Mr.Christie, You Play Good Defense
I've always found it fascinating how much defense was emphasized around playoff time. It's OK if a team made scoring their mantra during the regular season, but if they wanted to be a title contender, then they'd have to shut teams down defensively to be taken seriously.
A guy who had no problem playing "D" throughout the regular season, and into the playoffs, was Doug Christie. It was a staple of who he was as a player and he wore it around his neck like a Flavour Flav clock.
Christie's career started off with him battling injuries and only playing 23 games his first year. He was subsequently moved to New York in a mid season trade, but unfortunately didn't see much action either.
Hall of fame coach, Pat Riley knew that Christie wasn't going to see a lot of playing time, and encouraged him to find the one special thing about his game and develop it to the point that it would become his hallmark.
Christie focused on developing his skills on the defensive end of the ball and flourished when he was moved to Toronto the following year.
They were never able to solve the LA puzzle and their title dreams faded away.
Christie joins The NBA Breakdown crew on Sunday, March 15 at 9 PM (EST) to reflect on his 15-year playing career, talk some NBA hoops. and let fans know what he's up to these days.
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