Re: I think Doc is a control freak and makes it work some how...
posted at 5/21/2011 6:20 PM EDT
Ms. Lithium, I see your point of view but can't agree. I think Doc is actually an "adaptive" coach. he adapts to the goal at hand. In situations where the C's had no chance of winning, Doc spent time developing players. Case in point: In 2004, the C's were made up of Antoine Walker, Paul Pierce, Ricky Davis, Gary Payton, Raef Lafrenz, Mark Blount, Al Jefferson, Tony Allen, Delonte West, Marcus Banks, Walter McCarty, Perkins. That team wasn't going to challenge for a championship, but they were respectible. Pierce, Walker, Davis, and Payton got most of the minutes. But, Jefferson, Tony Allen, Banks, and West all developed under Doc's leadership. They all developed a name for themselves and Danny was able to use their "potential" to trade for the big 3 + draft picks. That's because Doc put them on the floor and developed them.
The next year, Delonte averaged 34 mins/game; Jefferson 18 min/game; Banks 15 min/game; Perkins 20 mins/game; Ryan Gomes 22.7 min/game; Gerald Green 12 mins/game; Orien Green 11.7 min/game, and Olowokandi 10 min/game. That was with Pierce, Ricky Davis, Wall Szczerbiak, Raef, and Blount on the team. He spent the time to develop the young players (many of whom went on to do well in the league). Who developed Banks, Perkins, Gomes, Rondo, Green, Delonte, Baby Davis, and Al Jefferson? yes - it was Doc! Why he never gets credit was taking all these young players in 04 and 05 and in 2 to 3 years, they were all valued players around the league and Danny parlayed that into the Big 4. Pierce was the only one who Danny nor Doc can take credit for getting them here.
Everyone wants to forget that Doc developed young players because he played the starters so much this year. He didn't develop Bradley because the kid was 19 and not ready for the NBA. He didn't play West because he was injured. Semih was injured. But, he played BBD a LOT. So, tell me where its proof that Doc doesn't play young players.
Its more fair to say that Doc does not play players who don't play within the system. he is clearly a defensive and "team" guy. If you don't do that, you sit until you learn it. That's a fair criticism. But, developing young players is something Doc actually has a history of doing. Remember in 1999/2000, Doc was Coach of the year because he took a team within one game of the players made of Amaechi, ben Wallace, bo Outlaw, Ron Mercer, Darrell Armstrong, michel Doleac, Pat Garrity, Monty Williams, Corey Maggette, Chucky Atkins, and Chauncey Billups. You think maybe he developed a few of those players in their early days?
Please don't mistake Doc's hard push for home Court Advantage this year for not developing young players. So many of ours were hurt or didn't know the system that they didn't help and Doc KNEW HCA was important this year (and he was proven right in the end, unfortunately).