Ross Siler · @rosssiler

14th Dec 2011 from Twitlonger

Big fan of Ty Corbin's change in defensive philosophy for the Jazz. It's not so much forcing baseline as it is forcing away from the paint. Sloan insisted on forcing to the middle because he believed it was easier for other players to step up and provide defensive help.

I can understand the thinking, but it was counterintuitive to how everyone learns to play defense growing up. You force right-handed players to the left, left-handed players to the right, and you don't let anyone drive the middle of the lane. Sloan's defensive system encouraged giving up drives down the lane.

The Jazz might not be better than an average defensive team, but I think it's preferable to be reacting and not thinking about everything on the defensive end, especially for such a young team.

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