Monday, February 26, 2007
To Mike Brown: When your team is on offense, and the first pass is to LeBron James, who holds the ball still for five or six seconds, while everyone else stands motionless around the perimeter, and then takes a long jumper; or when Larry Hughes receives the ball, then dribbles in place for three seconds before launching a long jumper rather than driving to the basket and getting his shot blocked because he hasn't learned to drive and kick, please - PLEASE - don't stand on the sidelines with your hands in your pockets.
Did you watch the same game as I did yesterday? Did you see how the Heat made an entry pass to Shaq, who held the ball while all 4 (!) other players rotated around him? That was a basketball play! Couldn't Z do that? Did you see the Heat set screens for Jason Kapono, one of the best shooters in the NBA, allowing him to catch and shoot a la Rip Hamilton? The only person we have running through screens is LeBron. He is not a catch and shoot player. He is consistently the first or second person to touch the ball in a given possesion, which allows the defense to set up for the possibility of him driving the ball. If you run a successful pick and roll with, say Gibson and Ilgauskas, the result will either be a mismatch (good) or the defense will have to send a third player over to help. One or two passes later LeBron will have the ball without three or four players directly in front of him. His drives will be unstoppable.
There is a lot of talk about posting LeBron up. Why don't we do this? Why can't he pass out of the post like Shaq?
Hire an offensive coordinator. And while you're at it, hire a free throw coach like the Mavericks. Unbelieveable.