Discussion in 'Pistons and NBA' started by Latinoking90, Oct 2, 2008.
Is Bill Laimbeer teaching the Pistons Bad Boys Defense? This is good news.
I honestly think that we are witnessing the emergence of a great coach. He played the right way as a player. He values hard work. He's a good communicator/ leader based on his playing and union experience. He focuses on fundamentals-- defense, points in the paint, conditioning He came up the ranks under Joe Dumars and has JD's stamp of approval. I was wary at first, mainly because I was hoping for Laimbeer, but at this point, I think that Curry was the better decision. LB had a tough job here because he had to teach CB how to play championship ball, he had to optimize Ben Wallace's defensive skills while working him into the offense, and he had to incorporate Sheed into the mix mid-season. Flip Saunders had an easier job, but his main challenge was to motivate a cocky team that thought they could try only when it mattered. We don't know if Curry has it easy or hard yet. The team is far enough removed from the ship and has had enough failures that they should be motivated. However, they are significantly older than in '04.
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Awkward Interviews: Rodney Stuckey - It's Just Sports - The Flint Journal - MLive.com He interviews Afflalo also. Awkward Interviews: Arron Afflalo - It's Just Sports - The Flint Journal - MLive.com
I sure hope you're correct on this one. But I'll believe it when I see it. These past few years turned me into some kind of skeptic who hopes for the best and prepares for the worst.
He definitely know what to say in a interview. Every once in a while he says something that could pass off as being "too cocky" about himself but it's just motivation for himself. I can't wait to watch him this whole season. He gon be a beast.
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I think I understand what you're saying, but I see it a little different ... LB was a ridiculous drama queen, but he was a great coach and motivator ... he set the bar way too high for most coaches to reach. Flip wasn't a great motivator and he wasn't a great coach before he got here. He inherited the exact same team that went to the finals the year before (pressure's HUGE). He needed to do something that he wasn't able to do to begin with. It didn't help that he shot off his mouth in training camp either ... stating that Darko was better than he thought. Dumb.
Curry may be full of crap, but he sure says the right thing and has me believing. Hearing him talk about defining roles instead of bench minutes is the opposite of Flip. LB's trademark is browbeating his PG's. I don't think Curry will do that, but it seems he will harp on the team as a whole. This team does need to focus on the little things. They were the only team to win in Boston in the playoffs. (For the moment we'll ignore the fact that they were the only to team to lose at home to them - and they did it twice.) With a coach they could have won G5 also. This year they'll only have to worry about Sharpe falling asleep on the bench.
Looks like players are also believing, which is as important.
When we actually started selling the "tough team" and "blue collar" label, we been becoming less of it in the last three years. I'm just not gonna buy what these guys are selling me unless I actually see it.
I believe in defense, and I believe in Michael Curry.
I believe that Curry will try all the things, the question is how the players will respond. I sure hope they follow through.
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