Report Card For Management
Let's start with James Dolan. To me all I can say is what I see. The first word that comes to mind is clueless. He has no idea what he is doing. I really doubt that he knows anything about sports, especially an inner city game like basketball. He doesn't know or care about the history of this franchise and seems to be overly sensitive to criticism to the point of being paranoid. He has done some very questionable things concerning operational decisions. Both from a media aspect and the team itself. In other words he an incompetent nabob who seems like a sheltered little boy who never grew up.
Now it's Zeke's turn. Gee, were do I start? As for talent evaluating he is well above average and has a great eye for players who have skills and can see their potential. So to me he is a super scout.
As a GM he spent a lot of money and made this franchise into a laughing stock in the NBA. I'm sure Stern is not happy about what Isiah has done. He seems not to think things out and goes for the big score and the quick fix. Hey, Zeke.....it doesn't work. But a lot of those same people are not laughing now considering what he has done with Curry and the drafting of some really good young talent, not to mention the Morris signing.
As a coach he is not a good court manager. He has crazy rotations. His players looked confused and hesitant to the point of being afraid to make a mistake. Yet he seems to coddle players sometimes. He played guys that he should have just sent home. Why did he even bother playing James for 5 minutes a game as a starter. That logic was beyond my comprehension and everything he tried did not work. Because they were just not very good basketball decisions. They were not logical and seemed odd or strange. He could not get a lot of his players to play hard, there was no drive to win games. Why did he play James over Cato? Why did he play James over Morris at the end of the season when everything looked hopeless, find out what the guy can do and give him a taste. When did he never even run a play for Frye, I mean never!!! This team looked lost out there so many times. How many games did he let get away without calling a timeout. How many defensive lapses, how many games did we get blown out at the beginning.
Why have we had so many injuries?
There have been some bright spots but so many strange goings on that I can't understand the logic behind.
I really do not see us winning until we have a real coach and either Zeke steps down or learns from his mistakes as a GM.
He is not a good coach, he's below average.
He has to get rid of Francis and James any way he can. He has to eat next season and not worry about playoffs. He has to do one thing and that is to keep teaching and developing the young talent but most of all get rid of anybody who does not mind losing. You need players that hate losing. It's a mentality that has to be developed along with their on the court skills.
There was an article in the Post a few days back and Malik Rose said the same thing. There are too many guys around who don't care about winning.