drazz wrote:--no defense. Of course, a lot of the play is individualized, especially when we play man defense. Nellie did try to minimize this, and would switch between man and zone early in the year, but now he relies on the zone too much. And he certainly does not seem to have taught it well. Miller for 45? Career day for Sefolosha? That means no adjustment from Nellie. (Yes, BD and SJax are some of our best, but we were still losing with them in the game.)
The defense was poor long before Nelson took the team over. Last season (and the year before that), our defense was absolutely abysmal. Now, at least we're forcing turnovers. We're still not a team capable of making a series of stops, but when the Warriors win the tempo battle they force a ton of turnovers (more than any other team in the league, I believe). You can credit that to Don Nelson. Prior to this season, the Warriors defense was middle-school-level (and that's being polite). Even though individual, man-to-man defense still isn't our strength (and never will be, with our current roster), I credit Nelson for at least giving us a system that plays to our strengths.
drazz wrote:--No game adjustment. The game plan does not seem to change based on opponent. Its just, "Go run." And, no half-time adjustment. Take the Bulls game again. Bulls up 4 at the half, then pull off a 33-11 3rd quarter, based on exploiting the weaknesses they have found, while the W's just continue to chuck the ball when they have no open break.
The Bulls game was primarily (if not purely) a fatigue issue. Jason Richardson, Monta Ellis, Kelenna Azuibuke, and Al Harrington all ran out of steam in the middle of the 3rd quarter. Usually, Nelson would be swapping subs throughout the game to prevent that, but he was missing 3 regular people from his rotation.
Nevertheless, I see your point... and I would argue that Nelson's goal would be to have the other team adjust to the Warriors' style. If Nelson slowed the game down to contain an inside force on the other team, the Warriors would sink fast. By keeping to his own scheme, Nelson's trying to win the tempo battle (which, ultimately, is what decides when the Warriors win or lose).
drazz wrote:--no half court offense. Sorry, can't play in the league without a half court offense. Mavs are a run team, but have a strong 1/2; same with the Suns. The only 1/2 play I have seen run regularly, is a pick and roll with Biedrins. Nice play, but its can't be the only thing. (Yes, BD back will help, but teh W's were not too successful here with him around either)
I don't know about that; the Warriors showed a ton of half-court offense in their 2 meetings earlier in the season against New Orleans and San Antonio. Jason Richardson is a half-court player; when they feed him the ball in a half court setting, it goes in. The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is Baron Davis being on the shelf. Monta Ellis, while improving, is not a PG yet... and if we put Sarunas out there, we abandon the running scheme that makes us so dangerous. Nelson likes the pick&roll, the screen&roll, and isolation plays in the post (usually, to Jackson, Richardson, or Davis).
But, other than that, what else could the Warriors run? Their big man isn't strong enough to run a triangle offense, they don't have a stud that they can ride, and most of their big men aren't offensively savy. This team is built around 2 people: Baron Davis, the distributor, and Jason Richardson, the scorer.
So far this year, we have yet to really see those two lock into each other (the way they did prior to this season).
drazz wrote:--erratic substitutions. Some days, Nellie only seems to play the starters, leaving them to run out of gas, and almost never subbing. Other days, he seems to throw new guys in with no thought to the combos on the floor. I cannot determine any kind of pattern he might be using, other than who he has friendly feeling for that day. (YEs, injuries dictate SOME of this.)
The only time I've seen Nelson purely ride his starters is when he's limping from injury. Other than that, Nelson has done an excellent job this season of riding the hot hand. How many times has Matt Barnes led the team in scoring? Or Kelenna Azuibuke? Or Mickael Pietrus? Or Monta Ellis? Nelson's been great about making sure the guy on fire is taking his shots; we don't have a LeBron, Arenas, Dwayne Wade type guy who consistently leads us in scoring (or, at least, until Richardson came back, we didn't).
drazz wrote:--degrading players. I have NEVER seen a coach insult his players as much as Nellie. It CAN be a motivational tool when used right, but we hve a very young team, and I see the verbal abuse effect them. ("Azibuke? I thought Mullin asked if I wanted a sambuko." What a way to introduce one of the hottest D-league players to your team and the NBA.
Come on, that Azuibuke line was purely a joke. He was trying to get a rise out of the media and it worked.
So far this year, Nelson's insulted Dunleavy, Murphy, and Diogu the most... and guess what happened to them? He sat Matt Barnes and snapped him out of his funk, he's praised Baron Davis the entire season, he's encouraged Monta and Biedrins non-stop, and he's always talking about how impressive he thinks Pietrus is. Right now, the only player on the team who could POSSIBLY be seen in Nelly's dog house is Patrick O'Bryant... other than that, he's not insulting anybody anymore!
drazz wrote:--no energy. Nellie looks dead, or dead drunk. He doesn't energize the players; doesn't show any sense of urgency during the game. Ever see him get a technical? Plenty of coaches will do so to get the palyers motivated.
Nelson's off the bench all the time during the game; at least 10-fold from what Montgomery was. And he's about 20 years older than Mike.
True, he's not gonna be as rabid as he used to be, but he's 67 years old. Don Nelson's still got gas left in the tank (you can hear him yelling pretty much every game); I don't think his energy will become an issue until at least next season.
drazz wrote:Now, I had high hopes when I heard he was taking over the team. Maybe he hasn't had the time to work with the players the way he wants, as he was hired late in the summer. Clearly, he has not had a full team the entire season, and that makes getting the players to work together difficult. But, it seems pretty clear to me that his coaching style is NOT helping the team. Therefore, he is one of the problems.
I don't think you can say his coaching style isn't helping the team; he's growing our talent (which Monty NEVER did), he's teaching our players a different way to execute, and he's clearly got more control than any coach we've had since him. Reserve judgement on Nelson until the season's over; we're still in the 8th seed hunt, but everyone's panicing because we're on a slide. Don't trip until May; then we'll see whats up.