IT WAS ALWAYS so reminiscent to me of hearing Chuck Daly lament the famous game in Boston. Although that "Bird stole the ball!" game didn't cost them the championship (they played the next day), it was the chance to finally hurdle Boston. But Daly can be seen on the other side of the court, because the camera is right behind Isaiah, jumping up and down, making a TIME-OUT signal. The player either didn't see him or ignored him, and it cost them the game.
MotorCityJoe- Since 2007: You talking to me?
I don't expect much of a decline in the vets. The young guys will be further developed. This team needed Amir's shot-blocking and Afflalo's perimeter defense but Flip Saunders said they weren't ready until they improved their jump shots. Just another example of how much Flip didn't fit in here.
Going back to the offensive and defensive philosophies they had under LB.
The hammer has been dropped and those guys know there is no longer acceptance for turning off the light-switch.
Yep. It's the first time in 2 and 1/2 years that I'm excited about Detroit basketball again. To me the head coach's philosophies and ability to lead are more important than X's and O's with a contending team. You couldn't have had a worse scheme or philosophy for these players than what Flip had and he wasn't a leader.
I told you last year is a waste of time. I'm telling you this year they are finally legit for the first time since Ben left.
Just the fact that the coach has communicated as much. Flip Saunders would get b!tch slapped in public by his players and never did anything about it. He was weak. Curry has made it clear he won't put up with it. He'll bench guys. Yes, they are just words. But it's more than we ever got from Flip.
I finally broke down & joined Twitter: @frydorov & @NotTomIzzo
NBA is different than other sports when it comes to coaching. Doesn't work in Football (see Marinelli). History shows it can and does work in basketball...especially when the rookie coach played in the league. In fact, being a rookie coach has some advantages. Often NBA players focus on the weaknesses of a coach or perceived reputation to use it as an excuses. Young coaches don't have the known weaknesses.
People liked Avery Johnson and thought he was a Star coach in the making after his first year and 1/2. People thought the same thing with Carlisle after his rookie year. Terry Porter's best year as head coach was his first year. Nate McMillan's best year was his rookie year.
Historically, the best coaches start off strong. LB was an exception to the rule. If Curry really belongs as one of the better coaches in the league, it'll happen with this team. The thing I like about him so far is that he's not cryptic in his messages, he's focusing on conditioning, and it sounds like he's opening it up for anybody to get a chance to play (which would have never happened under Flip).