phoenixrisingla wrote:You make some really good points real deal. And I agree that player effort is definitely part of it, but at the end of the day Phil was able to get enough out of his players to win.
Asking us to be blind to the fact that D'Antoni is known FIRST AND FOREMOST as a coach who doesnt value defense, then he shows up and ours goes in the toilet is just too much for us to call coincidence and try to put completely on the players, wouldnt you agree?
I'm not asking you to ignore his lack of defensive knowledge, not at all. Certainly if he knew more about defense or dedicated more time to it, we'd see more success on that end. I'm not saying he's free of blame because at this point, with a pathetic record and hope quickly fading away, EVERYONE is to blame.
All I'm saying is that D'Antoni shouldn't be singled out any more than anyone else because the team has already PROVEN they can play defense when they want to. They have PROVEN that when they want to really try hard on that end, they can make a move. Namely the 4th against the Clippers and the 4th against the Spurs.
They've proven that they can give us a better effort than we've seen from them so far, but we're putting the blame on Jim Buss and Mike D'Antoni? Everyone loves putting the brunt of the blame on somebody, but in reality EVERYONE is to blame. I'm not going to put anything on D'Antoni right now that I wouldn't put on Kobe or Nash or Howard or Gasol. None of them are doing enough to win games.