As I have been wondering around the NBA fan sites, the most common thing I see with a team that is frustrated with its situation, Charlotte, Cleveland, New Jersey, Denver, and others come to mind right away, all have huge threads on why there coach is the worst coach in the nba (behind Isaiah but thats a given). Just last year Philadelphia and Boston were ready to kill Mo Cheeks and Doc Rivers, but now they are running for coach of the year (best coach that is :wink:)
It is really easy to say, we arent performing because we dont have someone who knows how to run an offense or break a zone defense etc, etc. Our coach doesnt know how to utilize the screen to get so and so open.
Now, I am not denying Sam Vincent has done everything to show me he is a raging idiot. From his insanely dumb post game comments, to his want to tear your hair out lineups, he obviously needs some significant help.
But really, maybe we begin to look at our problems to quickly with the coach. I heard there have been something like 191 coaching changes since Sloan took over for the Jazz. Every coach in the nba cannot be an idiot, and as I watch other teams Greg Popivich talks to his players about what they ate for dinner during timeouts.
So whats my point? well in a way I have two. I want Vincent gone, but we should be careful how quickly we rush to judge our next coach, it is not an easy job, its way to easy to point the finger at the coach, as Denver, Cleveland, New Jersey, and we have done.
Second would be that from looking at the most successful NBA coaches, they have personal relationships with the players or they generate respect from their players in other ways. Sloan, and Popivich both get enormous amounts of respect from their players, and therefore have strong, disciplined teams. They get it in different ways, but just as Bernie showed us, respect = hustle=more wins. Great players help, but as Okafor has showed us, great players who dont care/are mad at their busted coach are useless.
Maybe you all sort of already knew this, but I guess my rant on how we assess the next coach is helping me figure it out. It almost seems as if coaching at the NBA level, the coach must know the game very well (well... Sam may be the exception) so its what he does with getting his players to run the system.
Our next coach should be one that gets respect from his experience and knowledge.
Then we cannot turn around and say, it was coach's fault. Our players will take the responsibility.
I found it funny, at first reading about Denver hating George Karl, a proven winner and a hard ass. But then again, as they fail to play defense, the look to blame the easiest person they can.
Just some thoughts on coaching, hope you bared with my rambles.