November 10, 2010
This is the gig we should all have
I was watching NBA TV tonight, and Steve Smith (insightful ex-NBA player, not combustible Panthers receiver) was laughing about what an easy night Lakers coach Phil Jackson was having.
Smith mentioned that Jackson never needed to stand up in a ridiculouslly easy Lakers victory in Sacramento. It reminded me of something Larry Brown said: That his goal in life is to make Jackson un-cross his legs on the Lakers bench.
I don't think Jackson's job is as easy as some think, in that keeping great players, with great egos, from imploding is a task. But I also understand Jackson has never coached a team with anything less than great talent.
That's as much great fortune as it is great ability.
Posted by Observer Sports on November 10, 2010 at 12:01 AM | Permalink
This is OT but it had tobe said.
So now larry is playing victim to bad FO moves. Maybe if he had let them draft lopez instead of DJ felton would still be here. Maybe if he hadn't demanded a trade for Diop felton would still be here.
Since you don't have everything you want defensively how about being creative on offense. How about giving m caroll some time when nobody is scoring.
Posted by: crymeariver | Nov 10, 2010 1:46:20 AM
Interesting, Rick. IN my gut, I honestly believe coaches like LB, Pop, and Jerry Sloan are every bit as good as Phil Jackson, but if you want to give Jackson the edge because of all the rings, I won't argue too much. At the end of the day, players win and he's had unbelievable (once in a generation) talent in both Chicago and L.A.
As for the Bobcats, Rick, how do you see Kwame Brown, McGuire, and perhaps even Najera fitting in upon their returns? Can we expect a meaningful contribution from any of them?
Regarding your article on all the turnovers, I agree that a lack of defensive intensity so far has magnified the problem. I thought they played pretty well in the first half vs. SA, but then regressed. I hope they trap more to force some steals and do a better job of closing out on 3-point shooters (and get your hands up, please!). The 2 best players, Jackson and Wallace, have to lead the way on the defensive end.
Speaking of Jack, something seems off. To be honest, I've always found him a bit over-hyped. He can have great games offensively, but still not the guy I would want to build a team around by any means, especially at his age. That said, I did understand the need for Charlotte to acquire him and at least make the team somewhat competitive last season. It did certainly pay dividends with the first franchise playoff appearance. Still, if things continue to go south, and Jackson sulks and doesn't give maximum effort, look out below. In that case, I would look to move him to a veteran team and get another young piece or two. Do you think the front office would attempt to move him if the Cats fall out of the playoff race?
Thanks and hope things are well.
Posted by: Ari | Nov 10, 2010 1:50:31 AM
the forecast is sunny today with a slight chance of snow
Posted by: Larry Sprinkle | Nov 10, 2010 6:00:56 AM
guys, dj is playing fine. hes better than felton
Posted by: dougie | Nov 10, 2010 6:04:09 AM
DJ is playing better. Some aspects of his game might be better than Felton's. However, he is not better than him. They are two different people. DJ is not a leader and he is not able to adjust himself to the demands that are put upon him. I also say if he was better than Felton, why was he Felton's backup?
Posted by: digal704 | Nov 10, 2010 7:28:31 AM
If Felton would have accepted the $35M/5Yrs deal the Bobcats offered two seasons ago, he would've been here also. By the way, that contract is by far the best offer he's ever had. It was such a bad decision that he ended firing his agent.
In other words, the only reason Felton is not here is because he was greedy and wanted Rajon Rondo's money, when he is at best a top 15-20 PG in the NBA, while Rondo is a Top 3-5, an All-Star and a Champion. Is Felton's fault, and only his fault that he is not here.
However, PG is not this team problem, is the Center position. DJ might not be as good as Felton on defense (and Felton was only good, not great), but DJ has prove to be as good and effective as Felton in every single category, and by far more efficient than Felton. The Bobcats did mess up by not picking Brook, but hey, but they also messed up by not trading picks for Chris Paul and by passing on Brandon Roy.
Imagine a team of: Chris Paul, Brandon Roy, Gerald Wallace, Any PF and Emeka Okafor. But you know what, what's done is done, now you have to look ahead, not back.
Posted by: RobC | Nov 10, 2010 8:41:46 AM
dj is better than felton, give me an break, i bet 10 bucks dj want even last a full season, he may be a better shooter than felton, i will take felton over dj in a heartbeat..and we wonder why we are 1-6..figures, the bobcats suck, almost worse than the panthers
Posted by: callingitlikeiseeit | Nov 10, 2010 9:21:21 AM
Having lived in Chicago when Phil Jackson was coaching MJ, I do have a opinion of why he was successful. Was'nt just the great talent, but the player/leaders who want to win at all costs. MJ and Kobe,lead by example both on the offensive and defensive sides with agressive play. He used shooters (paxon and kerr to name 2)to space the floor creating cutting lanes for MJ and Pippen, as well as post play. Seems very similar to what's happening with the lakers. Maybe LB can learn from Jackson, an employ some of his offensive strategy, an go with the players who play hard.
