"The [Lakers] still have big people and I think you have to take advantage of the big people," said Rambis in a phone interview with The Times on Thursday. "You can't ignore them because they are an asset to your offense."
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"In order to run, you need a push guard. That's Steve Nash," said Rambis. "It remains to be seen whether he's coming back from his injuries, and continues to [push] at an elite fast-break pace."
In Phoenix, Nash was surrounded by athletes and shooters. The Lakers are moving in that direction but aren't quite there.
"You need guys that can really get out and fill the wings because that pushes the defense down," said Rambis. "That's not necessarily the way that you would look at this team and describe them. You might say that with
D'Antoni had hoped to play at a faster pace but adjusted his system midway through the season to better match the Lakers' personnel.
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"It's difficult for them to run at a real fast pace," said Rambis. "That doesn't mean you can't push the ball and add some thrust into your offense and play offense before the defense is set. That makes it a lot easier."
The Lakers will probably play a little quicker than they did last season, but based on the roster, D'Antoni is probably going to have to find some middle ground again.