Re: There is only one reason for the slump
posted at 3/29/2011 5:28 PM EDT
In Response to There is only one reason for the slump
[QUOTE]Interior defense. Krstic and Davis can't defend the post. That effects the offense and the defense. We had four interior defenders, but we traded two of them and two are injured. The big mistake was trading Erden. He could defend the post and played very well with the starters, and all we got in return was a second round draft choice. If we get JO and Shaq back, things will be completely different. This may relate to the fact that both Rivers and Ainge were guards, and they tend to not appreciate the value of big men.
Posted by Kirk6[/QUOTE]
Let's look at the real reason for the recent slump. Of course there any number of factors which deserve some level of credit and blame but here is my take.....
Danny thinks that there is a remote possibility that in the NBA you can both win and rebuild.
He lived through dismantling of the prior big 3 and Danny has been pressed with the same challenge.
I think there is a fundamental given that most do not want to accept or attempt to manage around. The NBA is a cycle that is driven by the stars and when the stars wane critically important decisions are required.
Danny was faced with his first big 3 decision last year and passed on getting Kevin Martin, Monta Ellis, and Andris Biedrins for Rondo and Ray Allen.... let's see a better point guard, a very good 3 point shooter, and a very good young athletic center who has really good hands, etc.
He re-upped some players that are older and panicked when Perk went down so he overpaid for JO and was glad to get Shaq but he could not accept, in complete denial, that Rondo was the problem in the finals - cannot shoot, nobody needs to guard him, cannot make foul shots, cannot make 3s, cannot make jumpers - so we must blame it on length / height. Tight games in the finals - if Rondo made a jumper here or there or a few foul shots here or there, they win the title......
Assuming that is a given, which of course most of you can't, Danny has been in the league in some capacity for 25 years. He has fallen into some sort of Bilechick trap.... keep winning but also try to rebuild.
Um Danny you above everyone else should understand that the league is cyclical and that your success is driven by your players and when the players go, so do you......
Attempting to cheat the salary cap, attempting to pretend that you have made great picks, etc, will surely make you the executive of the year.
I am so glad given that there will be a lockout and that there will be a huge player salary adjustment and that Danny will not have locked up Perk and a bucnh of other players to ridiculous contracts, well of course other than Rondo's.
When you have a window to win, you have to win because trying to trade for the future is a fundamentally flawed thought process. This is where Danny definitely deserves blame.