And just to reiterate myself and the obvious.....If you honestly believe a 29year, NBA pro and all-star never was told (or simply knew, the same way we know the sky is blue by the time we're 10, yet don't need to, nor necessarily can recall some moment where some specific individual "taught" us this),
"hey, Amare...wanna box out, son?"
"yo STAT, you see that ball that the opponent is about to shoot, wanna watch that basketball go the rim and then make a play for it?"
"Amare, the doctor just gave us the starting news that you are nearly 7ft tall and weight 250lbs, you are medically cleared to be able to use your force to try and stop someone from blowing by you"
Then we must agree to disagree.
If you do not, then the major issues with STAT the player, and the resultant issues with the NYK team, will not be resolved by any coaching change. (not to mention we hired a bonefied defensive coach this season, anyways).
In fact, a supposed defensive coach with a greater reliance on defensive scheme would, if anything, likely cause Amare more grief and trouble.
Not unlike Larry Brown, hall of fame defensive coach and guru, who had beyond abysmal results coaching a refined, complete defensive game onto players who were simply resistant by way of their own emotional and mental makeup (not their skills and ability).
To a lesser degree, all of the above applies to Melo.
Finally, like Kblack's excellent Grantland crosspost illustrated, one reason we play/played smallball with STAT at C is to turn a weakness into a strength -- that is, his offensive reliance on space and movement.
I guess that he doesn't have superior offensive moves that don't rely on that, is also a fault of MDA. Like I guess Lebron's lack of quality post-moves till recently was because somebody never held his hand and told him what to do.