When the Kings brought Pete Carril back into the fold, a persistent minority wondered why it was a big deal. Take it away, Melody Gutierrez:
Natt called upon Kings consultant Pete Carril to simplify and slow down the offense, giving players two days of practice before unleashing the revised system in a 111-107 loss to the Utah Jazz on Friday. ...
Many Kings praised the pared-down play, with swingman Francisco García saying it reminds him of what the team ran when he first arrived in Sacramento.
"I like it," said García, who came off the bench as part of the Kings' eight-man rotation Friday. "I think we turn the ball over less and we have more assists. All of this is (Carril's doing)."
SLOW = SAFE isn't a league-wide rule; it depends on the team. There are slow teams with lots of turnovers, and fast teams with few turnovers. And to be honest, this team will make plenty of mistakes in the half-court, in the open court, on the moon, under the sea.
But if Carril's designing it for these players, I'm on board. It's worth noting that limited total possessions in a game tends to favor the underdog -- just like a playoff series, the "longer" a game is, the more likely that regression to the mean will allow the better team to win. Slowing things down limits total possessions gives the Kings a better chance against every other team in the league.
(And yes, I know this doesn't mean the Kings offense will now be the best in the league. I'm aware of the team's limitatons.)