Maf wrote:Reading all of those complains about Malone I am thinking- don't you guys remember? How excited these forums were when Nuggets fired Karl and replaced him with Shaw (he will bring that championship pedigree)? What happened? Dark years of unwatchable basketball.
Our coach broughts us to WCF and without couple of really stupid mistakes (if I say rebounding I bet you all can think at least three situation where you were shaking your heads) they were really close to win two or three games at least.
Seems to me that players like playing for him and respect him. Maybe MPj not. But Murray and Jokic do. It's hard to give credits for player develepments, defense etc. to Malone because I don't think any of us really knows how involved is he and how much praise deserve his assistants.
I think we watched really great season, our young team made another progres, showed a lot of heart, lot of promises for the future. So it would be really stupid to change coach just for a change. I mean if you could bring someone like Spoelstra or Stevens then yes. But someone wrote McMillan who got swepted three out of last four searies. This is really stupid idea.
And I don't support those last possesions Plums subs too. I don't think he is good defender at all. It is also true that Jokic has usually five fouls there...
Well I was one of the few that said that Karl should not be fired prior to it happening, and while I understand why he got fired (he himself has said he aggressively got in Josh Kroenke's face and demanded a raise and extension for him and his staff) I was nowhere near excited when they fired him..
If you look at the dates of when people were calling for him to be fired, it was in round 1 when we were down 3-1 and the early part of the Clippers season. Considering what has happened since I would say it is hard to argue that this team would not have been underachieving if they lost in round 1 especially in going out 4-1 or 4-2.
I agree players seem to like playing for Malone. I will also say that head coaches get the blame when guys don't develop, so he should get the credit when they do, especially since they oversee the process.
I said even in my posts that there was no way Malone got fired for this season, but if we lost to the Jazz he would have deserved too. Now he will likely get an extension and I am not sure he deserves that either. I think he is an above average coach, but I still wonder if he can win a championship.