Was that a poem? There are things that a coach can control and there are things that a coach cannot control. * At most levels (in college, you can recruit), a coach has to play the hand he is dealt. For MC, he has some talent, but the problem is that the talent isn't balanced between the positions. The only thing MC can do is be creative in how he tries to maximize the talent he is putting on the floor. As a coach, you can experiment a little, but at some point, the constant changing of lineups and rotations really appears as if MC is grasping at straws. * A coach needs to communicate his expectations and the role for each player. This seems to be a big issue at many levels of basketball. You often hear: "I don't know why I'm not playing. Ask the coach." You have to wonder what Kwame Brown is thinking these days. * A coach by himself does not control the outcome of individual games. A coach should put players on the floor in situations where they have the best chance to succeed, but ultimately it is the players that have to pass, score, rebound, defend and execute. * In-game adjustments (changing defensive assignments, running certain plays, slow it down, speed it up, etc.) by a coach can improve chances for winning, but again, the players have to make plays. I had a kid on my 7th grade team this past year that could break a press by himself. It didn't matter what press break I told the team to run. If the ball got in this kid's hands, we were golden. * I played basketball for over 20 years before I first coached. The same thing with baseball. Playing and coaching are two completely different beasts. It takes a few years before you really become comfortable coaching a sport. I'm afraid MC is learning on the job. The Pistons are losing as a consequence.