khmrP wrote:why this team so inconsistent? Dont think we can blame the coach anymore, this team just not that good afterall, or pieces aren't fitting. Besides Dwight, NOBODY plays any type of D, Peace is avg at best it was frustrating watching this guy get lost on screens, Kobe D at this point actually over the last several years has all been past rep, dude plays no D whatsoever.
I think you can put some of that on the staff. D' Antoni's team have always been suspect on defense. It's not the emphasis of what they are doing and the coaching philosophy and offensive system run completely counter to what you would want if you were going to emphasize lock down D. Shooting early in the shot clock and trying to run and gun leads to transition basketball for the other team which is a fatal flaw for an older team like us. We shouldn't be expending all of our energy on the other side of the ball. But hey, we're having fun so it's all good. It looks wonderful when our guys are hitting everything like they were the other night against Denver, but in close games it can lead to disaster quickly.
This is why I was in favor of getting a coach who had more of a middle ground philosophy in Jerry Sloan. He has a system that emphasized pick and roll and pick and pop in the half court, and some off ball screening for Kobe, but wasn't a run and gun philosophy. And on the defensive end no one holds guys more accountable than Jerry freaking Sloan. No way Kobe or anyone else would be getting away with this kind of slacker defense we are seeing every other game. No chance.