Dfishman wrote:To all the people defending D'Antoni: just curious if you think Phil, Pop or Doc would have let their star player play 30+ minutes only six games back from a ruptured achilles tear?
It depends if that 6th game was on national television and hyped as the "game of the week"....in that case Pop definitely gives Kob a DNP-too old.....and I'm not even taking into consideration Kobe's injury....
I'm not sure if this is the best analogy, but I'm sure most of us have played Frogger. Think of what the goal is in that game. Get the dang frog over to the other side without killing it.
You can do it in a strategic way, by studying a pattern and hopping in the most efficient manner possible or getting it over there as fast as you can before the screen gets filled with obstacles.
MDA needed to get Kob (frog) through the game (other side) alive. He can do it in a strategic way to efficiently use Kobe, making those extra hops count or get Kobe his minutes and quickly have him take a seat (ie creating the shortest distance and getting that frog over quickly).
He did neither by playing Kobe on the ball, when he strategically could have placed him off the ball minimizing any duress and still efficiently getting a net positive contribution out of Kobe towards a W. If that isn't the route he chooses to take, then play Kobe on the ball, but take him out no matter what the cost when he hits that 20 minute mark. Once he gauges how comfortable Kobe feels after the game, he can slowly get more lax on that hard minute count.
We saw how he tried to get Kobe across last season....all 3 lives were claimed (falling just as many times in his final game) and Kobe didn't make it to the end of the Warriors game or the season.
Yeah that's right, I now introduced a frog into this thread. As if a mamba, a shark and a bear weren't enough...