Lute Olson Style Basketball Creams Cavilers

In his prime Lute Olson, head coach of the Arizona Wild Cats basketball team some years ago and leader of the 1997 national championship team, featured a hard-nosed defensive amidst a fast break offense. His star pupil during his rein at Arizona was Steve Kerr, the current head coach of the Golden State Warriors.

Lute must have been grinning from ear to ear watching the Warrior devastating win over the Cavs yesterday. Kerr’s suffocating defense that lead to fast breaks was something that never existed back when pro basketball was all about offense, because, then, owners though that fans weren’t interest in seeing good defense.

But with the popularity of March Madness, where the better college teams must employee great defense along with awesome offense, that attitude in pro basketball has gone bye bye.

So now Golden State is showing what happens when the best of Olson’s Arizona style basketball is translated to the pro game — lights out.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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