Michael Jordan vs. Knick's Defense - An Analysis





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Uploaded on Feb 20, 2009


The Knicks used the Jordan Rules to contain Michael Jordan. In this video you will see quasi-zones (sometimes full out zones). The Knicks got away with this, and so did most teams. That is one of the reasons the NBA got rid of illegal defense guidelines according to Stu Jackson.

The 2008 Celtics used man to man defense with great help rotation in the finals. Some people thought it may have been zone. To them, all I can say is that many analysts thought the Knicks used zone until they went over the tapes and realized it was just perfect rotation.

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So, basically the Knicks would double off of every pick and clog the lane, trying to get the ball out of Jordan's hands. They would iso him on the perimeter and hope whoever was defending him, could do a decent enough job at stopping his penetration. If Jordan passed the first line of defense, then the Knicks would collapse and protect the paint. That is why Jordan took so many jump shots against them, yet he still shot over 50%. The Knicks tried everything to stop Jordan. If they isolated him, he would score with ease. If they doubled him, he would find the open man, or score with less ease. If they put a bigger man on him, he would get to the basket. If they put a shorter man on him he would shoot over him. The Knicks liked using Starks on Jordan because Starks was the best at staying in front of him. They liked using Wilkins on Jordan because he was tall (to contest shots), strong (to handle Jordan in the post and check him on the perimeter) and quick (could keep his feet in front of Jordan).

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