CJ had 2 good games....that is not 'finding his feet'...granted he could have got a better opportunity to show us his abilities.
No it wasn't 'SOLELY' Marty's,
Marty made a call which was RATIFIED by the Board.
Even the Board came out in support by stating they are going by Marty's recoomendation.
And Marty NEVER blamed CJ for their poor start, that came out of your mouth.
Marty said the following :
Clarke said Adelaide's recent struggles and Massingale's axing were NOT related.
'Massingale had looked good at the pre-season tournament but as the intensity of the season had lifted, he "wasn't physically capable of going (up) with it".'
"CJ showed promise at the pre-season tournament, but the intensity of the game increases throughout the regular season and we have a goal to achieve," Clarke said.
And then finally.
"We were hoping CJ would adjust to the intensity and he did everything he could," Clarke said. "He is an awesome guy."
Marty showed Class right there.
I trust that clarifies that myth about Marty apportioning blame to CJ.
Actually they got Cadee before Blaze folded, and Gibbo and Petrie had options to go elsewhere but liked Marty's program.
DJ has improved the previous 2 years to this one.
This year his stats have not improved, but that does not automatically mean he has regressed.
Rather, he is no longer the focus of the team given Gibbo, Petrie and the emergence of Weigh as a shooter.
I certainly share your frustration at the record, especially when you see the team on paper, however just blaming Marty (and poor Mark Radford) is too simplistic.
I understand in Sport the coach cops it ultimately, but I am hoping these 'most knowledgable' fans can rise above such ubiquitous fair.
Thankfully Daryl Simmons agrees...
"The results aren't there, I understand that. But we're not losing by 30 points every game. We're close."
Asked if Clarke's future hinged on playing finals this season, Simmons said: "(That's) too simple. There's so much more involved."
He said he placed EQUAL BLAME on the playing group and the board.
"There's a lot of arguments that the coaches are the reason for the current performance. I don't wear that, because I put as much responsibility on the team and the board," he said.
And also it sure doesn't help when the fans are turning on the team and booing them at home on National TV.