Then, dumb people talk about managing minutes.
Quite funny, because plenty of professional analysts, and even a couple of retired NBA coaches, pointed out D'Antoni not managing players' minutes correctly all season long. But, I know you heard it from them. You're referring to the fans, who are repeating the same thing as these "dumb" professionals.
Of course, Gregg Popovich was probably "dumb" for pulling Tim Duncan and Tony Parker out of Game 2 of the NBA Finals, right? He knew they needed rest, and decided to go ahead and rest them early. He also did it many times during the season, losing games in the process, not knowing if he would be guaranteed HCA or not. Ultimately, he didn't get it over the Heat...but instead of going into the playoffs without Tim Duncan, he did what he was paid to do as a coach.
When the FO contacted him regarding the job, MDA's pitch was probably playing through Nash and pick and roll action with Howard. You can't blame him for thinking like that. He did not have any training camp to see what is out there. He did not sit down with Kobe to discuss how the full team could play.
You don't play through a 38-39 year old PG that can't get to the rim anymore. A decent coach would have known that. When you have two SUPERSTARS on your team, you insert an offense that plays through them, not a guy coming off of a season in Phoenix that nearly killed him, physically, over just 62 games that he played.
But no, D'Antoni didn't know how to post a player up, the same way he didn't know how to post Shaq up effectively, or Amare. He failed.
Our roster was old and slow before D'Antoni took the job.
And anyone who thought it was a good idea to run an uptempo offense with that roster was/is "dumb."
But we got a glimpse of how this team can play when they are clicking.
When? Are you referring to their best stretch of the year, when Kobe carried them on his back? Of course you are. Nash wasn't there for our 7-1 record in April. Again...with Nash, we went 26-24. Without, we were 19-13. What glimpse?
Kobe was clicking...and he was running on fumes. The only other month we found success in was February, at 9-4...and a huge part of that was the All-Star break. What glimpse?
Our main starting five of Kobe, Dwight, Nash, Gasol and Ron? They went 0-7 on the season together. What glimpse?
We had shooters. Nash is one of the greatest shooters to ever play the game of basketball...arguably #1. Meeks and Blake shoot the rock, Goudelock wasn't used at all, and Clark only had an opportunity once Gasol was injured. Was any of that considered while we fought through the season, though?
This is all really funny to me. I didn't want to say anything. I wanted to turn my head, and hope that we move on from this disaster of a decision to bring in Mike D'Antoni. I was hoping we would have learned from the Knicks, and a high-octane Suns team that got their ass beat in the first round by an older Spurs team that they could not defend, despite San Antonio being 15th in the league in offensive rating.
Now, we have a few fans who hang onto hope, and believe that Kobe will be able to give this team another 40+ minutes a night, some 28-30 PPG on some of the most efficient shooting we've seen from him in quite some time, and defending PG's that Nash has no shot at. Meanwhile, we still have no defensive identity...because we have a coach who once STATED he does not coach defense.
We need perimeter shooting? Is D'Antoni going to post up Dwight now, and run a much-slower halfcourt offense that is constructed for him? If your answer is no, then perimeter shooting means nothing to this team because Nash cannot get to the rim anymore, and Kobe isn't going to be the same, regardless of how much I want him to. If your answer is yes, tell me how long D'Antoni will have to study one of those Coach's Bibles in the local library.
The answer to the question I asked you earlier, by the way, is yes. I figured I'd have to answer it. D'Antoni ran this team into the ground. Too little time to waste? That's exactly what he had, and he didn't use all of that talent contained in this roster to make use of games he coached, even if it took him until mid-January to figure it out (which is really [expletive]ing generous for an NBA coach that has had 50-60+ wins in multiple seasons). If it was a Bucks team he was taking over, he gets a pass...but it was clear as day what needed to happen here, yet it didn't.
Take up for him all you want, but you're wrong. To basically look the other way when it comes to managing players' minutes, you're disrespecting the HOF coaches that have done it better than everyone else over time...especially guys like Chuck Daly, who had to preserve Zeke and Dumars, Popovich (with his older big three), and most of all, Phil Jackson, who sat Kobe whenever the hell he wanted, no matter the score. Just your excuse, really.