Re: Ever think where would be if Doc didnt return and the Big 3 were broken up?
posted at 4/20/2011 6:30 PM EDT
I am surprised you don't think that Doc and the boys want to win number 18 MORE, MUCH MORE than you and I do. They are the ones with a reputation on the line and will be praised or criticized.....not you and me. THEY have to take the heat. They get the hardware or get sent home. You and I only have emotions. They have emotions, pride, legacy, money, and everything else on the line.
You Seem to think that because Doc won't play Krstic and Green during crunch time or because Doc plays a different lineup than YOU would play, that means he doesn't want to win and is making a bad decision. I disagree, respectfully. I think Doc has coached a championship, won coach of the year, played in the NBA, Coached all stars, coached division winners, and is MORE qualified than me (and you) to decide who to play and at what time. So, its perfectly ok to disagree with him. Its overboard, however, to say that he doesn't want to win or that he and the starters owe you something that they aren't delivering. They just won two playoff games against a very game Knick team with two of the best offensive threats in the league! Why do you think the entire NBA and sports world was so caught up in whether Carmelo would move and to where? Its because he is DARNED GOOD! The guy can flat out fill it up. He is diffference maker. Give him credit. But, like Lebron for 2 years and like Dwight Howard last year and like Kobe/Gasol in '08 - they lost to our team concept these first two games. I'm proud of that and I say - yes, Doc COULD HAVE done this or he COULD have done that.....but what he did was win. That's what I love.
As for Doc not believing they are qualified to play in the playoffs:
JON got significant minutes and has delivered. BBD got the minutes at the end for a specific reason (ability to double team).
Green got as many minutes as he could play but got in foul trouble.
Krstic got in the first game and flopped. he doesn't deserve to play based on how he's performed. He plays absolutely ZERO defense and he could not have made the offensive nor the defensive plays that KG made. This is also why he started but sat at crunch time in OKC - he was behind Serge and behind Nick Collison.......and was their 3rd choice at center. Danny didn't get any star here - please be aware of that. The guy has never won anything - no awards, no all stars, no championships, NOTHING. He deserves very little because he plays scared.
Sasha, Murphy, and Arroyo are castoffs. They don't deserve to play and were only brought on to fill out the roster in cases of emergency and injury.
I'm not saying Danny is all right or all wrong. I'm not saying Doc is all right nor all wrong. I'm just saying that the moves each of them made were made as THEY believed it was the best way to win. Danny did his thing with the personnel. Now Doc has to do his thing. Right or wrong - if I'm Doc (and I've been an AAU coach and I've been a business exec and in each environment, I listened to my advisors but I made the final decision myself), I'm winning or losing doing it my way......because I have to live with the consequences. I'm not doing it someone else's way because if I loose, I'll only question myself.
Let's see how they do in the playoffs before trying to fry them.