Re: Observations on the Washingtun Wizzards game last night.......
posted at 4/9/2011 8:17 PM EDT
Well, Acie, that's a lot of posting about Doc. I disagree with you.
On the overall observations, I agree about the ref. Amazing.
Yes, the offense is pretty bad. I think there's too much Rondo dribbling and not enough team ball movement.
Jeff Green hasn't responded as well as I'd like, but he'll be ok. He doesn't play good defense and that's why he doesn't get more minutes. Also, he is a black hole like Marquis was. Give him the ball and he takes a long time to try backing down low and all stops. Its like any "one man team" offense at that point. That's why Doc won't run that play too often, IMO. Green has to learn to move the ball faster if he doesn't have a shot and use that move as a last resort, only.
As for Doc, let's see. Where do I start?
1. Shaq has been out most of the year.
2. JON has been out most of the year.
3. Perk was out most of the year.
4. When Perk came back, Danny traded him away.
5. The team was "hurt" and chemistry went to hell when Perk was traded. His point guard pouted and the team lost its inside defensive presence.
6. Rondo and KG both missed several weeks in the season.
7. His back up guard (Delonte West) missed most of the season.
8. Semih was hurt with the bad shoulder every other game.
9. Danny drafted a back up guard who was a shooting guard and not a point guard (Bradley) and he played like a scared rabbit.
10.Every team gives the Celtics their best when we come in town, wanting to kick our butts because we talk too much trash.
11. We are older than all of our rivals - the Lakers, Bulls, Magic, and Heat are all younger and either more athletic or taller, especially when ALL of our centers are missing for the season.
12. with the trades, Doc has to try to work on HCA, work on resting the starters, teach the new guys defense and the offense, and nurse a team that's clearly pissed about the change in its makeup.
13. I haven't mentioned what happened with Nate Robinson's play, Wafer's injury, or Marquis Daniels' injury.
14. Doc's assistant coach who knows the inside of his team is now coaching his rivals - so he loses talent on his team and that talent is used against him.
Now - through all of that, The Celtics battle for the 3rd best record in the league and most of the season - the second best record in the league. The team wins the championship the first year, almost beat the Magic (game 7) in the year KG is hurt); go to Game 7 of the playoffs last year, beat the team with the best record in the league last year - stopping the one player team and embarrassing the Magic AND the Cavaliers. He teaches this raw point guard called Rondo to play the game and become an allstar (even though he has NO jump shot). his team LOVES him and will follow him anywhere - begging him to come back to coach them.
And what's his reward for all that success and all those challenges and getting his team to battle for 3rd best record with a complete makeover of his bench after the all start game (look at it - the bench is COMPLETELY different with only BBD (part time starter) there all the time)??? Its you saying that he is a so so mediocre coach? Really?
Think about the challenges that Thibs faced. Think of the challenges that Phil Jackson faced. Think of the challenges that Pop faced. Have any of them had NEARLY the injuries, team make up, trades and remaking of the team mid season, or age to deal with????? We have the same record at the Lakers and Heat and we've had 5 times the injuries. Bulls had 1 major injury for half the season and a bunch of young guys along with the likely league MVP.....and we are within 3 games of them.
You and I read that differently. You read it and say how terrible Doc is. I read it and say "WOW, that's an AMAZING job!!". Give the Lakers, Bulls, Heat, or Spurs that challenge and tell me they would be where we are now! NO WAY! I give Doc huge credit for holding it together when the players are exasperating and when Danny + injuries have pulled the rug out from under him.
Doc is like any CEO - he build the coaching team and he ran it and he made them work together. Thibs is really good, but he has NEVER had the challenges Doc has had to take on.
Doc won't be back next year - its just too frustrating for him. And when he leaves, the fans here will be looking back saying "but when Doc was here.....".
You only miss the water when the well runs dry, huh? You'll miss Doc when he's gone.