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If Brooks were coaching the Heat, Joel Anthony would be the starting center. Anthony, a 6’9 245 defensive specialist, was a mainstay in the Miami rotation for four seasons. An undrafted free agent who clawed his way into the NBA, he is an excellent shot-blocker whose work ethic earned the respect of everyone in the Heat organization. However, his anemic offensive game was exposed in the 2011 playoffs, where he had a 7.9 PER. Spoelstra has steadily eased him out of the rotation ever since. Anthony has played only 17 minutes this postseason, going from a starter to end of the bench player in two years.
Anthony, like many defensive-oriented centers who can’t score, is less valuable in a more perimeter-oriented NBA. Spoelstra recognized this, moving to a smaller line-up with Chris Bosh at center. Brooks, in contrast, has faithfully stuck with Kendrick Perkins for years, despite ever diminishing returns. The 2012 NBA Finals, when Perkins couldn’t defend the smaller Heat players on the perimeter or punish them on offense, should have been a wake-up call. Instead, Perkins rewarded Brooks’ faith with a -0.7 PER in this year’s playoffs, the lowest mark in NBA history.
1 day, 23 hours ago on Should the Thunder amnesty Kendrick Perkins?
For all who haven't read, this sums up all the reasons Brooks has to be gone:
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This series reminds me of OKC vs. the Mavs in 2011. And we still do not have an offensive system. Coach Brooks needs to be let go. Please come like this page!
6 days, 2 hours ago on Play it back again: OKC falls in overtime, 103-97
@ChilamBilam12 yup i hear Brooks is in trouble. We need to fire him. Please like this page!
6 days, 12 hours ago on Thunder vs. Grizzlies: Game 4 Pregame Primer
Please Fire Scott Brooks.
@6'5 97 pounds 13million dollars 6 points 0 James H @TheresABabyFaceUnderMyBeard @calebli i want to see DeAndre Liggins guard Mike Conley.
1 week, 4 days ago on Wednesday Bolts – 5.8.13
@TheresABabyFaceUnderMyBeard that's why i don't like him.
Royce, missed out on Perkins excerpt. this is great!
3. The play call for PerkKendrick Perkins catches quite a bit of heat for his many flaws, but it’s often unfair that he’s the one receiving criticism for it. The Thunder’s penultimate possession was a prime example of why Brooks, not Perkins, is largely responsible for the center being a detriment to his team at times.
Down five and badly needing a bucket, Brooks drew up a play that had Perkins not just handling the basketball, but being forced to pass, and make a decision on the move. It was a microcosm of the entire Brooks-Perkins relationship — the head coach putting his big man in a spot that more often than not leads to failure.
Perhaps the most stunning part wasn’t even what Perkins was asked to do on that particular play, but that he was even in the game. Brooks pulled out a superior offensive player, Reggie Jackson, just to get his limited big man on the floor. A head-scratching decision all around.
@Diallo309 @calebli dude i hear you man. but if we are aiming to win it all this year, we are going to have to play Kevin Durant a crazy amount.
Just like Jimmy Butler.
1 week, 5 days ago on Thunder fail late in Game 2 and Memphis evens up, 99-93
With Russell Westbrook, we don't miss a beat if KD is on the bench. We clearly notice when KD is off the court. The Net +6 is extremely meaningful. The guy was out for what 4 minutes?
@Diallo309 @calebli I understand that. but we had a lineup of Fisher, Reggie Jackson, Martin, Thabeet, Collison.
Liabilities on both offense and defense.
If we want any hope of winning a championship, we need Durant to play 46-48 minutes. We can agree that the whole team takes a HUGE step back if KD is out. Unless Reggie Jackson or Kevin Martin can initiate offense.
one more thing to note Thunder Fans. Jimmy Butler has played 48 minutes for 3 straight games now.
Kevin Durant was NET +6. We can't sit him. We lost the game because we sat him. I firmly believe it.
@okcjim @BallSoHard thabeet doesn't know how to box out
@6'5 97 pounds 13million dollars 6 points 0 James H @calebli i was just very disappointed with the Derek Fisher, Kevin Martin, Reggie Jackson, Thabeet, and Collison line up.
@okcjim @calebli ok based on +/- I take that back.
Derek Fisher, Kevin Martin, Reggie Jackson, Thabeet, and Ibaka.
But when I was watching it live, Thabeet could not help out at all on the boards. Perkins and Ibaka did an ok job on the boards.
Royce, I would like you to give more color on playing Hasheem Thabeet. In basketball, every minute is critical, and there is no reason to "rest collison, perkins, or ibaka" at the cost of the team. We see that the game came down to those shots. But things could have been different if Thabeet was never on the court. He's worse than Perkins. Doesn't provide rebound or blocking help. He even goal-tended.
Disappointed that you did not bring anything up about Thabeet.
Royce you hit it on the nail on your twitter. This is the first time Perkins has not started the second half, and Brooks decided to go small.
I really don't know what got into him. He never did this against the Miami Heat. I really think he felt alot of pressure to make adjustments to his principles for the first time in his career.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Systematic problems?
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Friday Bolts – 5.3.13
Royce, I brought this up in the last thread. would like to hear your thoughts on what Lowe wrote. We need to see this.
Nick Collison played just seven minutes in Game 5, and the Ibaka-Collison pairing has logged just four minutes in the entire series after logging nearly 500 in the regular season. Why not give this pair a shot, especially during those few minutes when Durant rests? I’m not sure what the point is of going small without Durant at power forward, anyway.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Friday Bolts – 5.3.13
@OBoy @Lost Ones dude Mike Brown accomplished alot more than Scott Brooks. 2nd best record in NBA history I believe (winning percentage). if Mike Brown coached this team, he would put the best players on the floor.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on The Side Part: Burnt