Doc, thanks for the well thought out rebuttal. Wsoldier, I do agree to a certain extent with you. Real, karacha and Weez....y'all posts are trash
...I guess its whats expected by the mods on this site (actually, disregard that last part).
Seriously though fellas, I'm trying to play a role this season. I'm just wearing my anti-fan hat till my hissy fitting ways gets me a team identity I can get behind. Its a little fun going against the grain from time to time. If the team sucks, well, its cause this fan told you so....if the team succeeds, then I'll gladly eat crow while I hide behind the cheers. Win-win...
That being said, I highly doubt this formula will be successful. Doc brought up some good references...Dallas had Carlisle and Miami has Spoels. I understand that the players come first and its an extremely important factor when it comes to title pedigree, but those coaches have a good defensive catalog.
Dallas had the TyChandlers, Shawn Marions, heck even the JKidd's (even though dude has a tough time guarding a cup of soda these days). Miami has some defensive aces themselves....but what brings it out are the coaches and the defensive identity he gives them. We had DHoward last year and sure he wasn't healthy and he was worried more with offensive touches, but you give a defensive coach a DHoward and a MWP and it should take you to a nice place. Instead we were 19th in the league last year in defensive efficiency.
Which brings us to offensive efficiency. MDA from day one claimed he wanted to dial up our offensive possessions and the percentages will work themselves out....yet dude won't take credit for the 7 seconds or less concept.
The Lakers are 3rd in offensive possessions in the league.....and we are 16th in offensive efficiency. Meanwhile, Portland and Miami (the other 3ball shooters) are 1 and 2 respectively in offensive efficiency. They are 15th and 16th respectively in offensive possessions. What that tells me is that these teams are shooting, they ain't chucking...huge difference!
Meanwhile Miami is top 5 in defensive efficiency while Portland is 21st. Come playoff time, we'll see which identity works better, but my gut is telling me Miami will probably go further than Portland....and I'm sure their 3ball chucking ways will gravitate down closer to the midline.
I guess my gripe is that we are having way too many wasted possessions out there....and that is actually being encouraged. I don't care that most of the teams in the nba are playing this way. As we have seen in the past, its good coaches with a good coaching pedigree of both offense and defense that eventually takes home the hardware. MDA isn't that guy and LA isn't just some random team in this league. We shouldn't go along with what the rest of the league is doing....they should follow our lead. That's what Dr. Buss did. Its what his kid should