Re: Official Frank Ntilikina Thread
Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:03 pm
I mean, there's a middle ground between benching guys after one mistake and not holding them accountable at all, which is what we're asking for2010 wrote:I’m likely late to the debate here but I think many believe Fiz isn’t holding the kids accountable cuz they didn’t see outright benchings, being pulled from the lineup for defensive slip-ups, and there was no calling guys out to the media.
Me personally, I hate that type of coaching. Call guys out in the film room, not through the media. Which is why I hated the Larry Brown and Phil Jackson old school tactics. That may have worked back in the days but today’s player is more sensitive and with social media 24/7coverage, and meme culture, it is not effective to operate putting players on blast like that.
What I will say in closure is that this season will determine a lot about Fiz’s coaching and developmental ability. There will be no tanking agenda so we should see him playing to win and a more obvious outlook on his developmental tactics.
The kids should be given freedom to breathe, but if they start forming bad habits, that's a problem. Like, I'm not gonna say we should bench RJ or Knox for being bad at defense, cause they're gonna be bad. But if they're not trying, that's an issue
It's a tightrope you have to walk, and Fiz just didn't last year with Knox. Which is a problem cause Knox thinks he was being held accountable. So now of we start holding him accountable, it'll be that much harder to get him right, cause we didn't try to coax him out of the bad habits from the start
I'll give Fiz credit if he starts holding guys accountable, but he should have started last year. People think we want guys to be benched for the slightest mistake. Absolutely not, that's part of why Frank didn't really develop, cause his leash was too tight, and that's not a viable development strategy
But doing absolutely nothing is just as bad
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