Originally Posted by lakerfreak
For the record, I never wanted Kurt Rambis to be coach. Guys like Shaq used to complain that most of his practices were running his players. I wouldn't want a guy like that to be the voice of the team. He's also a great defensive mind. Built a defensive scheme for Phil that fell in line with Phil's offense. That was one of the most spectacular defensive schemes I'd ever seen. But I agree, I wouldn't want him to coach.
As for understanding the game. This is where we will disagree. Basketball can be as simple as knowing what move to make at what time when other players make decisions. It is simply a game of chemistry. How does this person react when this guy moves in that direction. Its about spacing, and having players play where they are comfortable. So I don't see why you think nobody understands the game as much as you do. It's a bit arrogant to make that claim when you know none of us who post on here. I may not know the 80's basketball history and earlier. I guess you can blame my parents for having me 1987.
But never question my love, knowledge, and passion for the game. Secondly, never question my love for the lakers as a fan, even if my ideas are completely conflicting with yours. These are things which you do not know of. You have never coached an NBA game, and yet you have harsh criticisms of MB, so let me use this standard to my advantage for a second and say that just because you coached AAU basketball doesn't make you a more "knowledgable" person than any fan who posts on here. Back in the day we had great posters who knew a lot about the game just by understanding basketball how it was played under Pat Riley, Phil Jackson, and other great names who brought intelligent high IQ basketball to Los Angeles.
Well again....I do try not to offend good folks like you who think you know a helluva lot more than they do and will not listen, no matter how much someone else is right well in advance.
Being a very highly successful coach for over 25 years at any level means you are a good coach.....now arguing coaching with someone who knows nothing about coaching is a waste of time that I am no longer going to bother with.
As for my qualifications to discuss NBA coaching....well let's see.....I have discussed players and strategy with some of the greatest minds in the game since the early 1960's, this continues today.....current NBA players, ex-NBA players, current NBA coaches, former coaches, former GMs and other NBA execs. Over time through experience and lengthy discussions about the game I managed to learn a ton about the game, when I talk to guys now we have the same views which are quite often contrary to the stuff being said on here......but I am amused by some of it. When I was young, some of the stuff I thought about, I now laugh about....the difference between the loyal fan brain and the experienced coach brain......I know the difference.
I am still sought out to teach and train players aside from my normal coaching...yes I even have turned down opportunities to work with pros on a regular basis although I have helped. One player, a former Laker who is still in the NBA.....I gave a hell NO to because I think he is who he is and is beyond help.....I don't know why he still has a job, he sucks!!!
Now, I have NEVER questioned your loyalty to the team, you are a great FAN and your rose colored glasses look at the team, coaches and ownership reminds me of myself as a kid.....I do not mean that as an insult.....if you want to think you know more about the game that I do, then please.....have fun with that.