Re: Stevens...we need an identity
posted at 12/3/2013 6:28 PM EST
In response to Eldunker's comment:
In response to R9R's comment:
I just started reading Malcolm Gladwell's new book David vs. Goliath and one of the early interesting stories involves the strategy of the full court press in basketball. He tells a story of a youth girls basketball team that is fully dedidcated to that strategy and with minimal basketball talent finds lots of success.
Essentially the thought is that the in-bounds pass is a huge point of vulnerability for a team. You have five secound to inbound and you get to play 5 on 4. Only in basketball is 2/3 of the court conceeded to the opposing team on defense. Think about football, its a game of inches. If you dedicate yourself fully to the strategy, you conceed nothing starting from the inbounds pass. You don't guard the inbounder and so each of the four guys can play between their man and the ball, denying the pass. The fifth man plays a safety type roll, likely beween the furthest advanced offensive player and the basket. It's a high risk strategy, but its an effective strategy for "david" team going up against a "goliath." Think about it. Why play a choreographed half court game when that just plays into the better team's strenghts? A disruptive strategy, though risky is more effective.
So the Celtics. I believe Brad is the right guy to employ this type of system. He is calm, intelligent and an effective communicator. He can motivate these guys to play this intense style of basketball. The fact that we do not have a superstar (outside of rondo), a pre-defined system, or a core starting lineup allows us to play 15 men deep, which this style of play requires.
Another reason why this should be our identity is because we already have the best full court press guard in the league in Avery Bradley. Wallace fits this mold. Jeff, Brandon and Courtney are all atheltic enough to be disruptive.
All it takes is buy-in to the system.
LOL. Commitment to a full court press may work for a youth girls basketball team "with minimal talent". (or even Men's college hoops).
Try that with accomplished athletes in the NBA and you would get torched 9 out of 10 times on the other end with a fast break dunk. In addition, your players exhaust themselves on D and negatively affecting their offensive ability. Subbing exery 10-15 minutes means that you are playing your worst players half the game.
That is why a full court press is seldom used in the NBA, except to commit a quick foul or more cautiouslky to slow the pace of the game, not necessarily to steal the ball.
Pitino tried it. For about a month.