Phil did not coach any defense either. That was left to other coach(es). Kobe himself said that Phil never talked about defense except "you guys will figure it out."
We had a defensive specialist coach at the beginning of the season. Remember that guy?
This team is old and injured on top of that. Those guys can't play D even if their life depended on it. Dwight can, alright. He almost can't help himself but play defense. The rest are pretty much garbage, except 100% healthy Metta, who has slowed down considerably, so he's just alright now.
let me just list our guys here -Nash:
not a lick of D most of the time. Gets destroyed after being screened. Old.Meeks:
alright defender, but routinely gets abused by bigger guys.Blake:
see Meeks. Getting old.Kobe:
only when absolutely healthy and motivated. Otherwise gambles and gets abused by quick guys and shooters. Old.Metta:
alright defender when healthy. Old.Clark:
solid, but inexperienced; commits silly fouls on shooters.Jamison:
not a lick of D in his whole career. And I love the guy. Old.Pau:
used to be above average, just like Odom. Now is absolute garbage. Can't block 6-1 guards in the paint going for a layup. Can't jump anymore. Old.Dwight:
elite defender when motivated to play it. Which is thankfully most of the time.
That's our rotation right there. Good luck with that.
Then you put MDA on top
of that, and it becomes even worse. But he's not the reason
they don't play D.