Adelman's Corner set offense found all over NBA

943355.jpg

Adelman's Corner set offense found all over NBA

He lost out on the Lakers job, yet his fingerprints can be found on nearly every team in the NBA this season including those self-same Lakers.
Phil Jackson? No. Rick Adelman.
The most common set being used by teams this season goes by a variety of names Corner, Push, Wide, Motion, Sacramento but theres one man credited for popularizing it: Adelman, who was passed over for the Lakers job two years ago in favor of Mike Brown, who was recently fired five games into this season and after 83 total games at the Lakers helm.
Adelman was subsequently hired by the Minnesota Timberwolves, which has a winning record in spite of an absolute avalanche of injuries. Thats an Adelman specialty taking whatever group of players hes given and making them instantly competitive. In 21 seasons with five different teams, hes made the playoffs 21 times.
One reason is his Corner set offense. The rest of the league has taken notice, which is why more than two-thirds of the leagues 30 teams run some version of it. Even Mike DAntoni, hired by the Lakers to replace Brown, uses it when forced into a half-court offense.
Just about everybody runs it, said Denver Nuggets assistant coach Melvin Hunt. You almost have to, just so your guys know how to defend it.
Most teams call it Sacramento, because thats where Adelman used it to such noticeable success, leading the Kings to the playoffs every one of his eight seasons with them, including a run to the Western Conference finals in 2002. It has been making its way into opposing playbooks ever since. The San Antonio Spurs have long had a version of it. The Mavericks used it to great success to win the 2011 NBA title, as did the Miami Heat to win the 2012 championship.Ricks impact has been phenomenal, said one NBA scout. The (WNBAs) Minnesota Lynx are even running it.
The system is ideal for teams with good jump-shooting guards and big men with passing skills. The basic premise is for the point guard to get the ball to a big man at the free-throw line elbow and then curl to the nearest corner. The second guard then sets a down screen for the point guard. The two guards then cut, or split, away from each other and the big man looks for the one who is open. If neither one is, the ball swings to the other side of the floor, most often for a pick-and-roll action.
The Kings are back to using it and the Golden State Warriors are expected to run it as much as anybody with David Lee and Andrew Bogut passing from the high post and Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes picking for each other.
Its kind of sexy now because most of the bigs in the league are not post-up bigs, Hunt said. It facilitates movement and balances the floor. It has a ton of stuff you can do out of it.
Its also a perfect balance of structure and freedom. There are basic rules, but the players are free to operate within them as they see fit.Its a flow offense that allows the modern player to do what he does best read and react, the scout said. Theres never been a guy who hasnt liked playing for Rick Adelman. Even Tracy McGrady, who was a pain in the balls, liked playing in this system.
The Lakers said at the time that they chose Brown over Adelman because his interview was so much better, but one other reason could have been Lakers executive Jim Buss committed desire to move away from the Triangle offense. The Corner system bears some resemblance.Hopefully someone catches Buss expression when the Lakers fastbreak is stymied and he suddenly sees those purple and gold uniforms spaced on the floor in a very familiar pattern.

Calipari sees Labissiere's progress during rookie season: 'I give Sac credit'

Calipari sees Labissiere's progress during rookie season: 'I give Sac credit'

Nothing has come easy for Skal Labissiere. He survived the earthquakes in Haiti. He moved to the United States speaking only only French and Haitian Creole as a young teenager. And his lone season at Kentucky he went from a top five prospect to a player that nearly fell out of the first round.

The knock on Labissiere coming out of Kentucky was that he didn’t like contact. Maybe it went farther than that, but there was no question that when he left for the NBA, he didn’t exactly walk away on the best of terms with head coach John Calipari.

When the Kings took on the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center in the final week of the regular season, Calipari sat in the stands watching a small group of his former players. During the telecast, NBC Sports California’s Kayte Christensen caught up with the legendary coach and he couldn’t stop gushing about his Wildcats alums, specifically the play of Labissiere.

“I look at Skal and the progress - I give Sac credit,” Calipari told Christensen. “These guys are working with him. He’s playing more confident. They’re putting him in positions he can have success. I didn’t do as good a job as they did.”

Labissiere went off for 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting against Los Angeles. He added three rebounds and two blocks, but the Kings stumbled down the stretch, allowing the Lakers to come away with the 98-94 victory.

In his freshman season at Kentucky, Labissiere scored more than 19 points just once, a 26 point outburst in his second game of the year against NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology). His highwater mark in his rookie season for the Kings was a 32-point, 11-rebound performance against the Phoenix Suns on March 15.

