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  • It'll be interesting to see how he comes along and how he is used on the way. rather than playing LBJ at the 4, if LBJ will trust williams to run the offense, that would allow LBJ to post up a SF down low - better yet run a two man game with lebron posting up and gibson sitting on the arc the way we did with price and daugherty. alternatively, have lebron set the pick on the pick and roll. lebron moving to the basket without the ball would probably force weakside help, with anything less than perfect rotation freeing up wally / gibson / pavlovic / west on the arc. people malign the pick and roll, but part of it was the players we had - the celtics ran a lot of pick and roll - often more than once per possession - and the lakers never did show that they could defend it i maintain that the pick and roll is like the ruy lopez opening in chess - not subtle or fancy, but when executed properly, and with the appropriate personnel, less than perfect defense against it leaves you with an advantage. i also submit that the pick and roll forces the entire defense to work as a unit while allowing your other teammates to rest on offense. - resting on defense is not an option, especially with our team defensive philosophy.

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  • I hate cold weather but love football and basketball given that mo williams runs the pick & roll quite effectively, i actually expect to see the cavs run it more than less. this is not necessarily a bad thing - i liken the pick and roll to the ruy lopez opening in chess - not particularly subtle, but any thing less than perfect defense usually leads to an advantage for the offense. case in point, the celtics usually ran the pick and roll - often more than once per possession by multiple players against the lakers - who never did figure out how to stop it. imagine lebron starting the pick and roll - and when the lane is packed, passing out to williams at the top of the key and then setting the * pick* on the pick and roll, visualize the mismatch when the smaller defender tries to cover lebron cutting to the basket. finally, if someone can either get pavlovic's dad in cleveland for the season or get sasha married off (windhorst has noted that sasha playes better when he has family in town - and papa pavlovic was a european star), have pavlovic run the pick and roll; my take is that he prefers to shoot the 3 off the dribble vs. spotting up. and we still have wally and gibson spotting up from the outside. the pick and roll forces the opponent to play good team defense while allowing offensive players to take a breather - especially on our team, any single player dogging it on defense leads to a team breakdown. so my take is that hopefully mo will run the pick and roll which will give lebron a breather on various offensive possessions.

    MVN

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