After returning from the locker room alone, Porter told the media that Nash might soon take a greater hand in this offense by controlling the ball more frequently. Nash could then create plays, shots and spacing. Effectively, it means the offense no longer starts in the post.
"It's a lot easier to control turnovers from one guy than from 12 guys," Porter said.
And then the coach tossed the window open:
"If Formula 1 isn't working, you go to Formula 2," he added.
To recap: In one busy day, Porter called his team off the court, proving who's in charge. Then he admitted the potential error of his offensive design and showed a willingness to change. It was nice to see a coach hold everyone accountable.
I think this is a good sign - by changing his offensive system, he's showing some flexibility. He's also meeting with his players and in particular, Stoudemire. When the coach doesn't talk to unsatisfied players, things can only get worse - so he's taking a positive step by speaking directly with Amare. Let's hope any issues resolve soon.
I have a lot more faith in a Nash-controlled offense than the turnover-prone throw-the-ball-at-Shaq system we've had in this last stretch of games. I think we'll see a lot more pick and rolls, as well as a lot more off-ball cutting by players ready to receive passes from Nash. More fast break points too. In short, if all this talk works out in actual game play, the offense should look much closer to what we had last year.
I think that article is being a bit too dramatic by saying this is "either the beginning, or the beginning of the end" - we still have over 60 games to tinker with things. But nonetheless, this next stretch of games will be very important. At New Orleans, at Dallas, host Utah, (host Milwaukee), at Lakers, host Orlando - let's go Suns! With Nash back in charge, we'll run them out of the building