The "SSOL" style offense does not seem to be quite understood on these boards. Quite frequently we see the same reiterated rhetoric over and over again as to what this system entails, however, it is rarely correct.
1)SSOL is against defense
SSOL has nothing to do with defense. Its an offensive philosophy. Defense is not dictated by an offensive gameplan.
Defense actually helps the system as it allows for more fastbreaks coming off turnovers or missed shots.
2) SSOL required lots of threes and jumpshots
SSOL has nothing to do with either. It has to to with open shots, whether they are threes, jumpshots from 15 ft away, layups, or dunks. Anything goes.
3) SSOL cannot win Championships
Once again, this is assuming that this team doesn't play defense. This is untrue as defense is not equated to an offensive gameplan.
Mike was EXTREMELY succesful for years with this in Phoenix. Why didn't they win championships?
Winning is hard. How many teams had amazing years and never won? The Pistons and Spurs were for years the best defensive teams in the league and they didn't go winning every year. They won a lot, and got a few ships' between them, but they were far from dominating year in and year out simply because of their philosophies. And their general success can be attributed to many things besides defense, mainly their multiple all star lineups, and great team chemistry.
So what is SSOL?
Simple. Seven seconds into the shot clock the best shot should have been taken.
Simple yet again. When a team is coming back to play defense, the first seven seconds of the shotclock are the ones where they are most vulnerable to transition. This means they cannot operate at the fullest of their defensive potential. By pushing and getting the best shot they can, the offensive team is getting a quality shot against a team that is not defending to its best. The defending team still has men coming back from offense, guys looking for their man, etc...
What about the mismatches?
Once again, running small lineups help this system. When you're quicker then your opponent, you're able to beat them down the floor, and by doing so, are able to get better shots either from men being out of position on defense or an actual number advantage, creating 5 on 4s or 4 on 3s as trailing players fail to get back.
And there you go. A quick insight to what the SSOL system really is.
Willing to explain any questions you may have, and I offer my perspective on any problem you may find either with my explanation or your own interpretation.
Stay positive and respectful. I will not respond to people who are being inconsiderate or disrespectful to anyone else.
I do not see the Knicks actually using this offense most of the time.