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1964-65 Los Angeles Lakers - Laker Insights

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Published on Mar 13, 2012

Lakers coach Fred Schaus narrates the season covering:

*The Lakers roster

*The Lakers competition

*League-wide stars and rookies

*Defensive strategies

*Offensive strategies

Fred Schaus has a painfully boring voice but as a coach, he offers insight to vintage professional NBA basketball from the eyes of somebody who understands the game well. The footage is great - many of these guys look very skilled no? Let me know what you guys think.


Stand-out things I noted:

*Jimmy King and Walt Hazzard - the two Lakers point guards look very skilled and solid even by modern standards and this was really interesting based on some of the criticisms that era's guards receive (even from me). They displayed an excellent variety of shots, moves, and had great ball handling.

*Not that this has anything to do why I think he looked solid but Jimmy King suddenly dunks in this footage and he's 6'2 and white

*Jerry West... That's gotta be the wettest jumper I've seen outside of Larry Bird and Ray Allen.

*Leroy Ellis - holy shit... not famous... not a star... how!? (I can only guess bc Wilt/Russell/Bellamy/Reed of the era)

*Bill Russell - with no regard for human life

*Lucious Jackson - with no regard for human life

*Richie Guerrin (and maybe Jack Twyman?) are the leagues last dinosaur two-hand set shot artists by this time... and c'mon... the shot (looks stupid) and can sometimes have long range accuracy but unless it was wide open that slow, unprotected release should be getting blocked. That's a relict shot of the 50's. Player defense honestly looks solid on all the other shooters, seriously, watch and see. Yet Jimmy King just stands there in front of Richie and lets him sink it. Maybe players just feel bad for the old-school veterans and let them have it, I've really got no better rationale as to why that ugly shot wasn't contested lol.

*Without a 3 point line the game is a lot less spread out. Not that that's a bad thing, the teams look like they are playing with a highly developed fast-break, mid-range, and high-post/low-post games. There just isn't that familiar "spread" that we see today. Their mid-range plays are something that we don't see in today's game and it's interesting to see them - hook shots and mid-range skills actually would still be very effective today but they aren't taught anymore.

*The bigs from this era look incredibly skilled, and incredibly numerous, not to mention very athletic and explosive... No? For a few short years there were regular examples of crazy HOF/star front courts looked like Pettit/Beaty, Thurmond/Chamberlain, Bellamy/Reed, Embry/Russell, Lucious/Chamberlain etc. Very common to have HOF'ers forced together with usually the younger star center conceding to PF. Think about that. Expansions quickly eliminated such density. The last time elite prime/young bigs were paired together like that would be examples like Parish/McHale or Olajuwon/Sampson - and they played in a much larger league with fewer examples of elite front-courts.

****Keep in mind as he mentions a few guys heights... such as the Lakers "6'7.5" Power Forward Rudy LaRusso. In case this sounds like a red flag that these guys are under sized... they aren't undersized (in weight) compared to anyone from any era up until the early 90's, and they aren't undersized in height compared to any era including this one... It only seems that way if you look at list heights of modern players - The reality is that a 6'7.5" Power Forward is only 1/4" shorter than Kevin Love measured for the Draft... and Love is listed 6'10. It's important to note things like this if you begin to make comparisons. Also, Wilt is not in this film. Other than that, enjoy!

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