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« Stampede? Sometimes Things Don't Work Out, Sometimes They Do »

Bulls Wed May 07 2008

Help Prevent the Stampede!

As Aaron recently posted, the Chicago Bulls are negotiating with former Phoenix Sun's coach Mike D'Antoni. I feel obligated to issue a formal warning to Bull's fans thirsty for a return to the 1990s glory days: The Bull's will not win a championship with D'Antoni! Stop the negotiations now! D'Antoni provides the quickest route to action-packed mediocrity!

Yes, 232 - 96 is an impressive record and viewing a box score regularly filled with assists, dunks, and +100 point games would be exciting. But impressive athleticism and regular season records do not automatically result in championships. Really! I recently proved a scientific theorem proving Points + Vertical Leap / Speed never equal Success without a 5/8 focus on Defense. Really! Continue reading for some of the postulates.

Aaron correctly identifies other teams adopting D'Antoni's offensive game plan - the Raptors, the Hornets, and the Nets. The Raptors, Suns, and Hornets were all in the top five for scoring and possess exceptional point guards. So why are only the Hornet's still playing? If you guessed lack of defense, you are more defensively astute than D'Antoni. Here are some comparisons between the Suns and Hornets:


Please John Paxson...Remember your days on top the NBA were fueled by the defensive prowess of Jordan, Pippen, Grant, Rodman, etc.

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