Originally Posted by Rameek
Gelling does effect players offensively as well as defensively. Have you not played organized sports? I assume you havent.
Let me explain something. You have to learn new plays and a whole new language. Not only offensively but defensively as well. I may say down, low, behind, green to mean a man is open behind me. On another team low may mean rotate to the lowest post player and double.
I played on two baseball teams and two football teams at the same time and there were so many times I was out of position or i misread the managers sign because the language/signs were different from the other team. I made many mistakes and it took time to remember all those things. Being out of position allows team to score easily.
As fans we just assume you get a bunch of guys on the floor and go like its a YMCA pick up game and it doesnt work like that. Now I will say this if the coach doesnt take time to practice defense then its his fault. But they are teaching a bunch key guys a NEW offense as well.
"effort" and "energy" is something we can complain about on the defensive end. For sure. Chauncey and whoever is in the locker room can say whatever they want about defense but if you have practice and the coach spends the whole time installing offense and never defense then it would be Dumbtoni's fault but we are not prevy to such information!
I have played organized sports (and I was pretty much good at it,especially on the defensive end) and I understand what are you talking about.
But man,get real.
This team won't play defense this season no matter how long they play together.
They simply don't try.
Of course you will play better defense if you get used to each other but if you don't try to play it then it's completely irrelevant how much you play together.
Team before the trade was well gelled and they still weren't playing defense.
Give us a new coach and I can guarantee that our defense would much better in matter of months.