|Guys, you all obviously dislike Isiah, but have his moves really been that bad? Honestly, Jerome James, fine, bad move. I thought he was coming around as a player, but trading for Eddy Curry sealed it as an awful move. Trading for Marbury, a lot of people call it a bad move now, but at the time, it was a pretty good one, considering the Knicks made the playoffs and seemed to be headed in the right direction. The problem with the team is the 100 million dollar contract handed out to Allen Houston by previous management. And why aren't any of you calling for Larry Brown's accountability? Flip Saunders is doing better with the Pistons than he did and he could never get over the top anywhere in the NBA before he teamed up with Joe Dumars.
When A.I. plays well, it's all because of Larry. When AI plays bad, it's because he's a selfish street baller. When the Knicks play bad, it's all Isiah. The media, needs to stop shielding Larry Brown from criticism. Yes, he is great at coaching up mediocre talent like George Lynch, Eric Snow, Theo Ratliff, Derrick McKey and turning them into border-line all-stars. I really like how he teaches the fundamentals, but give me Hubie Brown any day of the week. Hubie doesn't have the rings, but damnit the guy was creative, passionate, and could get along with players. Even Stromile Swift and Jason Williams, two players with some of the worst basketball IQ, I've ever seen.
Isiah has given Larry A TON of talent. Marbury, Crawford, Qyntel Woods, Eddy Curry, Channing Frye, Nate Robinson, Ariza, what has he done with it? He was brought in to coach defense, and they've gotten worse. Nevermind that he has no patience and can't stick with a rotation. The team is worse than it was with Herb Williams. And why is Ariza in the dog house? He's one of the best defensive players, shares the ball, and hustles. Larry has to take some heat here as should Phil Jackson out in L.A. Larry's crowning achievement is taking that Philly team to the Finals. I give him that. Marvelous coaching job taking AI and a bunch of thugs to the Finals and winning a game. BUT, I think any above average coach could have done the same if not better with his Indiana team and the Detroit team. After Larry left Indiana, I believe they went to the finals and Detroit looks headed the same way.
Posted by Eddie at 2/6/2006 4:05:00 PM