would be that maybe it came a few years late.
Pete Carill is as sound a fundamental coach
as there is. His Princeton teams routinely
beat more talented teams because of that fundamental
execution. The Kings' talents suit his passing,
screening, offensive style. While I've often
criticized Adelman in the past, and still
don't think he's among the elite NBA coaches,
when he has a team at 10-3 w/o his MVP candidate
is not a particularly good time to make a
case to dump him, eh? Odds are, no coach has
ever been fired while having a 77% winning
percentage, with or without all his stars.
I for one like to watch a well-executed half-court
offense. I have only seen one Kings game so
far but was very impressed with their passing,
motion offense for much of that game.
Nets aren't just a "game" team;
they are a good team. Now that they have the
best PG in the NBA instead of a talented loser
and now that their starting forwards are both
healthy and Martin has a year of experience
under his belt, they are a GOOD team. Three
stars and role players is a formula for doing
well. I predicted pre-season that they'd make
the playoffs (as a low seed) and their lack
of depth may keep them from getting a high
seed, but right now, they are playing about
as well as anyone in the league. Very impressive
win by the Kings. I didn't see last night's
game, but sometimes "ugly" is in
the eye of the beholder. Good defense can
make play look ragged at times.
blanket of snow........sounds so Christmasy.
.......We never get a white Christmas in San
to the Kings on the win last night! The Nets
are a new and improved team, so this was not
really like Peja. I remember someone posting
when CWeb got injured that if the team could
hold onto .500 while he was out everything
would be fine. Well, at 10-3 I think you're
doing a good job! And Peja is taking over.
I hope it's a smooth transition when Webber
it's just because I remember when win number
10 would come sometime in January, late December,
if we were on a tear and was almost halfway
to our total wins for the season.
I remember thinking 'someday, this franchise
will be good, dammit!' I look around now,
and I don't see much to complain about, personally.
A great bunch of guys (who can actually really
play) a coaching staff who has brought greater
success each and every season they've been
here, respect from the media and opposing
teams, players and coaches (well, except for
the lakers, we haven't earned their respect
yet, but we will.)
I remember what it was like when this franchise
sucked, and trust me, this ain't it.
I was first in line to tell St. Jean not to
let the door hit him on the way out (great
guy - terrible coach) I certainly don't feel
the same way about Eddie Jordan. Besides being
Chris Mills' long lost twin brother (separated
at birth?) I think Fast Eddie did a credible
enough job with the team that he should have
been given one more year with the much improved
the Maloofs' moves that is one of the only
ones which I have disagreed with. Jordan preached
defense, didn't bow to the demands of the
players and rewarded effort. Those last two
qualities were displayed when he pulled OP
from the starting lineup in favor of the undrafted
and energetic Yogi Stewart (my former schoolmate).
This was the genesis of the famous spitting
incident which further endeared OP to us Kings
fans. I LIKED Jordan, and I wouldn't have
minded at all if he was the coach during the
lockout year. Now if he had failed to get
the Kings to the playoffs that year then .
for the criticism of Adelman. EVERY coach
is criticized. Laker fans were down on Jackson
about his handling of Shaq and Kobe's differences
last season (in the end it was Bryant and
O'Neal, NOT Phil who reconciled things). More
recently he has been criticized about (and
by) Shaq regarding him missing practice and
his conditioning habits.
has pointed out Larry Brown's faults on several
occasions. George Karl is accused of occasionally
losing focus and of being too antagonistic
with management as well as airing team business
with the media (Brown does this as well).
Jerry Sloan is too set in his ways. Pat Riley
pushes too hard, alienating players. Van Gundy
is too loyal to the point of costing his team
wins. Popovich was always considered mediocre
until Tim Duncan arrived. Dan Issel had his
players walk out on him! Doug Collins is too
emotional. Alvin Gentry's substitutions and
lineup changes are too erratic. And none of
the young coaches (Thomas, Rivers, Carlisle,
Cheeks, Scott, Lucas) has won anything yet.
I understand that there will always be criticism
of Adelman. I personally don't agree with
a lot of his substitution patterns. He plays
guys too many minutes for my taste. But its
a minor complaint. As JB pointed out, where
are the kudos for the good moves he and his
staff make? The smart substitutions, the improved
defensive and rebounding effort, the more
innovative and moving offense this season?
Criticizing the coach for missed free throws?
Give me a break.
what critics of Adelman have NEVER done, and
likely never will, is tell us what coach is
out there that would do a job more to their
liking. Considering that the Kings are a team
with immediate championship aspirations and
a limited window of opportunity for their
BEST shot at a title (unless a good center
can be found when Vlade hangs them up), a
rookie NBA head coach is probably not an option.
can't think of any current assistants who
are can't miss head coach prospects right
now anyway (Scott and Carlisle were the closest).
Unless of course you want to grab Donnie Nelson
- I don't. And the track record for college
coaches isn't good at all. So who's left?
NBA retreads. I hear Mike Dunleavy is available.
So is Mike Fratello. Dick Vitale has some
(bad) NBA experience. He's a HIGH RISER BAABY!!
Can we get Chuck Daly out of retirement AGAIN?
The Magic did it. Hey, is Dick Motta still