It was laughed at around the league when reports leaked that Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive asked his coaches to consider playing 4-5 on defense and leaving a cherry picker back by the basket. Not have a guy leak out early like the ultimate version of Corey Brewer, but literally to have one guy not go back down the court and just wait for a ridiculous outlet pass. It’s not something that would work.
But he didn’t really suggest that, right?
From Zach Lowe’s Grantland interview with former Kings and now Nuggets coach Mike Malone, when he asked Malone about that rumor.
“It came up. I was approached. I’m a defensive guy, and I know you can’t defend well if you only have four guys out there.”
The fantastic USA Today NBA writer Sam Amick said something interesting about Ranadive recently: He made his fortune in a tech world environment where everyone sitting around and brainstorming in a “there’s no bad idea” kind of way is accepted and encouraged. They are trying to get people to think outside the box.
That may not work as well in an NBA environment. To put it kindly.
(BTW: you should read the entire Lowe/Malone Q&A, some excellent stuff in there about LeBron, Mudiay and others.)