Doc Brown wrote:We were a severely top heavy team to start the season, I don't know what you guys are expecting with all these injuries.
I expect a coach that is being vastly overpaid and has the best gig in the NBA to earn a couple dollars of that salary.
For about .0001 second there everyone thought Ebanks (who started games for us) was Ariza 2.0. So this might be D-League fodder on our roster, at least Ebanks has a little experience under the bright lights. Would I play him? No. I think he's too emotionally fragile and he's been in the dog house too long to give us anything.
I've already said I'd give Duhon a couple minutes because he has prior experience with MDA. Quite awhile before Blake found his game, Duhon had a decent stretch, but he also had an awful stretch.
No one expected this injuries and preparing a game plan with so few players isn't what MDA expecting when he signed in LA. But we also aren't the first team in the history of the NBA to be decimated by injuries. It's his job to get creative, to motivate, to balance minutes, to find a successful rotation, to bring players up to par/speed when need be, and to F'ING coach...he hasn't done a single one of those things (you can argue "find a successful rotation" but I'd argue process of elimination to 7 goes in the bad column not the good one).
I have no problem playing Dwight huge minutes, he's young. I can understand playing Clark huge minutes, he's young too (even though he just pulled himself off the brick wall he ran into face first). I can even understand Pau's minutes. Those missed games should mean he has more left in the tank theoretically. But you can't play Kobe every tick of the clock. Even when this game was in the books, Kobe was still in there. The human body isn't designed to withstand what Kobe goes through on a nightly basis when playing the entire game. I don't care what he plays through or how tough he is. Father time is undefeated and MDA's style is pressing the FF button on the remote cutting down what's left of Kobe's career. There's a reason no one else endures that in the NBA, especially someone who's been in the NBA 17 years + playoff mileage + Olympic mileage + the hell he puts himself through preparing for every game. The compounding injuries will continue to snowball and if Kobe's career were to come to an end because a freak injury that occurred thanks to MDA, then MDA would need to go into witness protection.
And it'd be one thing if his minute distribution and rotations were his only coaching flaw. But the list is longer than line to ride Space Mountain at Disney.