His last play of this game shows you exactly why its absolutely horrible effort and don't have a clue how to defend it. If a guy gets beat but hustled and defended the pick&roll properly I have no problem with it.
But game after game McGee is clueless on how to defend the pick&roll and gives lackluster effort.
McGee is all flash but no substance.
Samuel I agree that he struggled with the pick and roll. Here is a fun question, who on the team doesn't? One guy is getting benched by grunfelds latest mistake... And I get that every coach needs a guy to make an example. Problem is I see the team not moving on offense. I see a perimeter defense that three chairs would compare favorably to. I see teams make huge runs while Whitman has his hands in his pockets. No centers on the floor in half court sets with the game on the line? ****ing brilliant.
Whitman has poured all his energy into motivating the team by being a hard ass. I would applaud it if it wasn't also obvious that he is out of his depth. He's getting energy and he's got know idea what to do with it.
Last edited by Destino; February-29th-2012 at 11:57 PM.
The double standards with discipline go back to when Flip was here, it bothered me then, and bothers me now. You get the sense Wittman would take it further if the roster allowed, but somehow Grunfeld assembled a roster in which points from McGee & Young are actually relied upon.
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lol. We get 15 three's dropped on us tonight, and Javale is still being blamed for our poor defense. And he was barely even playing!
What is going to happen to this team when Wall breaks down? He has played like 34+ min per game for a while now. Tonight was over 40. Wittman is a dumbass who doesnt know when to sub, doesnt know how to handle players, and specializes in losing. I hope for the best this offseason, but if grunfield is still here...
We'll grind that axe, for a long time!
Wall needs too be out there on the floor for 40 minutes hes young and he is the best player on the team he needs too be in the game for the most part.
The damn double standard on this team is unreal I have been noticing McGee gets torched almost every game, when other players on the team are not doing there roles. We basically running the man out of town, now we will have to replace him instead of adding too the team. McGee is going too be a star in the league sooner rather than later it wouldn't surprise me if he jumps too 16 and 10 with 4 blocks and be a all star next year or the year after.
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I agree about the double standard, I assume it's because McGee is older than the other guys (barely) and one of the most visible players on the team.
But if Whitman was truly being fair and consistent, Singleton would be benched too because he hasn't been defending well and he doesn't box out on rebounds and is giving up second chance points at crucial moments, plus his shot selection has really been terrible the past two nights.
Also, there are times when Crawford's shot selection should have him benched, and it's true, our overall effort defending the perimeter is really poor. Some of those threes were unstoppable--Nelson from two or three feet behind the line with a hand in his face, Anderson in transition, open kick outs after long offensive rebounds. Even veteran teams have trouble defending the three ball from Orlando because they can easily trot out four guys at any time who can drain them.
But a lot of those threes came because we played the perimeter too damn soft. Know who your playing coach. Our defenders needed to be up on the shooters and force the ball inside to Dwight. He can rack up 40 but as long as you defend the three, the Magic will lose. That's how the good teams always beat them in the playoffs. Plus Booker and Seraphin were making Dwight super uncomfortable on their own.
Also, Booker needs to improve his perimeter defense if he wants to become truly valuable to our team. He gives his best efforts when defending opponents in the paint but falls asleep on shooters, He's got the speed to be a good perimeter defender.
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Some of you guys just have WAY too much hope and expectations for a mid 1st round pick. McGee is what he is and was picked where he was because he wasn't that good. I'm afraid, what you see is what you are going to get. He's not Dwight Howard, he's not Kevin Garnett, he's Javale McGee. He was not drafted to be a superstar and never will be. Just be glad for the contributions he gives as a mid 1st round pick, because if you look at it in that light, he's what an 18th overall selection should be.
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Because with Javale it's not physical, it's mental, it's maturity, it's motivation and heart with him. You just can't "improve" with those things, either you have it or you don't. And he shows that he's lacking in many of those areas and not not willing to change.
If his issues were physical and you told me he needs to get in the weight room and bulk up, or work on his conditioning, or work with a free throw shooting coach then i could accept in a year or two him improving if he did those things. But those things aren't his main problem.
I agree the alot of these guys suck on defense. I also agree Whittman is a worthless x and o coach but I felt the same way about Flip. But the effort JaVale gives on the perimeter playing pick&rolls is unacceptable. And to top it off he has no clue on how to defend it.
And yes Steve there is problems boxing out but its because of the poorous pick&roll defense. Nobody is rotating over on the screener so now he is inside of our guy right off the roll going to the basket. It happened to Singleton the other night at the end of the Bucks game that was'nt on him he had to stop the ball. I seen alot of people blaming him.
Thats why i've moaned and groaned for a vet pick&roll coach like JVG or Sloan. Because Wall in a pick&roll heavy offense with shooters will be a nightmare. And maybe playing for a defensively sound coach and practicing againest the pick&roll everyday the light switch will go on for some of these guys
I'm not a JaVale hater at all but he is 24 now and he played 2 years in college at some point the lightswitch has to cut on if its ever going to.
I wish somebody could put up the video of the play that got McGee yanked last night around the 8 min mark in the 4th.
McGee frankly has become Whittman's distraction of choice. I'm almost impressed. We get torched last night by shooters? McGee (17 minutes). We get torched by Mike friggin Dunleavy and the coach decides to not put in a defensive center when we are up 1 point? McGee (17 minutes). Kings use three guards to kill the Wizards? McGee's fault. Suns go on a huge run in the 3rd and the coach literally watches it happen? McGee's fault.
At this point I think they should just trade him because he isn't going to resign and I'm sick of the focus being so incredibly misplaced.
1 - No one rotating is something I've pointed out ever since people started blaming McGee/Blatche/Seraphin/Booker for easy dunks while they came out to challenge the driving player. No one in DC likes to place blame on the perimeter players not named Nick Young, and even then only for offense. Was anyone benched for that poor play that cost the game? No.
2 - Bucks took a timeout down 1 point with 6 seconds left. Everyone that has ever watched the NBA knew that they would try to get something near the rim. Only if they couldn't would they settle for a shot. This is a play when you want your biggest on the floor guarding the rim and securing that rebound. What does Whittless do? Subs in Singleton for Mason. Seraphin and McGee get to watch this play from the sidelines. What happens? 6-10 Ersan Ilyasova gets the put back for the win. One of two Bucks players standing shoulder to shoulder under the basket.
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