D'Antoni would have this team scoring 110 ppg, but his brand of run-n-gun can be countered by coaching and adjustments - which it always is in the playoffs. Popovich, Brooks, Carlisle, Karl are all in our conference.
And we all know some of those Phoenix teams were loaded. From a style & player personnel standpoint, those teams were better fit to play run-n-gun than our current roster. Don't get me wrong, we'd still be devastating offensively, but for this team - if defense isn't properly addressed, then we don't make that jump to being contenders. We're not even close right now.
And this answered most of my suspicions about D'Antoni's coaching philosophy. Jalen Rose's account on playing for Pringles:
I played for the Phoenix Suns. 2007. My last season. As were playing against the San Antonio Spurs. And I remember us coming to our first practice before Game 1. And we brought it in. And we were excited about our playoffs getting started. And Coach D'Antoni put in some film. It was Steve behind the back. Amare slam dunk. Shawn Marion with the block. Raja Bell with the charge. It was a highlight film of our team. They have showed me making a shot on there, and I was barely even playing.
So after that he as like all right, we're going to run and down, go through our set plays and whatnot, and we're going to get out of here.
And I looked at Kurt Thomas. I hit him with an elbow. I'm like hold on. I gotta say something.
So I did my Arnold Horshack from "Welcome Back, Kotter."
I'm like "ooh, ooh, ooh, hey coach. I gotta ask a question. Are we going to talk about how we're going to defend Tim Duncan on the post? Are we going to talk about Manu Ginobili in pick and roll? Keeping Tony Parker out of the paint?"
He looked at me in front of the entire team and coaching staff and said: "We're not worried about what they do. If we play to the best of our abilities, and do what we're supposed to do, there is no way they can beat us. We don't mind if Tim goes off. If Tim goes off, that means everybody else is quiet."
If we make a coaching change, I want McMillan or Sloan. Each can organize a defense, and manage to score 100 ppg with KOBE, NASH, HOWARD and PAU.