1. The defensive transformation has to be partially credited to him and Chandler (or the acquisition of)
2. He stressed missing elements including: accountability and defense
3. The players who mattered responded
4. He isn't afraid to teach during game situations
5. He expects STAT & Melo to get better and be used primarily on offense
6. He has playoff experience
7. He's humble and has something more to prove
8. Our previous coach got three years plus (I think )
9. Signing him now helps prioritize off-season moves
10. Our performance since he's been here.
BONUS: Our team defense was better, and we had the DPOY in Chandler. Although we struggled with questions, he got us back on track with a 18 & 6 record and into the playoffs as the 7th seed. Our record and team stats rivaled the best during that stretch, and that was with a patchwork roster toward the end of a truncated season.
When we were down THREE starters (BD happening during the win) he managed to NOT use excuses and pull out a WIN.
BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY. IF THIS MAN HAS NOT EARNED/PROVED/SUBSTANTIATED his contract extension, after accomplishing a playoff win after a 10 year drought and a record playoff losing streak...
given all the mitigating factors...
it will be akin to Bush getting nominated on a recount and dimple issue in Florida. Just egregious blasphemy.
*the author of this list wants to thank Mike D'Antoni for giving us such a sample as to assist in illustrating so plainly what missing elements such as defense, fundamentals, accountability, game-planning, and motivation should look like.