It doesn't have to be all or nothing. Doc has his flaws, but it doesn't have to mean he has no positive help for a team. Tobias has played well under him.MartinToVaught wrote:wco81 wrote:og15 wrote:It was a tough finish for them, even the FT's didn't drop
If they lose this series no way they can keep Doc, who’s coached like 4 or 5 big collapse in the playoffs in the last two seasons. Either cursed or incompetence.
Doc's only elite skills as a coach are making excuses and deflecting blame. It's how he kept his job here for so long through all the collapses, and likely why the Celtics didn't fire him after their historic 18-game losing streak with prime Pierce. No way he's getting fired this early in Philly.
Doc is going to use Ben Simmons as the scapegoat for this year, and it will work because Simmons is such a polarizing player. However, what will be conveniently left out of the narrative is that Mr. Master Motivator couldn't motivate Ben to work on his game or shoot the ball. Doc is a total doormat for his teams' stars, he never holds them accountable for anything. The only star who's ever improved under Doc is Blake Griffin, and that had nothing to do with Doc's "coaching." Blake was just self-motivated and had an insane work ethic that few ever gave him credit for, the polar opposite of Simmons.
Blake specifically said when Doc came that the difference between him and VDN was that they directed him on how to work on his game and where they wanted to use him on the floor, and that's how he tailored his off-season work.
Embiid just had his career best offensive season under Doc.
DJ who was a borderline/lower level star under with Doc improved under Doc because Doc honed in his game and said this is what you need to do. Basically don't try to be like a McGee at the time who wanted to show he had offensive skills and would make bonehead plays trying to do too much. Focus on defense and rebounding as your calling card.
Doc's constant problem seems to be that he has a hard time going away from his set rotations and adjusting his lineups drastically. There's just no universe where I can imagine Doc benching a healthy Beverley for a whole series, sidelining Rondo, bringing guys who are the 9th and 10th guys into the top 7-8 rotation, etc, etc. The reason I say this is because Doc simply has never done that in all his years of coaching, regardless of the depth on his team.
He continues to say, "this has been working, it will work", and while to some extent there's truth that you don't just dump everything after a bad half, game, etc, there's also the need to see what the situation calls for, and Doc seems to never feel comfortable making big changes. I can understand doing that in his first years of coaching, but with his history and at this point, you would think he would have adjusted.