Adelman's Corner set offense found all over NBA

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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.

NBA Gameday: Thomas would like nothing more than to bury Kings

NBA Gameday: Thomas would like nothing more than to bury Kings

Barring another freak arena malfunction, the Sacramento Kings will return to the court Friday evening in Boston to take on Isaiah Thomas and his Celtic teammates. The Kings’ game against the Philadelphia 76ers was postponed on Wednesday due to a condensation issue on the playing surface that made the Verizon Center unsafe for play.

There is still no word as to when the Kings and 76ers will make up their missed contest. Sacramento will be back on the east coast in January, but their scheduled trip is already seven games long and there are very few days to sneak in a game.

Boston is coming off a 121-114 home loss to the Detroit on Wednesday night in which all five starters scored 19 points or more for the Pistons. The Celtics come in averaging 105 points per game, good enough for 12th place in the league and their defense yields 104.4, which ranks 16th overall in the NBA.

OPENING LINE

Celtics by 6.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Darren Collison vs. Isaiah Thomas -- Collison replaced Thomas as Sacramento’s starting point guard via free agency before the 2014-15 season. After a brief stop in Phoenix, Thomas has found a home in Boston and developed into an All-Star. The 5-foot-9 speedster is averaging a career-best 26.1 points and would love nothing more than to bury his former team. Collison has been solid since returning from suspension, but not nearly as consistent as he has been in the past. He’ll have his hands full on Friday night in Boston.

WHERE THEY STAND

Kings: 7-11, fourth place in Pacific

Celtics: 10-8, second place in Atlantic

INJURY REPORT

Kings: No injuries to report.

Celtics: No injuries to report.

SERIES HISTORY

The Celtics swept the season series between these two teams last season, including a 114-97 victory in Mexico City on Dec. 3. Boston holds a 180-117 all-time lead over the Kings and a 35-25 advantage during the Sacramento-era.

QUOTE

“That’s all this league is, what people think they know - 99 percent of the time, they don’t know. That’s my guy. I’m extremely happy for him. I’m happy for all of the success he’s gotten so far.” -DeMarcus Cousins on his relationship with Isaiah Thomas

Kings' Cousins bombarded with hypothetical questions in Boston

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Kings' Cousins bombarded with hypothetical questions in Boston

Welcome to Boston, DeMarcus Cousins, now we’re going to need you to step into the media interrogation room.

On Monday afternoon, all the focus was on the potential for Cousins to join forces with former college teammate John Wall. On Thursday, Cousins was grilled again, this time about donning Celtics green alongside former Kings teammate Isaiah Thomas.

The Boston media has been chasing the ‘Cousins to Beantown’ story for the last two or three seasons, only to come up empty. Following practice on Thursday afternoon, a group of reporters tried to shake the tree one more time in hopes that the 26-year-old big would slip up and give them goods.

“No, I’m a King,” Cousins told media members when asked whether the persistent rumors bother him.

Dressed in a black hoody, Cousins looked uncomfortable as he was hit with one question after another about his future in Sacramento.

“Most of the rumors come from people that want me on their team,” Cousins said. “So, I’m not really bothered by that.”

When told by a reporter that it was a good thing to be wanted, Cousins calmly said, “I do appreciate that, I said I’m a King, I’m good.”

The conversation eventually shifted to Cousins' relation with Thomas, who currently starts at point guard for Boston. There has been much written about the relationship between the two from their time together in Sacramento.

“That’s all this league is, what people think they know - 99 percent of the time, they don’t know,” Cousins said. “That’s my guy. I’m extremely happy for him. I’m happy for all of the success he’s gotten so far.”

Cousins is locked up with the Kings this season and through the 2017-18 campaign as well. He’s eligible for a monster extension this coming summer if he chooses to stay in Sacramento.

“No, I have a season and whole nother season - no,” Cousins when asked if he’s thought about his future. “I’m focused on these guys right here. I’m focused on winning games. I’m focused on making the playoffs. That’s it.”

Sacramento currently stands at 7-11 on the season. If they continue to struggle, the noise surrounding Cousins’ future with the team is only going to get louder as the team approaches the Feb 23 trade deadline.

After playing the Celtics on Friday night, the Kings travel to New York, where the Knicks massive media contingency will likely have a plenty more questions for Cousins about his future.