Flip has won me over. He's dropped the media friendly doublespeak in his interviews. He's frank about the deficiencies of the team, quick to criticize poor play, and has squeezed more offense out of Lindsey Hunter and Mo Evans than most people thought possible. I'm not saying the players don't deserve a large share of the credit, but even the biggest Flip doubter, after casting aside their Darko/Delfino PT beefs, has to admit that he has conquered many of the concerns we all had prior to the start of the season. This team is prepared. Unbelievably so. In fact, in the areas of scheming and scouting, he's exceeded Larry Brown, whom I now think relied more on traditional principles and in game adjustments, than out and out game planning for war. For example, look at the sophisticated positional defense being played against the Cavs. Even Mo Evans when forced to guard LeBron is shading to his right hand side, giving him the baseline drive to the help defender(s). And we're all quick to admit that Mo looks lost and overmatched at times on defense, but the practice and preparation is paying off. LeBron is actually passing out of one on one defense against Mo, not because Evans is a fearsome defender, but that his preferred spots and lanes are not available. The scheme is making LeBron passive. Then there is the exploitation of matchups. Sure, we're never happy if Sheed isn't in the post, but by drawing players like Marshall and Gooden to the perimeter, creates great spacing and limits their physicality. And Tay. Tay, Tay, Tay. His offense against LeBron, forcing James to think at both ends of the court, has been tremendous. This is by design. LBJ is overrated as a defender, and still has not learned how to play his opponents either through study, strength or position. The less LeBron takes over on offense (because he's being zone defended) the more pressure falls on his shoulders. The more he is forced to defend (which he does poorly in my opinion), the more scrutiny and pressure he faces. Until we witness the ascendence of LeBron, exploiting his youth and relative inexperience is a sound strategy. This is Flip. Larry would have put Tay on an island, demanded that everyone rotate and collapse leaving the perimeter open for players like Donyell Marshall and Damon Jones to set up camp. By taking LeBron out of his comfort zone and limiting turnovers by bolstering Billups confidence, LeBron's transition game (and that of Larry Hughes) has been negated. Instead of the Pistons succumbing to the trey bomb, we're putting other squads in a position to be exploited by targeting their lack of mobile personnel with length. How important has Flip been? He's the only major change from last year. The results speak for themselves. Witness it. Detroit sports franchises (in particular the Pistons) and fans have been notoriously hard on the coaches. But after this season, I reckon that Flip would be the apple of at least 20 GMs' eyes.