Sorry, I guess I didn't make my point super clear. The triangle offense makes bank, essentially, by creating space for jump shooters on the weakside and exploiting the time differential between a person moving, and the ball moving i.e. a pass is quicker than a close out. The 'Triangle' is just a reference the to the shape of the passing lines created by movement. Pre 2001, the triangle was nigh unstoppable because of the zone laws. Space could be created just by overloading one side and then passing through it. Combined with the personnel he had, Jackson had a brilliant system. Post introduction of the new zone rulings (allowing them), the weakside could no longer be exploited as easily in a lot of cases. The system was modified by Jackson (to great effect) then. But lest we forget that the Lakers were hardley bereft of talent during this time. But regardless, it relies heavily on athleticism and good shooters to work. Interestingly, it doesn't require a PG to run smoothly, but all players must be crisp passers. The problem for the Lakers is two fold. Firstly, they don't have the requisite athleticism outside of Dwight (who is clearly waning) and Kobe. Pau/MWP are not super fast off the ball and neither has a great jumpshot. Secondly, outside of Nash and Kobe, they don't have great mid/long range jumpshooters. This essentially kills the system. D'Antoni has failed here aswell by playing Pau out of position. D'Antoni was brought in because of Nash. The Lakers acquired a ball dominant PG who thrives on PnR situations. D'Antoni lives and dies by PnR offense. It was the logical choice given that acquisition. If you get Jackson, Kobe thrives along with Jamison and maybe Howard, but Pau suffers and Nash serves no purpose. If you get D'Antoni, the idea is that you end up running PnR with Howard, with Pau on the opposite block doing his thing (in my mind). The problem is that Dwight has lost his step, so the ball is getting held up 20ft from the hoop. So Pau got moved out 5 feet to try and keep the defense honest (and out of the paint). Unfortunately, his jumpshooting isn't that great, he is a post player. So they have lost Pau's passing and ability to draw double teams on the post, and are not able to exploit Nash's sweet basketball IQ. Kobe ends up taking to many shots and getting lazy on the defensive end.