Did anyone see the scuffle between Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz this weekend. I’ve looked it a million times and I must say, it has been the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Harbaugh looks like a fat, untanned beach whale trying to chest bump his player (which he never does) and Schwartz chases Harbaugh down and confronts him to no avail because Harbaugh just keeps on jogging to the locker room. But the best part? Harbaugh offered no apologies and probably will not offer one in the future. His tenacious feature, his undying attitude and his grind it out play is contagious and it is seen throughout the 5-1 49ers.
I think Harbaugh should stay and help Mark Jackson instill this attitude with the Warriors. Of course, you can’t tackle a guy with the ball nor run him off the court, but you can slow him down as he is coming down the lane, stay in front of the ball handler and stifle the offense with stingy defense. There is no doubt that Jackson brings defense in his tool bag. But maybe Harbaugh will bring in something else that is different and will help the Warriors achieve the next step.
Say what you will about defense, but it is the one thing that brings a team together. All of offense, is one on one. It’s one man scoring, one man making a play, one man getting the glory. Let’s recap. When is the last time you remember the person setting *the* perfect pick, cutting down low to open up top, passing to the money spot or even seeing the coach draw out the perfect play. What you see and what replays show is some guy, Kobe, D-Wade, LBJ, or Rose make the sickest move, beat their defender, maybe one more, rise up and score the winning basket. Or if your Derek Fisher, you throw up a hail mary, turn around shot from an out of bounds play and score the winning bucket.
But lack of defense from the Spurs gave Fisher that opportunity and defense wins championships. Defense is one thing you can control, one thing that, if shots aren’t falling your way, bogus fouls are being called and lack of energy, its the only thing you can always count on. You don’t have to multi-talented to play defense, you just have to want it more than the offensive guy and have guts.
And if you watched the 49ers beat the Lions, it wasn’t just about the offense scoring point after point, though that TD and FG was definitely helpful. It was the defense who was able to create momentum and turnovers. Let’s hope that that the Warriors are watching and learning.