If you are angry at the defense this year, you aren't watching the games.
Way to comprehend reading though and accuse me of saying things I did not say. In fact, my own words were extremely critical of the job D'Antoni has done on the offensive end of the floor and as I will reiterate, again, there is no excuse for having no real scheme or plan with the offensive talent he has. There is no reason we should be playing so poorly offensively with the talent we have. Should we be an all-world-caliber offense? Without a PG probably not, but we have to be better than we are. With STAT and Melo we should be much more efficient than we are offensively.
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In what way am I defending him? You said, "In a way, you are." What way is that? By asking the criticisms lobbed in his direction to be fair? I don't equate being fair to somebody to defending them...
I dont see any big upgrade in the offense when BDiddy gets back. Its still the same philosophy. We'll live by the sword (3 point shot) and die by the same sword. We'll still have STAT and Chandler 15ft from the rim. We'll still shoot to many jump shots. We wont play a post up game. Its MDA's philosphy that's gonna kill this team. He doesnt have the shooters this year. He needs to adjust...
Toney Douglas could not make a pass worth **** in this offense - and this is an offense designed to make point guards look REALLY good. Hell, CHRIS DUHON looked good in this offense...Raymond Felton looked like an All-Star in this offense (and probably would've been if not for his Shumpert-like shot selection)...the fact that Toney Douglas cannot average 6 or more assists per game is a simple sign that this guy sucks at passing and will never be any good at it, ever.
Tommy Dee from The Knicks Blog wrote after last year's postseason loss that Chauncey Billups was doing a hell of a lot more coaching than Mike D'Antoni and was "making a lot more sense", as he wrote it.
Maybe that's why TD looked pretty awesome when Billups went down last year in the regular season and now looks like ass.
This coach's deficiencies are quite apparent.
The guy has finally gotten some good defensive players (Harrleson, Shumpert, Chandler); two of the greatest offensive scorers in the NBA; and people still make excuses.
- Horrible rotations (as they have been since he started)
- Worst Defensive schemes ever (switching on every play)
- inability to adapt to a team that doesn't fit his only idea of how to play basketball
We aren't the deepest team, for certain. But, the way we win and the way we lose are both horribly pathetic. Our team is better than what they are playing at.
D'Antoni is stifling their potential and slowing down any kind of progress. I have no misconception that we are not a championship team at the moment, but this is our team. We have some great pieces and MDA has NO IDEA what to do with them.
I said it last year and the year before. We will never win a championship with this coach. He has proven his ineptitude time and time again. He either needs to adapt to the players he has, or get the hell out of the way.
It wasn't until he got quite possibly the worst starting PGs in the NBA that he really started to look bad.
I know. Antoni sucks. He has two of the best players in the NBA, and he still finds a way to screw it up. This team should be 9-5, but Antoni refuses to play a halfcourt style offense. Anthony is an isolation player. Isolation players cannot play uptempo. They need time to create their own shot. And Stoudemire is being forced to shoot 18 foot jumpers. He should be playing down low for layups and dunks.
But if you are going to sit here and blame MDA for what is going on on the court offensively, you have to at least give him some credit for what goes on the court defensively, that's only fair.
This is ESPECIALLY true when I said last year I didn't think we had good enough defensive personnel to play good defense and you (and others) said the coach can MAKE a defense play well. Now that we have the players, it's the players and not the coach? So were you lying then or are you lying now? It's one or the other, either is acceptable, but at least admit your own hypocrisy here.
All I am asking is for consistency - the fact that this team's scoring is wildly inefficient with two of the best scorers in the league is not lost on me. But to blame MDA for what is not going wrong is shortsighted and unfair, that's all.
But, if you want to criticize the way this offense is run, I stand firmly behind that. Criticize all you want, just do it in a fair manner that accurately reflects the product we see. That's all.
Oh he gets credit for that deplorable defense last night, lol.
STAT and Chandler switching onto PGs, while our guards try to deny/not get baptized by bigs is equally as big a problem as the offense. Teams will exploit that in the playoffs, it's ridiculous.
Plus, its not only that detail by itself, but it's the fact that is wasn't working in the first, but it was still employed in the 4th. Was the coaching staff watching the same game the rest of us were? How about you?
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