thats going to be different but if he is just going to watch the Finals again well hey thats very doable.

  • Dave

    The Triangle history : not quick and easy, from Wikipedia

    When Jackson became the head coach of the Chicago Bulls before the start of the 1989-1990 NBA season, he and Winter originally installed the triangle offense in an attempt to subvert the Jordan Rules strategy employed by their Eastern Conference rivals, the Detroit Pistons. The “Jordan Rules” was a defensive strategy which consisted of solely targeting Michael Jordan. Jordan had already established himself as an elite NBA superstar by single-handedly turning Chicago into a playoff contender. However, by sharing responsibility rather than shouldering it, he continued to blossom as a great all-around basketball player. More importantly, the Bulls also improved dramatically as a team, finishing with a 55-27 record. The Bulls fell to the Pistons in 7 games in the 1990 Eastern Conference Finals. Fortunately, the triangle offense paid huge dividends the following season (along with a sharper focus on teamwork). Chicago finished the 1990-1991 NBA season with a then-franchise best 61-21 record, good for first place in the East, then swept the archrival Pistons 4-0 in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals. The Bulls then defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals, 4 games to 1. Michael Jordan won his second NBA Most Valuable Player Award that season and finally won his first championship. The Bulls would go on to become one of the NBA’s greatest dynasties, winning 6 NBA championships during the 1990s, and Jordan went on to be one of the league’s greatest players.

  • jchap

    Orlando will have a tough time getting back to the NBA Finals for the next 2-3 years regarless of what offense they run. And if they do get back in 3 years, Andrew Bynum will be at full strength and they’d probably get swept. That being said, maybe if they ran the triangle they’d help Boston and Cleveland prepare for the Lakers year after year.

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