As of last night when I stalked him and asked him if he can please please please come back, the Kings don't want him
I commend your bravery in stalking a 6'11", 125kg balding behemoth that can headlock Wortho into submission Wookiee...
Out of interest, did he actually reply?
At the end of the day the buck still stops with the coach.
This. I wasn't impressed with Drewey in that interview. Contrary to what he said, he is trying to exonerate himself from this mess by going public with things that should stay behind closed doors.
As a high profile head coach, he is the leader of this team. Not Kevin Lisch and not Brad Newley. A lot of these players, especially the young newcomers look up to him. Blaming them in public when these guys look to him for leadership in difficult time is disgraceful. That is not leadership, its a cop out.
Its easy to watch the replay and point your fingers at which players responsible for those defensive lapses. Cadee can't guard Sosa, the others tried to help him out and paid the price for leaving their assignments. Blanchfield and Newley was overpowered by Vukona at the 4.
Humphries was so concerned with picking up cheap fouls, he failed to assert himself defensively. Ellis struggles to contain Pledger due to size mismatch and isn't long enough to discourage Sosa, Newbill or Ili's penetrations.
I hate to single out Thoseby, but he was the catalyst of the defensive rot in the last 4-5 mins of the 2nd quarter. Its not because of lack of trying, his defense last night wasn't up to par for the NBL. He couldn't fight through the on-ball screens and was lost in terms of spacing in the 2-3 zones, standing practically next to Cadee in some plays.
Everyone of these mistakes can ultimately be traced back to the coach. Everyone knew Cadee's defensive deficiencies and the frontline mismatches with Vukona/Pledger, why did you insist with smallball lineup? Why did you manage to close the gap the moment you subbed in Humphries?
As for Thoseby, if he wasn't able to do what you wanted, why didn't you sub him out immediately? It took him a good 3-4 minutes until the Breakers' lead ballooned to 20+ before calling a second, angry timeout. To make matters worse, as the coach and leader, Drewey couldn't see that his charges were starting to panic when they see him and Newley started to lose it in the huddle.
Not Drewey's finest hour. Absolutely terrible.