Michael Brown is the NBA Cleveland Cavalier's Head Coach. He gets to coach LeBron James, one of the two best players in the game. Brown's strategy appears to be: Give LeBron the ball and let him dribble around and try to create a shot for himself.
Because Brown doesn't seem to have anything more sophisticated in his coaching repertoire, defenders simply converge on LeBron, two or three at a time, like Boston did the other day, and force James to take a bad shot or give up the ball.
If Brown would just run some screens for James, the all-star could actually get a decent chance to show off his skills and the Cavaliers might live up to their, at this point, considerable potential. Mo Williams is a real star and they have a very respectable supporting cast of players.
I say this as a student of the game, someone who loves to play b-ball, and as a Lakers' fan, not a Cleveland devotee. So in some ways I would be hurting my own team's chances by saying these things (... as if Michael Brown and the Cleveland franchise were paying any attention to my mutterings...).
I don't wish for Cleveland to win it all - just, dammit, beat Boston! (God I hate Boston...) But it's a shame to watch such a prodigious talent go to waste in such a profoundly primitive play plan.
Some people might argue with me that Brown must be doing something right since the Cavaliers have one of the NBA's best records this season. I don't doubt that Brown is doing at least some things right (not sure what they are), but it confounds and annoys me to watch a talent like LeBron struggle unnecessarily. It's like taking a gourmet chef and making him a fry cook at Denny's. (I will say, though, parenthetically, that James needs to liven up his dunk. It's all power, it's always the same, and there's no creativity. He's got the most boring dunk since James Worthy's. How ESPN could rate LBJ's dunking as one of the all-time top 20 is crazy). How on earth did a coach like MB with such obvious limitations - limitations that even the better than average YMCA youth basketball coach would not have, which is something that I have been - get to be an NBA coach?
P.S. I wish Chuck Daly and his family all the very best. Daly was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer the other day. Chuck is perhaps most famous for coaching the 1980s' Detroit Pistons led by Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars - the "bad boys." An amazing coach. The Pistons were my team in the 1980s. I loved their defense especially and to watch Zeke get skipping and go on one of his patented scoring sprees and to see Dennis Rodman (before he discovered hair color) move his preternaturally quick feet and shut down the other team's best player.