WolfAddict wrote:At least they are aware of where the problems are... What they do with that information is where the real questions lay though
Are they really aware?
They claim they lost their best defender when Towns is out. Really, Towns is known for defense?
If Towns was/is our best defender do you think it's possible our POBO has borked the roster construction? He's only flipped the roster almost entirely like 2.5 times already. He held onto Okogie as a defensive specialist but wants to play him up against larger players he has no business defending ultimately nullifying his reach leverage just to try and match up.
11 players on the roster are under 220lbs.
8 players are 200lbs or below.
That might be a part of the defensive issue.
Another issue, the constant guard and point additions.
This offseason. Added Rubio, Edwards who thinks he's a Harden Point, Hagan, Bolmaro.
This came after the addition of Dlo and Beasley in the spring who needed more floor time, not less. They already had Culver and Okogie from the two previous drafts. They had JMac which was the cheapest access to real talent they ever had. But now they were going to have to find time for Rubio and Edwards as well. The Hagan, Bolmaro choices were just fodder. They don't have room for all these guards and it plowed the team into what we've seen this year. An additional trouble being the new guard additions from this offseason have struggled to be efficient shooters as guards.
More illogical problems...
We can thrust Edwards into early playing roles as a rook.
Just like last year thrusting Culver into early playing roles as a rook.
But they hide McDaniels from playing anything other than final blowout minutes.
The team can't put scoring pressure on the opponent when the players you are playing can't efficiently shoot. The quotes saying players just got sick of losing and showed more defense also ignores a few facts, that both Dlo and Beasley were allowed their more typical roles and to shoot more threes lately while Edwards had to take a dip in playing time and ball focus, and they've played Vanderbilt more and Layman less (dnp). These are big changes from how they started this season planning to play and causing the losses.
These things point to the POBO and Coaches not knowing their own players well enough before the season, not seeing how best to fit them together before the season. Needing constant trial and error each game to find out what works and what doesn't and taking their sweet old time figuring it out. Sort of understandable when your offseason player selections don't seem to fit all your previous player moves and you have no time in the offseason to see it all first hand. But when we can see the logjam problems before they even play, why can't the PoBO and Coaches? Why did they thrust Edwards and Culver into onball possession instagating roles so often when you have Dlo/Rubio? They even had Beasley trying to initiate more. You must ask why. The answer will tell you the reason they were willing to lose these games, willing to have near zero chemistry, willing to look defenseless as they logjammed themselves with guards all trying to initiate offense and all being told to. There is a reason why. But if nobody starts asking why, they will be able to give you quotes like lately, such as that the team finally decided to play defense. Which isn't really what happened at all.