Originally Posted by lakerfreak
Now hold on a second there DK, you called out MB for having 4 hour practices. You said all of Phil's were less than an hour. Now you're knocking on D'Antoni for having defense practices for half an hour?
IMO, with a team full of players that know HOW to play D, you don't agree half an hour is a good amount for a team full of veterans?
What do you want from a veteran team?
What you failed to read was that I was NOT saying have the guys RUN around for 2 hours, I said work on defense strategy and team defense philosophy.....a large part of which can be done in a walkthrough, this allows players to absorb and ask questions better, once they understand then you scrimmage it to see how they perform and if something is not right you yell freeze and explain to the person where they should be and why. This doesn't take much physical energy but works miracles for a defense.
MB's practices were 100% nonsense, he could talk for 1,000 hours and never make any sense, he is an idiot.
I never said Phil's practices were 1 hour, I said Jerry Sloan's practices were only 45 minutes....and by the 47th minute he was in his car......but the man got more done in 45 minutes than 'Antoni or Brown could get done in a season.
Phil's practice length varied widely.
What is so hard for you to understand about team defense? It doesn't matter how good a group of players are at individual defense if they don't know what their teammates are doing.....what the hell do you think happens when someone sets a screen or pick if your teammate doesn't know what he is supposed to be doing....you can't just simply stay on your man......and what about help defenders......someone picks up your guy you pick up theirs....but if the coach isn't sure about wtf he's doing then this message isn't being given........what about not leaving the hot shooter....or when to close him out or deny the ball? There are a ton of things involved in team defense......dude, please read some books or something.....you gotta get up to speed.