borri wrote:1. Hill barely cracked PT when Antoni took over for Bernie.
2. Clark only played because Pau got injured and Howard wussed out those games. Now that Pau is back Clark barely plays. Jamison is in favor. Why? Offense. It's not like we our biggest problem is defense.............
3. There's nothing in Antoni's coaching history to make me think that he'll change. IF he stays, we will need players that FIT his system. Shooters, shooters, shooters. This is the same coach who keeps Meeks in the game DESPITE a huge mismatch on D. Why? He can supposedly shoot and stretch the floor.
4. While Clark and Hill are cheap talent, they are talent that can be used in a package for players that fit Antoni's system. Why keep talent that the coach won't play or barely plays when you can parlay them into something that the coach WILL play.
Based on that, IF Antoni stays he'll want players for his system. A stretch 4, a 3 who can shoot. And bench players who can score and shoot regardless of position. Antoni will trot out 5 SG's if they can score the bucket....defense be damned.
I frankly just don't see Antoni changing his ways.
1. At first, but he figured it out eventually. Then Hill went down. Throw him on a team without Pau and there's no more debating who needs to get more playing time.
2. Clark wasn't playing because he was clearly tired and banged up. Now that he is (apparently) feeling better he played 30 minutes last night. Sure he only got a look because of injuries, but sometimes that's what happens. Not many coaches around the league would have given him a shot for any reason. He'd been in the league for 3 years already.
3. He's changed all year. Whether that's his choice or not, we're not anything like any team he's ever coached. We're slow. We're old. We're now playing big and throwing the ball inside. We still take a lot of threes, but it's off of space provided by our bigs and Kobe. I know people don't want to recognize it, but that's change. It might not be his CHOICE, but it's change.
4. When Clark is healthy he plays and he fits the system just like Marion used to fit the system. Hill fits ANY system because he works hard, gets boards, and defends. And in my scenarios we were moving forward without Gasol weren't we? That means no more arguing about who gets minutes. The minutes are there and Hill/Clark must take them. Trading Hill isn't going to bring us much back anyway in anything we need unless someone is willing to give us Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Bradley Beal for Jordan Hill. At 3.1 million he's one of the best values that we have. Same with Clark (assuming his contract is similar). Meanwhile we have bloated contracts like Blake, Gasol, Artest, Kobe, Nash, even Duhon. We need to get rid of those. Even if it means not getting "full value" back, we rid ourselves of dead weight. There'll be plenty of talent in the pool of FA as far as role players go. If we can move Gasol for a few cheaper pieces, we can attract a few cheap vets or young guys. The way Pau is playing right now a trade of Gasol for Kirilenko/Williams/Barea isn't terribly far fetched. Those 3 aren't winning Minnesota anything. Pau probably isn't either, but at least he's going to get them bank from Spain. Now we have some movable pieces, some freed up room, and we're more balanced and attractive to FAs. Trade away Blake and Duhon, maybe Artest. Fill in the blanks with cheap guys who'll work hard. Boom.
If D'Antoni stays he'll basically be doing what he's doing now: letting the starters run their own offense and running his offense with the bench. That's what we were doing when we were on our run and at our "healthiest". It was working really well too with Blake/Jamison running that show along with Meeks. Throw in Hill and that's a decent bench (what we thought we'd have at the start). But trade Blake for Barea and throw in another young body (Williams?) and that's a pretty dynamic bench that works in D'Antoni's favor. Meanwhile Kobe/Nash/Howard continue to run the show for the starters.