So im debating whether defense something that our guys can actually become real good at.
On one side, you can state that our players are who they are and can get marginally better at defense but thats it. So all this talk about hiring a defensive coach or specialist as an assistant wont really help. Case in point: Amare's been in the league for 8 yrs now and his defense/rebounding has not improved. Im sure he practices it, im sure he knows its a problem and a detriment to the team, so its not as if hes allergic and wants no part of it.
The counter to that is, they can get real good, all they need to do is put in the effort. Noah, Battier, Allen, all these players put in the effort, whether its on the court hustle, or film study, they put in the work to get better at defense. I've seen countless times where our guys dont fight for the looseball, or fight to get position for a rebound or simply play defense with their hands and not feet.
I've watched alot of ball and one of the best defensive showings i ever seen was the 4q of the last celtics game at the garden. Go back and look if you dont believe me, they had our guys going side to side, we couldnt penetrate past the 3point line. Even Clyde was screaming that we're trying to play ball 30 ft away from the rim. Now during that time, i saw all out effort from the celtics. From getting to a certain spot so our dribbler couldnt go by to switching and closing out, it was classic textbook. Now is that something they practice and genuinely are committed to it, or is it cuz they have Garnett, Rondo, and other guys who have been great defenders from day one.
I dont think we'll be the spurs from 5 years ago, but i would like to see more effort and hustle out of our guys so we close the gap between us and the elite teams.