You acknowledged the good Perk before he got injured. I acknowledged Baby was hurting last year and have backed off my recent criticism of him. Red-16 follows by calling him a lardarse and says Doc gets a bad rep from some of us. I can't reason with that. I don't interact with people who don't listen. Regardless of what happened in the locker room, Doc should never have tried to embarrass Davis in public. Francoma (sp?) may have his flaws, but that's one thing he'd never do to underperforming Red Sox players.
The good news about Davis' uninspired late season and playoffs is we might be able to talk him into a reasonable 1 year hometown discount. If he plays up to his potential, he will get a second chance to hit the free agency jackpot. I'd rather see him signed for two years. That should be plenty of time to see what his ceiling truly is.
The C's shouldn't have fired Clifford Ray. Someone should be able to teach Baby some rebounding skills.
Doc is the teflon coach, as Ronald Reagan was the teflon president. Nothing ever sticks to them.
The only criticism I have ever seen of Doc's coaching has been by Bill Simmons.
Myself and this guy Mooltrikon, who used to post here regularly, have spilled many a word on Doc. You sound like Mool. He's ready to stop watching C's games, because the way Doc coaches, the games are extremely boring.
There's so much he could have tried to win that series against Miami. You mention Troy Murphy, and I agree there came a point where he had to play. Miami's disadvantages are with bigs and point guard. They dominate the 2 and 3 spots. They are vulnerable everywhere else and with no cap space to easily fill those needs.
Once Rajon became one-armed Rondo, it was time to play West and Arroyo at pg. Seeing that Ray was having trouble staying with DWade, Wafer needed to play a lot of backup sg. JO was the second coming of Sheed, having a bad season and turning it on for the playoffs. Doc should have went with a two-headed monster of JO and Krstic. Doc even admitted by the end of the series he should have played Krstic more. A day late and a dollar short?
Doc's always had trouble integrating new players or figuring out a rotation and sticking with it. He was out to lunch a few years ago going back and forth between Tony and Marquis. We can only imagine how much b*tch-slapping Tony was forced to take from Doc. I think Tony left because of Doc Rivers. He never said so, but that's what I think.
Big Baby was hurting and ineffective. That's when Troy, Sasha, and Green needed to hit the court. KG was in the zone, but he was overused and had nothing left in the tank by the end.
Doc burned this team out during the year, didn't integrate guys like Krstic and especially Green, and when the team got tired, his decision was to shorten the rotation even further. I'm curious what Popovich could have done with this team the last couple years. Doc is the Grady Little of basketball management. He'll stick it out with a simple formula over coming up with new strategies, combinations, and finding diamonds in the rough. He could have thrown Bradley in to guard Wade when he was on fire. The problem is Doc doesn't know how to think outside the box.
Doc is like good packaging. He's a successful brand name.I agree with you the only way this new Doc contract will make any sense is if Danny can generate another ready made team as you described. It's possible. Maybe we really are going to get Dwight Howard. We'll need good years out of Rondo and Paul. Danny will probably need to find one other very good player to go with them to convince Superman he is the final piece of the puzzle to #18. That player might already be on the team. If so, it's probably Jeff Green or Big Baby Davis. If there's no season, however, getting Dwight Howard might be near impossible. Why would he come to a Celtic team with just Rondo and a 35 year old Paul Pierce?
If we don't get Superman, I figure Danny is on another 5 year plan, to draft well, build up his chip pile, and then go all in again. Or maybe he'll retire Pitino style. Ainge isn't in the greatest health. I think Doc is one of Danny's closest friends, and that's why he gave him the five year monster contract.