Triangle Offense: Learn from the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls



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I am proud to present the “Triangle Offense Playbook” to you. I have taken the best ideas of the triangle offense that was run in Chicago and Los Angeles and put them together.

Definition according to wikipedia on Triangle Offense :

“The Triangle Offense, also known as the Triple-Post offense, is an offensive strategy in basketball. Its basic ideas were initially established by Hall of Fame coach Sam Barry at the University of Southern California. His system was later refined by former Kansas State University head basketball coach and current Los Angeles Lakers consultant Tex Winter, who played for Barry in the late 1940s.

The system’s most important feature is the sideline triangle created between the center, who stands at the low post; the forward, at the wing, and the guard at the corner. The team’s other guard stands at the top of the key and the weak-side forward is on the weak-side high post — together forming the “two-man game”.

The goal of the offense is to fill those five spots, which creates good spacing between players and allows each one to pass to four teammates. Every pass and cut has a purpose and everything is dictated by the defense.”

It is an offense that can be run when you don’t have great post players.  The Chicago Bulls had Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, but not a great post player.  If you have post players like the Los Angeles Lakers do with Paul Gasol and Andrew Bynum then you could incorporate it.  Just watch the NBA Finals and see for yourself.

This playbook has 40 Different Actions, 35 Different Set Plays, and 25 Out of bound Plays consisting of blobs, slobs, or last second plays.  It has 100 different plays and is over 100 pages long.  If you want to add a wrinkle from the Triangle offense then here you go.  If you want to incoporate the whole thing.  You will have it also.

Here is a “Action” sample:

Here is a Set Play Sample:

Here is a Out of Bounds Sample:

I hope that you enjoy this playbook.

Coach Peterman


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