From Forum Member, Dubit
Joe Lacob comes from a Celtics background where the current team succeeded once it set a culture – a commitment to teamwork, defense and holding each other accountable. That’s part of why Lacob likes David Lee so much, Lee established a positive culture in the locker room. It could also be why Lacob may be leaning Mike Brown now. Brown will set the culture Lacob trusts – defense first, teamwork, accountability.
Thing is Doc Rivers succeeded defensively by having KG demanding it of his teammates and Tom Thibodeau designing it. Brown is a very capable defensive architect, but there is no Warrior veteran that can credibly serve in the KG role. Culture has to manifest on the court. Tough to do that with the current roster.
The larger concern is that Brown is just like the Warrior roster: one-way. He’s a defensive genius with a San Antonio pedigree. But offensively there wasn’t much creativity in Cleveland.
Brown may be the best they can get, but a one-way coach is just flipping the script. What the Warriors need on the roster and the bench is two-way capability. They lack balance and Brown doesn’t address that.
Maybe that can be addressed through his assistants but with so many head coaching jobs available quality assistants will be filling some of those openings.
Hopefully Lacob will give a real chance to Frank, Casey, Shaw and Person to prove themselves worthy. But with Brown pulling his name out of Houston to focus on the Warriors it would seem he’s received assurances from Oakland. If that’s true it seems premature to do so before interviews. Frank has done an excellent job in Boston, Person designed the Laker defense that carried them to 17-1 after the break. Hear them out.
Brown may be the best choice, but I’d want to hear who he has lined up for assistants that can counterbalance his relative offensive weaknesses. I’d want to test Brian Shaw and see what he’s learned from Jackson. See what Person can bring on both ends.
Culture can set a foundation, but if that foundation is only on one end of the floor it won’t hold up. Defensive accountability is needed and can help fix the immediate problem. Over time though balance is what will ultimately be needed. I hope Lacob’s desire to follow the Boston culture blueprint is paired with the need for balance, otherwise they’ll be looking for another coach in a few years.