What Happened to Defense In The NBA?

December 4th, 2009 by Dan Karell Leave a reply »
Never has that title been more true to me than it is right now.

Maybe I have some bias—as a Knicks fan—watching Mike D'Antoni coach offense, offense, offense, and forget that defense exists.

But it's not just him. Many other coaches are following in that lead.

Just a couple days ago, the Atlanta Hawks beat the Toronto Raptors 146-115. The Hawks scored 75 by halftime and passed the 100 mark with 3:40 left to go...in the THIRD QUARTER!

Nine players finished in double figures scoring for the Hawks as they went on to shoot 59 percent from the field and 52 percent from beyond the arc.

This can't be a fluke.

Teams are coaching their players to save their energy on defense in the hopes that it will help them execute better on offense and lead to outscoring their opponent and winning the game.

What happened to defense winning championships?

Why aren't teams copying the Spurs, Lakers, and Celtics, who all play excellent defense?

Those teams are contending for NBA titles year after year while other are losing when it matters.

It is true that the NBA is a flashier leag ...

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