Buried in Michael Lee's WP story about the Wizards preseason schedule was this nugget.
Is doubling down on this particular coaching staff really the right thing to do?
The team was 24th in both points allowed and opponents field goal percentage last year. We have big men with little to no fundamental understanding of post and help defense. This is still a team full of projects, especially up front.
I hate to sound like a broken record, but wouldn't a dedicated and accomplished "big man coach" be the best move here? Someone to put a bag of rocks in Javale's shoes and shame/shout Dray into occasionally rotating to close the lane? Gene Banks is allegedly the team's "big man coach". We see how much that's helped. With guys like Booker and Seraphin still needing lots of additional development and the team's fortunes depending on them, shouldn't we make a move for someone with a track record? Clifford Ray always seems to work wonders with bigs. A guy like Ben Wallace (assuming he doesn't go through with that law school idea) would be amazing. Anybody but Gene Freakin' Banks. Sheesh.
Also, about that defense. Maybe overpaying for a proven defensive-minded assistant to come in and change the team's overall scheme would help because whatever we're doing with that lousy matchup zone is not working. I have no ideas here, maybe you guys know some names. Clearly the front office doesn't.
A decade plus of this franchise being in the bottom tier of all NBA teams defensively is indefensible. Maybe Ted can add "hire a coach, any coach, who knows how to teach defense" should be on this year's 101 Things list.