It's funny how you post like this is news, what it comes down to is the effort on both ends. Our halfcourt set has been pretty good and our defense is the reason we were able to come back and beat both the Knicks and the Warriors and what kept us in games we were being beat in initially.
Why is it after a loss this comes up but during the 5 game winning streak when defense got us back into games it was silent?
Kobe himself said even Phil maybe ran defensive drills about 3 times during his entire tenure.
Our first real defensive coach in a while was Mike Brown. The guy where we somehow scored 7 points in a 4th quarter and won.
Why complain about offense when you get a defensive coach and then turn around and complain about defense when you got an offensive coach?
Both take a tremendous amount of energy and time to master. Not many teams if any at all have equal intensity at both ends. The most you can hope for is a ass-kicking Offense and medocre to decent D or vice versa. Defense is the more diffecult to play consistantly well, because of the NBA League induced offensive mindset. Just like the NFL ....it seems there is a push for more offense. Especially the running kind.
This is also pushed in College Hoops. Bigs playing with their backs to the Hoop seem to be a dying virture. Even the Refs reward Offense over D. IMO
Maybe DAntoni wanted to get his offensive House in order.....that's why they hired him right?? SHOWTIME??
I'm hoping for a mid-level D at this point