Jeff over on Celtics Blog is picking the brains of bloggers over on the west coast. Today, he talks with TZ from Sactown Royalty. His thoughts on Rick Adelman vs Doc caught my attention.
I think Adelman would be a good fit in Boston, and actually in most of the current vacancies. The Delonte West-Mike Bibby comparisons have been made before, so I won't belabor that. Adelman knows how to utilitize the strengths of his post players - Cliff Robinson, Buck Williams in Portland; Webber, Divac, and Miller in Sacramento. That kind of form-fitting would be huge for Jefferson and Perkins, who in my eyes just kind of play basketball without a plan on the court. The biggest difference between Doc and RA would be the rotation - you'd actually have one with Adelman. Players would know their roles. As we saw in Sacramento this season, that's important.
One of my biggest complaints about Doc (besides his lack of respect for defense) is that he has no clue how to use bigs in his system. Even though we have Clifford Ray to work with our bigs and help them develop, Doc's system just doesn't play to the strengths of his center and power forward. He keeps them too far from the basket on the offense and that limits their effectiveness and their rebounding. That was one reason he loves players like Scal and Raef, they play out on the 3 point line and have no interest in playing with their backs to the basket.
I know that Doc is more than likely coming back unless Danny is really blowing smoke. But that can't keep me from dreaming about a coach who can utilize the strengths of his bigs, set a rotation, and value defense. I just know that so far, Doc just isn't it.