This is why I dont understand guys saying we needed someone down low. We've had plenty of players that could fill that role defensively. MDA chooses not to use them. He prefers offense. Outside of Dwight Howard I dont see anyone that fits his system. Dwight doesnt fit but he'd be forced to play him, same way he was forced to play Shaq.
We need a new coach...
^defense is defense man. Yes, there is a difference between 1 on 1 defense and "team" defense, but if you have a team made up of bad 1v1 defenders, they are not going to be a good defensive team, i don't care if you got bob knight or whatever other names you want to throw out there.
Would they would be better defensively then MDA? probably
would they be worse offensively? probably
Would we win more games? i don't think so.
would we win a championship with the roster we currently have? probably not.
so what is the point? MDA can get us to top 4 in the east, probably even top 4 in the league, he's done it before with less talent. I don't know if he'll take us to a chip, but top 4 in the league isn't a bad start. i think we're a 4th seed next year, with room to go to the ECF's and maybe even the Finals. If he can't get it done between this year and next then yeah, i guess we'll have to blow up the team again and do something else.
There is a vid on Boston's defense is Thibs defense. Its a very dirty but great defense in never clean:
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That is team defense. Look at Pierce playing defense. This is not MDA coaching. A defensive guru will help ours.
A dedication to team defense will help and an individual player understand his own defense and take pride in his as well.
This is simple human psychology: If the see that dedication to defense brings great results the team will buy into it. But you need a coach to ride them so hard that its annoying.
The Bulls get annoyed with Thibideau everyday because he rides his players with relentless intensity. MDA does not do that. Defensive head or asst. coach will do that for us must be that kind of coach.
ONLY GREATNESS EQUALS GREATNESS
And to P0nder, you can have a team of avg-bad one-one defenders, but if you have a coach that stresses communication on the floor & having defensive sets in certain situations that'll help huge. Playing D is about effort & communication. If the coach isn't stressing either, you're going to have terrible defensive team. Some of the best defensive teams in the NBA are constantly communicating, calling out picks in whatever direction they're being set. Trapping players & using the out of bounds line as the 3rd man to cause a turnover. Those are the little things that a more defensive minded coach can bring to the table. Or using Latrell Sprewell as an example. He drove hard to the right alot & usually finished hard to his right. You force him left & he's more than likely going to pick up his dribble & turn the ball over. His left handed dribble wasn't nearly as strong as his right. That's the kind of thing DA would overlook because he's so focused on outscring another team.
KG doesn't matter. The rest of the team became dedicated and as a result became a sound cohesive defensive unit. When KG is hurt they still play great defense, so what's your point?
The coach made defense an important part of their identity.
Originally Posted by Knicksin60
ONLY GREATNESS EQUALS GREATNESS
He says Jordan had the luxury of playing isolation basketball against weak defenders and non-complex defenses and complains about the "rough" play employed by Posey, et. al. on KB24. I guess the names Mahorn, Rodman, Laimbeer, Starks, Mason, and Oakley don't mean sh*t to this guy.
Anyway--yeah defense is just more difficult to teach than offense simply because the reason people take up hoops is to shoot the ball. You need someone constantly teaching it and, most importantly, someone (coach or player) not only to hold the team accountable but to make them take pride in playing hard, quality D.
It ain't Xs and Os, it all boils down to a simple want to shut the opponent down.