Can someone explain something to me regarding this, and I don't ask in a sarcastic way.
If SSOL was such a bad system, why has every player that was playing it under D'antoni gone backwards since they left his team?
I'm not advocating it for this team, it's not the right fit, but it was for the Suns at that time and they just weren't good enough in the end to take out dynasty teams like the Lakers or the Spurs.
Was it the right fit for the early Knicks? I say yes despite the protestations and here is why. MDA was as clued up and aware as anyone in the Knicks front office that he was going to be losing most if not every player on his team, he knew it from the minute we started looking at LeBron and Ricky and he also knew that their way of playing would have suited it down to the ground. He was building a team to play with those players or similair in mind and he was trying to increase the numbers of his other players (and succeeding) to make them look better as trade bait.
If you'd have had Chris Duhon playing the point in a slower system and having to over emphasise on defence, dear god. I mean at least in the SSOL he was able at times to tease us and prospective buyers into thinking he could throw up some points/assists.
MDA was doing exactly what he's doing now, he was getting the best out of what he had. It's totally unfair to criticise him for any way he played with the scrubs we had and when we did get better players the style we played continued to suit them, they were a step up but it was always going to be the way that most would move on if not all, Gallo was maybe the one hard piece for him to let go.
The Nuggets certainly don't seem to waste much time getting the ball up in the air from when they transition defense into attack, and it's drawing praise from everywhere how their tempo is continuing to offset other teams game plans, add in the advantage they have in altitude and the increased bench depth and you have a better version of what MDA's system was all about.
The difference between us and the Nuggets though is simple, we have Carmelo, Billups and Amar'e and they don't, and no amount of bench talent is going to make up for that. It will keep them competitive and they may shock a few people but that's about it.
So, I ask you, was it always down to how poor SSOL was or simply down to the fact we didn't have and didn't get the right personnel to play it.
We've moved on and it's for the best, my point is though SSOL was never the problem in my eyes, the fact we didn't have players of the calibre of Melo, Amar'e and Billups but players able to fit the system was.