Posted by: Jake on June 21st, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Ok let’s be real… First of all how many times have we seen talent that was unoticed or undeveloped be found once the player gets with the right team and coach? I know talent is wonderful to have and you can’t make CJ Miles play like HARDEN…. Ain’t gonna happen. But, I would say why westbrook, Harden and Durant are who they are is because a large part of that has to do with the coach.
Yes we need to get rid of Bell, Yes we need more shooters, yes we need a pass first point guard (IF WE RUN A JAZZ SYSTEM) which we haven’t been. But the point is that we have good talent as it sits. We need a few mor peices but the coaching has to be what gets that talent to play well together, do their assignments right, be in position to rebound cause of a coordinated offense, or be ready shoot. Thats all part of a team having rolls defined and responibilies set in place without failure.
We haven’t been playing a Jazz system. If you call dribbling the ball down to half court pass to the wing, waste 7 seconds off the clock acting like we’re going to pass to slashers that don’t believe they are going to get the ball so why slash, and then ulimately dropping the ball down to a single dimension offense of Al making a post move… then yeah I guess we are playing the NEW JAZZ BASKETBALL system, but that isn’t the old system.
I don’t say that because I necessarily want the old jazz system, cause I don’t… It’s just shows that we don’t have a good basketball system, and that comes down to coaching. To say all of a sudden that changes cause we get more procatise time and a pre-season… I don’t know, that seems like a big excuse after playing a whole season and actually becoming less multi-dimensional as the season went on. I would thing you would see more development and progression to be seen rather than so much relying on AL to put up push shots.
Lets look at Popovich. They killed us… They have guys that play above their level of play anywhere else because he defines roles and sets things up for success through demanding each person to follow the system exactly. They’re yelled at or benched if not in a way the only Pop can get away with while still having a good relationship with his players. I know they got killed by OKC and that will be my second point so I’ll get back to that, but he gets players to shoot the ball with confidence and make the right play or pass over and over. Many times you see players that aren’t known for their good shooting become dead eye shooters because they get the ball in the same way and know what to expect over and over so it just becomes automatic. He has a true system.
Now to my second point. OKC looked like they were in trouble after the first 2 games in SA. However they made adjustments the Jazz didn’t make with switching on every screen and it disrupted everything SA was doing to breakdown a defense and either easily score with Parker in the paint or play pass around the perimeter and find the open 3 point jumper. Once they took dribble penetration away from SA it was game over. No easy shots in the pain means no open looks on the perimiter (although Steven Jackson did let that stop him…..what a beast!) Anyway, they then went to a style of play that they didn’t use most of the year in Ginobli doing more one on one killing the team thing they had going. They went more single dimensional. Thats what caused the Jazz to be killed. So we have to contribute the coaching change and game plan to be by far the biggest impact in what OKC did to win that series. Ok and maybe SEFO doing an amazing job on defense in game 3 to turn things around and set the tone.
We can get our talent to do better through coaching as it is. Harris can expected to play a certain way every game. Pop told players he needs NASTY from them… Harris, you’re to nice…. Stop floppin and start getting nasty. He’s fast, he played healthy most of the year and though I wonder how the ball goes in with his sideways rotation on the ball, he proved to be able to shoot the 3 very well down the stretch, he showed clutch plays and good effort at times. We need much better passing from him, better ball control, consistency in his effort that will come with a system and more leadership as the floor general. Or if we’re going to be more of a wing team like OKC or Miami then we need more defined rolls out of Burks and Hayward…. Point being that each player needs to know what their roll is, define it, get used to certain looks and play that way over and over taking what the other team gives you, and making adjustements as needed.
Every player we have can do much better and that comes from a system and a coach that really perfects that system and develops players. Just look at the growth of Westbrook, very impressive. Sorry for the typos… I don’t proof this stuff so ignore my bad english
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