http://proxy.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/060112excellent post -- TP. proves the more things change, the more they stay the same. Doc has had the same issues regardless of whether he has a roster of young players or vets.
I posted this in the game thread but thought it needed it's own discussion. If you are not familiar, it's a Bill Simmons Article from 2006. But when you read it, you might think it was written tonight. Especially the part about the Hawk's game.
Please read or reread because I think you will enjoy.
totally overrated as a coach.
Coaches often improve as has Doc. Where was that article when he was coaching the 09 team, without KG, to play their hearts out? In 2010 when we almost won the title as underdogs in every series, some even had losing in the 1st rd to Miami? In 11 we again fought tooth and nail against Miami and every game was close despite playing without our starting center and Rondo playing with one arm? Last year our injury team again played our hearts out and were 8 minutes from the Finals. That is coaching. That is leading men. When Doc's players quit on him during the playoffs
then it's time for him to go.
Oh, and by the way, I've heard Bill Simmons say that he stands corrected on Doc. He didn't feel he did a good job before the Big 3, but said that in 09 and 10 he did one of the best coaching jobs he's ever seen.