I of all people see and argued about the clear holes and dificiencies of Mike D'Antoni.
But yo, after a total of Four games, this list that I will present has obvious answers. Tell me if you agree.
1. We are STILL getting out rebounded.
MOA's offense leaves guy's surrounded on the perimeter, in poor position to box out and rebound. He likes to keep the paint clear, ergo no one is home. Doesn't matter if Wilt the Stilt was on the team. Easy.
2. Our defense looks lost.
(Yes I've posted this already) We do have new bodies, injured bodies, and a stable full of shooters who aren't adept at defensive fundamentals.
We have a new scheme, and we did turn over GS may times by virtue of guys better playing the passing lanes. Defense takes trust.
3. Our offense looks stagnant at times.
While ball movement is a staple of MOA's offense, we have aquired guys who prefer to hold the rock, go into their tripple threat, then attack when they see an opening. Ball movement can be used to get guys open who usually can't do so on their own. It can make mediocre players look better because scoring becomes a team concept not individual.
Issue here is that that's not needed all the time.
4. Mike D'Antoni needs a pg for his system, when we get B-Diddy back things will change.
Mike D'Antoni needs a lot of things. Using wishful thinking is normal when the answers aren't apparent. But recall, it's not just any PG, its one who: is fast, can make decisions, run the P & R etc... right up until we describe Steve Nash. Guess what? There's only one Steve Nash, and he's on the wrong side of 30!
Consider the following:
*Limited gel time
*A one way to win approach/philosophy- many ways to lose effect
*A coach who hasn't demonstrated the ability to a) make bigs better b) make a team's defense better c) prevent players from making the same mistakes over and over d) use players mostly at their natural positions e) uses poor match-up rotations
And we can conclude that time is needed to correct and adjust. Time.
So let's agree: 20 games or 1/3 of the season should provide a better sampling of what to expect. We went on runs with worse teams under poorer circumstances.
Remember... it's not how you start, but how you finish.
Boston lost 3 in a row.
Last years HEAT team didn't win and had a few low points.
Coaches can get fired mid-season.
The trade deadline is in March.
And the sky is still above us and is blue.
If "IF" were a fifth, we'd all be drunk.
Calm down. Take this as a learning experience as losing is the inevitable. No team in the NBA goes undefeated so its better to lose early than late.
Belief and determination should override fear and disbelief. Put things into perspcetive. Recall who and what we were years prior. Keep the goal in mind.
And finally the most important thing...
There is a reason for everything...
Including why Mike D'Antoni has NOT received a contract extention.
WoooSahhhhh! Rub your ears!