TIME wrote:I think I'm going to start posting this in every thread:
The problem is not the offense.
The offense is relevant though in any discussion about defense with this particular team. For starters, turnovers lead to easy baskets and we turn it over a lot. Add to that, our guys get so gassed on that end, it impacts their ability to defend.
But more importantly, it's about getting guys on the same page. We just aren't on either end of the floor. Are we putting up points, yes, but only because we have talented individual offensive players, not because the points are being produced as a result of efficient team play. We work way too hard for our points given the players we have. So the same issues that prevent this offensive-minded team from playing defense, is why our offense isn't as efficient as it should be. You figure out how to get a bunch of guys who are motivated by playing offense, to get on the same page, and that will translate directly over in to their defensive commitments. We don't have players (or a coaching staff mind you) who identify as defense first so it won't work the other way around.
Can't think of a better analogy at the moment but think of it like a piece of rope. A rope is made up of individual strands. Each strand can only hold so much weight. But if you intertwine the strands together, their collective ability to handle stress goes up exponentially, greater than the sum of what they can do individually even if each piece is fairly adequate on its own.