“He’s getting stronger, he’s growing, you can see him maturing physically, which was a big part of it,” Calipari said. “He had a good season with us, but, I used him wrong. Now I see him now, it’s amazing he’ll speak for me after I’m watching him play like this.”

The 21-year-old power forward has a smile that lights up a room. He even uses it as a defense mechanism when things get uncomfortable. Speaking about his time in Kentucky seems uncomfortable for the 6-foot-11 forward.

“Coach Cal, he does a really good job of getting guys ready for the next level,” Labissiere told NBC Sports California. “I appreciate him.”

Labissiere is looking ahead, not backwards. He is a an incredible talent and he is thankful for the job that Dave Joerger and his staff have done with him during his first season in the NBA.

“Coach Joerger, every since I was drafted here, he’s always believed in me,” Labissiere said. “He’s always putting me in the right positions, making me work on different things that normally I didn’t do in college. He’s making me do different things and believing in me. I love playing for him.”

Kentucky has produced some of the best big men in the game, including DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns. It’s a hotbed for talent, but specifically for centers and power forwards that take their game to the next level in the pros.

Labissiere would love to be included in that list, but he isn’t trying to be someone he’s not. His focus is on improving and helping his team win games.

“I don’t know, I’m just working for myself, doing what I’m supposed to do,” Labissiere said. “If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. I’m just going to keep doing my thing.”

The Kings have big plans for Labissiere and the rest of their young core this summer. Labissiere will likely join the team’s three other 2016 first round picks in Las Vegas for Summer League in July. Another two or three rookies from the 2017 NBA Draft will likely join them as Sacramento attempts to build some early chemistry amongst.

Following Summer League, Labissiere is scheduled to travel to Haiti where he will hold a basketball camp in his home country. It’s the first time he’s been back to Haiti since moving to the US following the earthquake in 2010.

Labissiere wasn’t the only Kentucky product on display for Sacramento against the Lakers. Willie Cauley-Stein spent three seasons under Calipari before going sixth overall in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Cauley-Stein put up solid numbers in front of his former coach, finishing the game against the Lakers with 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in just 23 minutes of action.

“Willie is doing what he does,” Calipari said. “He’s flying up and down that floor, he’s blocking shots. He seems to have some freedoms to do some of the stuff he does well.”

Cauley-Stein is a completely different player two season removed from his time at Kentucky. He finished strong down the stretch for Sacramento, showing a newfound confidence in his scoring ability.

“It’s a great feeling, I don’t think he’s watched me play like that since I left,” Cauley-Stein said. “It was cool to get a chance to see him and show him things I’ve worked on and I’ve gotten better. It was really satisfying, [him] telling me I got better, so I know I’m [going] in the right direction.”

It’s clear that Labissiere and Cauley-Stein had a very different experience at Kentucky. The end result might work out just fine for the Sacramento Kings. The duo played alongside one another for plenty of games down the stretch as the team’s starting frontcourt. It’s a look Kings fans might get used to seeing going forward.

 

Source: Kings hire Perry as Executive VP of Basketball Operations

Source: Kings hire Perry as Executive VP of Basketball Operations

SACRAMENTO -- The changes keep coming in Sacramento. NBC Sports California has confirmed that the Kings have hired former Orlando Magic executive, Scott Perry, to fill the role of Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations.

Perry will report directly to Vlade Divac, who will retain final say in player personnel decisions.

Perry spent the last five seasons in Orlando as Vice President of Basketball Operations and Assistant General Manager. He was let go from the Magic last week following the dismissal of General Manager Rob Hennigan.

Perry, 53, began his career as an executive with the Detroit Pistons where he held the position of Director of Player Personnel from 2000-2007. He briefly left the Pistons, joining the Seattle Supersonics organization as an Assistant General Manager of the team for the 2007-08 season, before spending another four years as Detroit’s Vice President of Basketball Operations from 2008-2012.

Highly regarded around the league, Perry adds another experienced basketball mind to the Kings front office.

During his postseason media availability last week, Vlade Divac spoke openly about his willingness to accept additional help.

“We’re open always to improve - the team, the front office, everything is open for improvement,” Divac said. “I’m very happy and confident in what we have right now, but like I said, we should be open if something can you better.”

With the addition of Luke Bornn on Wednesday to head up the team’s analytics department, and Perry on Friday, the Kings appear to be building a stronger infrastructure as they move into a full youth movement.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical was first with the information.