Chris Paul explains origin of Rockets’ switch-heavy defense

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Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets guards Marvin Bagley III #35 of the Sacramento Kings (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Former Houston Rockets star guard Chris Paul explained the origin of the team’s infamous switch-heavy defensive gameplan.

It was like something we had never seen before. The type of madness that’s too confusing and too rapid to plan and prepare for. The Houston Rockets‘ switch-everything defensive scheme had the league buzzing and had everyone talking.

What were the Rockets doing? This is the question we’d often hear during game broadcasts, and especially on TNT’s Inside the NBA.  The Rockets’ defensive approach looked like kamikaze on the basketball court, and they had the personnel to thrive while utilizing that strategy, which was first implemented by defensive architect and former Houston Rockets assistant coach Jeff Bzdelik.

But Bzdelik and the Rockets’ coaching staff had a specific reason for turning to the unprecedented defensive strategy, as explained by former Rockets star Chris Paul. CP3 was on the Knuckleheads podcast with Darius Miles and Quentin Richardson and explained the origin of the defensive scheme.

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