On Tuesday, we took a look at Lakers coach Mike Brown’s three primary defensive principles: shrink the floor; don’t give up middle drives; and get multiple efforts to finish with a shot contest.
Here’s what Brown lives by on the other side of the floor:
BROWN’S 3 OFFENSIVE STAPLES:
1) Attack the clock.
Brown: “Let’s get that ball from the back court to the front court within the first three and four seconds. Why? We don’t want to get to our second our third option and see that the shot clock is winding down to two seconds or something like that. We want to get the ball up the floor, and if we can run for a layup, you’ll never see me stop that. My last two years in Cleveland, we were a top 10 and top 5 offensive team in the NBA. We averaged over 100 points a game both those years.”
2) Ball reversal with paint touches.
Brown: “We want to drive and kick, we want to go inside out. We want to put that pressure on our opponent’s defense of letting them know that the ball is going to be down there, because we have guys that can drive it and guys that can post up.”
Brown: “You have to have the right spacing in order for guys to be able to operate and go to work.”
Of course, it’s not quite this simple for Brown. These principles are what he “lives and dies by,” he said, but there are other aspects to the game that he and his coaching staff — such as certain elements of the triangle offense — will incorporate into the team’s larger plan.
We’ll be bugging Brown throughout the summer on Lakers.com for some of those details.