I forgot about Blake. He was our warrior.
But come on, please tell me you are not still supporting MDA.
I don't like how he got ALL the flack and how fans get amnesia when it comes to not blaming other players for their shortcomings.
But there's a lot he does I won't support, I don't like how Kobe had to play extended minutes because of the hole we dug in the month and a half of trying to run "Nash-basketball" and I don't like that it took him a month and a half to realize we weren't a Nash based team although I give him credit to listening to Kobe about it.
I don't like how he tried to make Pau a stretch 4, but I give him credit for finally putting Pau in the post and I don't forget how long it took Pau to actually do that(when he wasn't the center).
The reality of the situation is although we finished the last 40 games 28-12 which was great, but the truth is, if we went 28-13 we potentially don't make the playoffs. That's why guys played extended minutes, it was the same reason Mike Brown put Kobe, Dwight etc in against Detroit when the lead was cut to 14 but the game wasn't in doubt. He wanted to do everything in his power to win.
As much as I'd like to, I don't hold the minutes our guys had to play(Kobe in particular) late in the season against him, because it was necessary because of the thing I DO hold against him, and that was the month and a half of Nash ball in December to mid January which put us in that situation.
He is going to need to make changes next year, hiring a defensive assistant is a good start. But I am hoping we start the season 28-12 so that we aren't in panic mode at the halfway mark and are more willing to give guys extended minutes if they are having an off-game instead of panicking and having to put starters back in because one loss could knock us out of the playoffs.
The key to next season along with the adjustments D'antoni must make to his offense(he has an entire summer and training camp to do it) is a good start to the season.
If the guy hasn't made any kind of changes whatsoever, or we start the season terribly, or we're running the exact same offense with no fine tuning, then he should be fired before the middle of next season.
I give him a LOT of rope even for that month and a half of Nash ball because he had to get familiar with everyone and their tendencies, and once he let go of his pride and listened to Kobe, it went to a success.
So I think an entire summer of planning the offense around Kobe and Dwight and utilizing Nash as a spot up shooter primarily should yield good results. So I'll give him till the end of the pre-season or a week into next season to show me something different.
If we see more of the same and I have to pop into another Real Deal thread basically explaining that it's all the same, the rope that I give D'antoni I will search to hang him with.
Not right now. But he has till the end of pre-season. If it's more of the same, I'll jump on the bandwagon.