This is amazing...
Posters arguing about high & low % shots:
As if we haven't had front row seats to the chuck fest in prior games. Keeping it simple (for all my non-ball players), do you recall games when we shot 30+ 3's? Do you recall how up and down we were; how even when we made them at high %'s we lost...recall? It was not an anomaly. We know this because a) it has happened frequently in the past b) it continued although we were struggling.
That was coaching!
Players right under our noses:
Please recall Anthony Randolph, Marbury, and Mozgov (to name a few). What do they have in common? They all had talent, all had what we lacked, all over-looked. Recall Mozgov in particular. Remember why he got extended minutes. Remember what our defensive ratings were, rebound rankings, and the toll it took on players like Stat forced to play out-of-position.
Mozgov like Lin are PROOF that Mike sold you guys a bill of goods, yet had no clue. If he did, those instances wouldn't be. This is furthered by the fact that Mike overlooked many quality draft picks. Hard to be an offensive genius when you are a novice talent evaluator.
The statistics say, since Lin we have increased our scoring, increased our scoring in the paint (high %), gotten Tyson involved more and shot way less threes.
Because of the FACTS listed above (high vs low % shots, inaccurate talent evaluation) there is too much evidence that leads to the conclusion that coach is not what he seems.
We had trouble playing fundamentally sound; poor passing, poor defense, unable to exploit our strengths. Forcing and making poor decisions like Toney Douglas' minutes, 40+ three pointer, neglecting minutes for viable big man options in Jerome Jordan in favor of small line-ups...
Until a player came/played that superseded this. Like Chauncey Billups, Lin knows ball, knows how to play inside out. It was because of him and him alone that we are finally winning by playing fundamentally sound. Drive and kick, reduce the threes, draw fouls.
ANYONE WHO CANNOT ADMIT THIS, WHO TRIES TO GIVE THIS CREDIT TO COACH ARE EITHER:
1. Clueless and really have not watched the games or
2. In denile
That being said, I am still willing to give coach some credit. But I know the deal. Its evident and obvious. If coach were who some make him out to be, we wouldn't be here having this discussion.
The lucky, fortunate ascention of Jeremry Lin is what we can attribute this rise toward. His fundamentally sound style has superseded coach's philosophical approach. To think any different is Linsane.
Sabermetrics can't tell me what my eyes and years of observation can. We are winning inspite of D'Antoni, not because of.