A few weeks I captioned a post 'Blow it up, but start with Doc', that post was not received well by the readers, but a few weeks gone by has shed some more light on the Doc issue. There is now a building constituency of readers that are starting to question Doc's coaching, from the overall strategy, player development, player confidence, and use of his bench.
The events of the past week did not help those that have defended Doc. There is no answer to the charge that he rides Rondo and the big three, and only goes to other players when forced to by injury or foul trouble.
The fact is the Celtics can bring in as many star players as mopney can buy, but it will not make a difference if these star players are not hungry veterans like Allen, Garnett, and Pierce. The combination of the Celtic's Big 3 was a perfect storm of veterans who were hungry for a ring, and who did not need any personal accolades at that point in their careers. If we get a bunch of young stars like D12 and Deron Williams they may not have the level of success that our Big 3 had with Doc. We would still need a better coach to get them to the title.
Another Doc problem that is not mentioned is player personnel, why does he sit back and allow his players to be cast away by management. Where was he when Perk was traded, when TA was let go, etc. Perhaps Doc should have been given his wish and allowed to leave a couple of years ago.He just does not seem interested anymore. Danny Ainge of all people should understand that coaching a championship requires tremendous sacrifices, and is rarely achieved by cutting corners. When a coach says he wants to leave because he has confliciting interests, the Celtics should have probably let him go.
There is no need for Doc to get upset with his team in post-game pressers, because the best way to get the veterans' attention is to bench them and put in the bench, but you cant do that unless you have put in the time to coach up the bench.