Originally Posted by Thug
The coaching was fine last year.
A good coach is one who gets the team to play well both on the individual level (in terms of buying into the defensive system and motivating them to put in the effort to match what that system espouses) and on the team level (in terms of dictating the Xs and Os and demanding the unselfish play to carry it out), regardless of roster changes.
Look at Jacque Vaughn, or Frank Vogel, or Mike Dunlap, or Mark Jackson, or Monty Williams or Tyrone Corbin. ALL of them are in their first head coaching position and ALL of them have had to deal with either a severe lack of talent on the roster or considerable personnel changes, or both. It's no coincidence the bottom-of-the-barrel talent level Magic, Bobcats and Hornets are playing better than us in spite of that, or that teams with talent (Pacers, Warriors, Jazz) who lost long tenured coaches managed to maintain or even improve their teams performance.
There's an old adage in basketball, "Players win, coaches lose" Dwane Casey is definitely the one losing us games here.