Originally Posted by Ataf
You might disagree with Steph A Smith, but he's speaking facts here. D'antoni can't win championships, you need some actual defense. Has he really never had a top 20 defensive team in his whole coaching career? Never liked him as a coach, I really don't think having Nash and Howard, and shunning Kobe and Gasol - making them 3rd or 4th options- will work out. But we'll see.
Is that on D'Antoni though? Or that on the GM?
Alvin Gentry ran his classic "7 sec offense" and the Suns came within a Ron Artest rebound of taking the Lakers to 7 games in the WC finals a few years ago. That team was VERY good.... but it was because Steve Kerr was actually smart enough to bring in some good pieces. Guys who could shoot AND play D.