Well stated!!!I log in this morning and see a "Fire Larry Brown" thread. WTF? Sure he has made mistakes, but only some are his fault:
1. Small Ball- LB tried to use it pre-Jackson to make us score. Chandler is seriously a negative on offense, worse than anything our imaginations could produce. However, Larry tried/the front office tried to bring in a big over the summer. It just so happened nobody wanted to come here. Maybe we can trade for one, i am sure Larry is looking for a solution to the small ball issue.
2. Not playing Nazr enough - Nazr is our only offensivly gifted player above 6'9. Yet he only gets 16 minutes a night? I know Larry doenst like Nazr's playing style, but still, you NEED a scorer or at least somebody who can score as your center. Tyson Chandler and Diop cannot COMBINE to average 15 points a game. If we give Nazr 20 minutes, i think he will score 15 easily. And we need to play Nazr when it counts. He never plays the 4th quarter! We have to deal with Tyson 'no shit' Chandler who seems to have caught "Kwame Brown Hand Disease" and drops every single ball thrown to him. Larry adapts, maybe he will see this maybe he wont. I am not sure, but hope he does eventually play Nazr more.
3. Good/Bad/Ugly trades -
The good: Diaw trade, Jackson trade
The bad: Vlad-Rad trade, Tyson trade
The ugly: Diop trade
For every gem Larry brings us, a turd acompinies it. He trades for players he needs. I am fine with that. Larry then tries to encorportate them into his system, and is succesful for the most part. I could go on all day anaylzing every trade Larry has made, but i wont. I think he is a decent trader, sometimes we get a steal/sometimes we get stuck with crap.
4. Drafting - On the one hand, Larry drafts for Larry. He gets players he know he can win with. Like DJ. He knew he could win with DJ, so that is who we drafted. BUT Larry doesnt try and draft for team needs. We needed a NBA ready big man and a point guard that year, Larry took a NBA ready point guard and a big man who man never be NBA ready. These decisions carry over to today. We still need a NBA ready big man, their were plenty availble in place of DJ. We could have taken Mario Chamblers with the Lexxxy pick. But living in the past is wrong, and to Larry Brown's benifit every rookie he drafts works for him. So i cant really hold that against him.
It is too early to freak out. We have a long season ahead of us. Plenty of time for a win streak to balance things out. If their is one man for the job, its Larry Brown. He will find the solution. I was one who was in favor of hiring Paul Silas, but since we hired Larry we got the same type of thing Larry brings everwhere: organized madness. But it works, or at least over time it works. Be paicent. Calm down. Larry will do what needs to be done. ILBIT