Gotta Give Me Something to Work With
In today's Denver Post, Jim Armstrong says that some of the blame for the Nuggets' implosion must fall on head coach George karl and not recently dismissed General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe. No argument there.
But Armstrong goes a little too far. He says that the team
... didn't come to play every night. Not only that, the turmoil in the locker room was palpable for much of the season. Sorry, but that's on the coach, not the GM. ...
If the bank manager hires Jesse James, don't blame the head teller when money goes missing.
If the chemistry professor tells the class they have to mix bleach and ammonia, don't blame the students for the chlorine gas.
Kiki gave Chief Nugget Malcontent Kenyon Martin the big money and a long-term deal and insisted K-Mart was a good guy and a good teammate.
He's not. And Karl could not change K-Mart's disposition.
Phil Jackson, Red Auerbach and Chuck Daly combined could not turn that sow's ass into silk.