The Philadelphia 76ers have become one of the league’s top defensive units and, according to coach Doug Collins, former Pistons one and done coach Michael Curry is playing a big role in that. From Dei Lynam of Comcast Sports Net:
“The thing that (associate head coach) Michael (Curry) does so well is that he gears our defense to our personnel and what we can do,” Collins said. “There are certain limitations that are big guys have defensively that he has done a great job putting the scheme in that we can be successful. We don’t have a great shot blocker at the basket or a great defensive rebounder but our wings rebound well and we know that we have to pressure the ball.”
The Sixers’ success defending the three-point line is a credit to scheme as well, but discipline plays a big part, too.
“We aren’t running all over the floor,” Collins continued. “Guys have responsibilities and Michael grades guys every game and we post them so there is individual accountability as a team. The one thing in this game, if you’re scrambling you are not going to be able to defend the three.”
If Curry loves defense so much, why did he bury Arron Afflalo and Amir Johnson on his bench? Sorry, that was out of line. Honestly, good for Curry. I think it’s clear to everyone he was ill-equipped for the head coaching job in Detroit, but that also shouldn’t define his coaching career — remember, he only had one year of experience as an assistant before getting that head job. Working with a great veteran coach like Collins and a good young team like Philly could earn Curry another chance down the road.