Nov 26, 2009
Its alot like the 8 second offense in affect in Phoenix. The P.O (as I will refer to it) consists of various cuts and quick screens with a minimum of 5 passes before a shot is taken. The offense is designed for a college style team with strong guard play and upper level three-point shooting. Its very fast paced and causes miss matches and isolations. The P.O. is meant to confuse offenses and create a high scoring team.
Now the P.O. does have a little bit of a downfall, which is what I am going to call the Princeton Offense Syndrome or P.O.S. The P.O.S. happens because when the offense is give to a team that dosent have strong guard play and anything other then top notch outside shooting it lacks the effenctiveness needed to make it successful, and this is where the Sixers come into play.
The team is suffereing from alot of P.O.S. This is a team that was supposed to be rebuilding for the future with strong low post play and stronger forwards that can bump and pressure along the boards to compete with the rest of the Eastern Conference. The team has come out sluggish and seems confused because with a 24 second shot clock they cant necesarilly get off the 5 passes needed to make the offense happen.
In the off season the team picked up Jason Kapono, who in his career has been a very prolifant outside shooter. That is a good step forward for the team but they are still 4 players short of whats needed to make this thing work.
The next problem they are suffering from is that the team has two terriblly slow inside players (Samuel Dalember & Elton Brand). These guys have P.O.S. written all over them. They cant seem to get the cuts and passes down and both work better (If at all) when the offense slows down and they have time to think (trust me this takes a bit).
Basically the Sixers problem is this... Eddie Jordan isnt the best coach in the world and when he came to Philly he brought a system that dosent fit the team he was given. Not to mention but he dosent have the money to make it work seeing as the Sixers owe WAY WAY too much money to certain players (P.O.S. afflicted Elton Brand and Samuel Dalembert).
If the Sixers have any chance of salvaging their season they need to get rid of the P.O.S and get back to an offense that works for them. You know the kind of offense that WINS GAMES.....
Be patient fans this is not the tip of the sword its just a small prick in the bleeding that will be the 2009-10 Philadelphia 76ers.
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