5 Men On A Single String … Kudos to Larry Brown
What the No. 1 Team Defense in the NBA looks like, up close and personal:
When yours truly has to read repeated nonsense like this …
“The actual contributions which a head coach makes to a successful NBA team are quite minimal, in comparison with the overall quality of the players on a team’s roster” – NBA Team Fan X …
scattered across the internet, it can be nauseating.
The simple facts are these:
1. Great Team Defense does not happen on its own.
2. Great Team Defense does not happen just because a specific squad is filled with outstanding players who have top notch “NBA talent/athleticism”.
3. Great Team Defense comes from actually having a great coach who knows exactly how to teach his/her players to execute with tenacity, discipline and teamwork, at the defensive end of the floor, on each and every possession.
4. A great defensive basketball coach is capable of making:
i. A collection of “poor” players exponentially better than the sum of their individual talents, and into a highly competitive team.
ii. A collection of ”good” players substantially better than the sum of their individual talents, and into a legitimate contending team.
iii. A collection of ”outstanding” players significantly better than the sum of their individual talents, and into a league title-winning team.
What the Charlotte Bobcats look like on D, in this specific video clip, should serve as Defense 101 for aspiring basketball coaches everywhere.
Those who seek to de-value the actual contributions which are made by a top notch NBA head coach to the formulation of a first rate contending team simply do not understand how this game works.