Posted by: joe | Nov 10, 2010 10:53:40 AM
I have a hard time imagining a "good" team that has Emeka Okafur on its' roster
Posted by: Justin | Nov 10, 2010 11:29:53 AM
can you guys stop with lopez over augustin talk. who would be our pg right now if we drafted lopez?
this guy hasn't won anything. he puts up gawdy stats against teams that don't have a big man and he struggles against legitimate competition. THEY WON 12 GAMES LAST YEAR. he's not shaq. shaq NEVER lost 12 games. dwight howard never lost 12 games. tim duncan never lost 12 games. yao ming never lost 12 games. andrew bogut didn't even lose 12 games and he's been on some pretty bad bucks teams.
he got absolutely handled by anderson varajeo last night. 6 of 18 from the field. a chunk of those makes coming while ryan hollins was in for 7 minutes.
HIS LAST 5 GAMES he's 28 for 85 ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME?! he's averaging 5.4 rebounds during that span. nazr mohammed is outplaying him right now.
PLEASE STOP TALKING ABOUT BROOK LOPEZ OVER AUGUSTIN because its just not true. NO nba analyst is second guessing that draft selection. augustin > lopez.
Posted by: charlottean | Nov 10, 2010 12:23:41 PM
NO PANIC IN GAMBLE LAND BABY, MY CATS ARE DOING JUST FINE JUST NEED ONE LITTLE TRADE
AND FEW MOVES UPFRONT OFFICE
1.TRADE MATT CARROLL AND E. NAJERA GET J.R SMITH ( LB GETS A DEFENDER AND THREE POINT SHOOTER
2. SIGN ERICK DAMPIER DEPT AT THE CENTER POSITION IS KEY
3.BENCH DIAW START TYRUS THOMAS
DIAW NEEDS TO GET MOTIVATED AND THE BENCH WILL DO THE TRICK, TYRUS THOMAS HAS PROVEN TO ME AND EVERY BODY HE IS READY TO START THIS IS A NO-BRAINER AND WITH DIAW BEING ABLE TO PLAY MULTI-POSITIONS HE MORE SUITED FOR BENCH
THESE ARE SIMPLE ADJUSTMENTS THAT SHOULD PAY-OFF
LIKE WHEN WE PLAY BOSTON, OR MIAMI WE'LL NEED ALL THE BIG'S WE HAVE AND MORE
Kwame Brown C 28 6-11
DeSagana Diop C 28 7-0
Nazr Mohammed C 33 6-10
Tyrus Thomas PF 24 6-10
Erick Dampier # - C 6-11
Posted by: RAHSHON GAMBLE | Nov 10, 2010 5:19:10 PM
A GOOD LINE UP OF BIGS
Kwame Brown PF-C 28 6-11
DeSagana Diop PF-C 28 7-0
Nazr Mohammed C 33 6-10
Tyrus Thomas PF 24 6-10
Erick Dampier # - C 6-11
NOW TAKE A LOOK AT BOSTON
Glen Davis PF 24 6-9
Semih Erden C 24 6-11
Kevin Garnett PF 34 6-11
Jermaine O'Neal C 32 6-11
Shaquille O'Neal C 38 7-1
Kendrick Perkins C 25 6-10
GOTTA TRY TO COMPETE WITH TEH ELITE
Posted by: RAHSHON GAMBLE | Nov 10, 2010 5:25:25 PM
DJ will be traded before long because larry isn't going to accept him the way he is. Gifted offensively and limited defensively. DJ will then become a very good starter for another team. Mark my words.
Posted by: crymeariver | Nov 10, 2010 5:47:30 PM
THIS IS NOT NFL NEWS!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: dbigcat | Nov 10, 2010 8:26:08 PM
gamble......perkins is out until atleast february, shaq is hardly healthy, o'neal is for now but odds are he'll miss time, erden is only going to play when other guys are out. you will never see all of those guys healthy and on the active roster at the same time. we do not need ericka dampier.
kwame gets healthy we have him and mohameed with boris and tyrus and derrick brown as a 5 man front court rotation with diop there if everybody gets hurt and dies and hell freezes and we want to go big even though going small is more successful for us.
Posted by: charlottean | Nov 12, 2010 1:54:45 PM
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