Are most coaches like sheep?
Looking at the NBA in particular, all the rage is about shooting 3 pointers and playing at a very fast tempo, ie, wanting to run.
This rage has taken off in particular the last season. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind the major cause of this is the Golden State Warriors and the success they have had with this brand.
It seems that coaches have looked at the Warriors and said "to win in this league, that is how you have to play, shoot plenty of plenty of 3s and play at a very fast tempo.
It seems that it doesnt really matter what skill set the coach has at this disposal, he just wants to play that style because if they want to win, that is how they have to play. Ie, "that is how the Warriors play, thats we have to do".
Many teams are trying this. The biggest problem is that not every team, in fact, most teams dont have the skill set anywhere near what the Warriors have. Dont coaches realise this?
You have arguably the greatest shooting back court in the history of the sport and in particular Curry who i think will never be a better shooter.
2 teams in particular that exemplify this problem.
1. Bulls. Last season they got a new coach who preached pace and 3 point shooting. 1 problem, they didnt have the personnel to succeed at this style of play. Rose is NOT a good shooter, Butler is not a natural shooter. They had Gasol who is not a natural 3 point shooter. What happened? They didnt even make the post season. If you look at the Bulls, there strength was post up (Gasol) and more slashing (Rose, Butler).
2. Pelicans. You have a franchise player in Anthony Davis. He is your best player. His strength is the paint, play around the basket. There guards are Holiday and Evans who are NOT natural shooters especially from the arc. There coach is Gentry who came from the Warriors. I have no doubt his intention was to mimic the Warriors. Only problem is, he doesnt have the personnel to succeed at that style, so why are they doing it?
Remember back in the early-mid 2000s with the Spurs? There franchise player and focal point was Duncan. His strengths were post ups and attacking the paint. They realised this and played a very very slow game that suited there personnel. They didnt have really any great 3 point shooters and played to there strengths and guess what, they were extremely successful.
It seems that coaches, NBA coaches in particular are mostly just sheep, adapting to the "whats in" style like the latest fashion even though they dont realise they dont have the personnel to succeed at it.
Dont coaches/management who get paid millions a year realise this?