El Hespíritu escribió:Ya sé que parecerán paños calientes, pero es lo que pienso:
Suponiendo que no haya apariciones/desapariciones determinantes (Superrookies-FAs-Lesiones) ni giros inesperados de timón en una y otra franquicia...
... a mí, el equipo de Nuggets (como grupo) me parece mejor que el de Minnesota y, con sus errores y aciertos, creciendo de manera más orgánica y funcional de un año a otro.
darivo escribió:El Hespíritu escribió:Si es lo que yo digo...
Igual es mejor que perdàis mañana y así está más cerca el cambio de entrenador.
Lo digo pensando únicamente en vuestro bien...
aunque se pierda mañana no tengo nada claro que se despida al entrenador
Nuggets president of basketball ops Tim Connelly just confirmed that Michael Malone will be back next season. As far as an extension for Nikola Jokic goes, Connelly says they want to get that new deal done sooner rather than later.
El Hespíritu escribió:La siguiente temporada será un punto de inflexión, entiendo yo.
O bien el equipo mejora lo bastante para hacer unos PO dignos o bien se estanca en el actual "uuuuy.... casi".
Addendo: Lo de que nos diéseis la plaza de PO a los TimberTrolls para ayudar a echar a The Malo One era trolleo... que parece mentira que no me conozcáis.
Yo sigo pensando que Malone, sin ser el mejor entrenador del mundo, no esta haciéndolo tan mal.
Nikola Jokic today on Wilson Chandler, who went scoreless in 48 min. last night: "I think he played really hard. He cares. He's one of my favorite guys to play with because he doesn't look like he cares or he (plays with) emotion. But he really cares. He's playing his ass off."
By pairing All-Star talents at the “four” and “five” positions, the New Orleans Pelicans are going completely again the grain in the contemporary NBA, where virtually everyone else is relying on backcourt firepower. To help make the unique combo work, new Pelicans assistant coach Chris Finch said Tuesday that the Pelicans want to capitalize on the multi-dimensional nature of Davis’ and Cousins’ abilities.
“They’re super skilled, highly talented, and we want to make sure they’re able to use all of their skill set,” Finch said on a local radio interview with 1280 AM. “The key is going to be understanding each other’s spacing, being able to read and play off of each other. We don’t want to make either of them robotic.
“You’re going to have to give them a lot of freedom. It’s going to be, how do they share the space on the floor with each other? That’s going to be one thing we prioritize with them.”
Finch coached in Denver last season, helping the Nuggets emerge as one of the league’s best offensive teams (No. 1 in the NBA after Dec. 15), particularly when Nikola Jokic was inserted at starting center and made the hub of an attack with outstanding ball movement. Finch envisions using Cousins in a similar vein, with the above-average passer able to find open teammates for quality shots.
“We want to play through DeMarcus and Anthony at the top of the floor,” Finch said. “We want those guys to be able to make plays. DeMarcus is an elite passer; Anthony has really been working on his ballhandling. Their job is going to be to make the players around them better, to create high-quality shots by forcing the defense to react to what they do.”
Last season, over a six-week stretch that spanned from Cousins’ New Orleans debut through his final game April 4, the Pelicans improved from a bottom-tier offensive team to a middle-of-the-pack one (16th in efficiency at 106.3 points per 100 possessions, via NBA.com). While that jump in production was encouraging, New Orleans hopes to make additional progress in 2017-18. Chemistry between their two perennial All-Stars will be important, but the Pelicans also need accurate shooting from supporting players. New Orleans finished 19th in three-point percentage (35.0) in ’16-17, a rate that dipped slightly after the All-Star break, partly due to trade departures of Buddy Hield and Langston Galloway.
“The last component (of NOLA’s offensive effectiveness) is getting the other guys to understand how to play with (Davis and Cousins),” Finch said. “It’s really going to be about working to get the right shots. Hopefully those shots are going to be the very efficient ones, where you’re attacking the rim, getting to the free-throw line, or getting three-pointers as a result. I like to give guys a lot of freedom, and when that happens and things are clicking, guys will gravitate toward their strengths. It’s going to be up to us to coach them into those positions.”
Cousins’ shot attempts decreased a bit after he arrived in New Orleans (from 20.3 to 18.5 per game), which was fairly predictable after he’d been the unquestioned No. 1 option in Sacramento’s offense. Finch envisions similar sacrifices being necessary for Cousins and Davis as they figure out how to complement each other.
“It’s really about those two guys being able to sacrifice for each other, make the teammates around them better,” Finch said. “There is no basketball reason why it shouldn’t work; it will only be the human reason. Everybody seems to like each other, so that’s a great start. If we can’t figure it out, it’s going to be a human dynamic and we’re going to have to solve that one. But I don’t anticipate that to be the case, either.”
Asked what will be the first thing Pelicans coaches emphasize to players during September training camp, Finch stressed that an unselfish mindset will be important. The coach said he considers passing to be “the glue of offensive chemistry.”
“We’re just going to have to sacrifice,” he said. “Everyone is going to have to give up a little bit to get a lot back. That’s really going to be our message.”
R1Molano escribió:A mi me da que Finch tiene bastante peso pero estas quitando de la ecuación a Gentry que siempre ha sido un entrenador ofensivo bastante creativo. Y bueno, que estan ganando la serie también por la defensa.
But Raznatovic is making it clear that waiting another year would be foolish for the Denver Nuggets.
“According to NBA rules there are no negotiations before July, so until then there are only speculations. Like every agent, I hope the maximum because Nikola certainly deserves it, both in terms of the (dollar amount) and length of the contract. Of course, there is also the possibility that Nikola will not negotiate the change of contract, to stay for the fourth year with a small contract, and then next year be completely free in the choice of a new environment. This is certainly the most unfavorable possible scenario for the Nuggets.”
“The next summer is completely free, but according to Denver’s rules it can offer a little more and a year more than others. But it does not bind him.”