I need one of you O'Brien fans to help me come down off of the anti-O'Brien feelings I have developed over the past few weeks.
Yes, I freely admit that the Pheonix game sent me over the edge and I'm still mad about it.
However I feel that really it is just a symptom of the disease that I have.
Maybe I've been reading to much Naptown Seth lately but I feel that our offense has no structure to it at all. Basically if we have an open three shoot it and pray to God that on more nights than not that we hit at least 40% of them.
I see very few screens to open up shooters, I see very few back door plays ran, I thought we were going to run a pick and roll but that has happened less and less each game.
Basically if we are hitting our open jumpers we have a chance, if not.....
Look before some smart @ss gets on here and say's, "well you should not have complained about Rick". First of all I didn't, in fact I was one of the few supporters the guy had before he left but even I admit that his time here had come.
Second of all, that is a bogus argument. There are not only two styles of offense to play in this world and just because some people were repulsed by Carlisles offense does not mean they are wrong in not liking the "look to shoot once you have crossed the mid-court line" that O'Brien is bringing to the table right now.
Larry Brown didn't use either of these offenses and I think we did just fine under him.
Anyway back to O'Brien.
Not only does the offense sicken me, but the only thing worse than that is our defense or lack therof.
Ok, we don't have the talent to be a defensive unit here. Heck in fact we may not have the talent to even be a bad defensive unit.
But why accept bad defense from your players and not try and do something differant from the bench.
I swear to God there was one play in the first half that Mike Dunleavy actually pulled out a red cape and yelled Ole' as Sefolosha blew by him for an easy layup.
If Jamaal is sucking on defense, which I realize is when he is breathing, then why not give Owens a few min. You mean to tell me you don't think that Owens couldn't have done a 10X better job than either Diener or Jamaal?
Again, I realize that the guy has limitations to work with here, but come on. Something, anything would have been a nice change to try throwing at Kirk. How about Rush moving over or even try Daniels.
Anyway someone who still has absolute faith please help me out here because while I certainly am not saying fire the guy, I am saying my belief that his style of play will work over a season has almost faded to nothing.