So I've been preaching that it's the players fault just as much as it's the coach or the GM. The players are talented even if there are some holes. The talent on paper should represent more wins than we see. Next in the blame game would have to be the coaches. Well, they've been pleading with the players to do something. If the problems on defense were solely due to coaching decisions and execution I would put it all on Jay but overall the problem looks like its not the calls, it's the effort. Effort is something that the coaches are responsible to motivate from their players. Well, the coaches look like they care and they look like they're trying to get the guys hustling but it's falling on deaf ears. The players don't seem to care and have no sense of pride on D. They just want the ball back as fast as possible so that they can take another shot...
- The team has talent but there are holes. GM's FAULT
- The coaches make some bad play calls and substitutions. COACHES' FAULT
- The players don't seem to give a damn and nothing seems to work in getting them to snap out of it and show some pride. PLAYERS' FAULT
One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn't the same. Now its time to play our game.
- GM: Showing effort, taking accountability and has a desire to achieve results.
- Coaches: Showing effort, taking accountability and has a desire to achieve results.
- Players: NOT showing effort, NOT taking accountability and NOT showing desire to achieve results.
Seems to me that the GM, coaches and players have made mistakes but only the GM and coach are being mature and professional.
In closing a little something fro Doug Smith which helps support this opinion:
I went to three players whose opinions I truly respect and who have been honest and forthright with me every time I’ve asked them a question about anything.
I’m not going to tell you who they are because I asked them on the condition of anonymity so they wouldn’t worry about having to sugarcoat any answer. But, trust me, I trust them to tell me the truth.Doug Smith's Toronto Raptors blogThey agree that losses make it hard to feel all sweetness and light but the issues is more of performance than personality. As one of them said:
“It’s like we’ve got a switch and we leave it in the ‘off’ position too much and when it gets hard, we don’t know how to turn it on. If we do, we can be good. Really good. But we have to do it. It’s not coaches, it’s not management, it’s us. We have to know how good we can be and just do it.”