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It Seems To Be A Sign Of The Times …… Good Quality Coaches Could Soon Become A Thing Of The Past ….. Have You Looked At The NBA Lately ?


It Seems To Be A Sign Of The Times …… Good Quality Coaches Could Soon Become
A Thing Of The Past ….. Have You Looked At The NBA Lately ?

As the postseason of the NBA continues with the Finals now in place between the Eastern and Conference representative the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks . And for the first time in three years we will have a coach raise the Larry O’Brien trophy whose name will not be Doc Rivers or Phil Jackson . The two contending coaches in the 2011 NBA Finals are Rick Carlisle of the Mavericks and Erik Spoelstra of the Heat. With the retirement of Phil Jackson there are now only two active coaches in the NBA to have won a title of which Rivers is one and the other being the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich a four time NBA champion winning coach as well as a recipient of the Coach of The Year Award .

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It seems inconceivable to an extent that in this day of age that we’re told is parity in a number of sports but there are certainties that we tend to know will remain as is . Dynasties aren’t necessarily a thing of the past but I do feel that the talent level within a number of professional sports has dropped off somewhat but to my mind the most troubling thing is the lack of truly talented coaches within the professional ranks . I think that is particularly true within the NBA , most certainly the NFL and definitely within MLB . Each season we’re led to believe that the drafts within MLB , NBA and NFL is literally filled with exceptional talent and it merely is a matter of being prudent in assessing players . Given the fact that these drafts are usually a hit or miss endeavor and the fact that a large financial investment is tied to acquiring a player I would have thought it not only prudent that an organization be especially sure that the players they acquire meet their competitive needs.

The mantel of assuming the reins from Phil Jackson will now be undertaken by former Cleveland Cavaliers’ coach Mike Brown . Filling those shoes will be an enormous task for Brown and knowing that he will be under constant scrutiny not simply by the local media in the Los Angeles market but across the entire NBA landscape at the national level. Brown’s reign with the Cavaliers had its moment of success but in the advent of the LeBron James’ saga and his departure from the franchise the ball club fell apart . Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert chose not to retain the coach and soon hired Byron Scott to assume control of the team. And for Brown’s successor his task will be not that easy given their season endeavors their utterly abhorrent play .

With the upcoming NBA Draft set to take place on the 23rd June and the rather asinine Draft Lottery that took place last month gave the perception the NBA is trying its hardest to give the fans something that they actually need or want . Isn’t it bad enough the whole spectacle to begin with only assures a quintet of teams at the bottom of the food chain a one in five chance of obtaining that number one overall pick ? Simply give the team with worst record in the league that top pick and be done with it ! .

The Houston Rockets in their infinite wisdom saw fit to hire former Boston Celtics’ great and Hall of Famer Kevin McHale . Now anyone with the remote insight as to McHale’s career as an executive and then coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves will simply know that his track record isn’t that impressive. And from my own perspective I can only surmise that team GM Daryl Morey and owner Leslie Alexander were hard pressed to find a suitable candidate . But given the fact that it is now rarity for a franchise not to hire retread rather than a first time coach . Consider the number of stops over the long and varied career of Larry Brown and how things have panned out wherever he has been a coach ? Granted , he won an NBA title with the Detroit Pistons in defeating the star laden Los Angeles Lakers in what turned out to be one of the most lopsided series Finals in recent history. But Brown’s years with the New York Knicks were the embodiment of an inept front office led by team owner James Dolan and then GM & President of Basketball Operations Isiah Thomas and a team that simply were not good enough , much less had the desire to win. Never mind the fact that Brown as a coach looked as if the game has passed him by. And it would be more of the same during his tenure with the Charlotte Bobcats and team owner Michael Jordan . .

Success within any professional sport isn’t simply defined by winning as making money seems to the predetermining factor for an owner. But it’s extremely good to have the two go hand in hand . I’ve long held the contention that the NBA has now become so myopic and that’s simply due to the fact that the league hierarchy led by David Stern has lost sight of what made the NBA so enjoyable to watch for the fan. Now the players have become larger than life characters and the teams have in essence taken a back seat role in the midst of this all as Stern and his minions seek global domination for the brand . And while this goes on the talent level within the league also consistency dips to great highs and or exceedingly deep lows . The coaching itself isn’t that far behind , so much so that I for one now believe that the coaching talent within the NBA is now at an all-time low ! The fans may well continue to debate the greatness of Kobe Bryant , LeBron James and the now somewhat idiotic comparisons and contrasts that are being made to Michael Jordan and the aforementioned duo. That debate if anything should actually take place once those present day contemporaries’ careers are over , rather than it being conducted now in the public domain. Isn’t it bad enough that we have idiots such as Jason Whitlock and Scottie Pippen throwing their weight behind this topic ? If anything Pippen may well have alienated himself with many of his former Chicago Bulls’ teammates and in particular the city of Chicago. The less said about Whitlock on the other hand gives credence that he has and always will be an utter blowhole and an unabated ass !

In many respects the issues with regard to the falloff in the coaching talent lies in the fact that a number of the general managers around the NBA themselves , in large part are not very good at what they’re being paid to do. Many of them simply have primarily a business background but there are number of them that have had less than stellar careers in the NBA as a player. Simply put this isn’t simply about the coaches themselves but also about the aptitude of the general managers and the owners who make the decision in the hiring of a coach. Obviously they all want to win thre cost can be very expensive if the hire turns out to be an exceptionally inept applicant .

The NBA is no exception to the rule and with regard to this instance of the falloff in the coaching talent but I simply didn’t it expect to become so acute ! Consider this , once Doc Rivers and Gregg Popovich call it quits within the league we may well have only one active coach having won an NBA title . Good or bad for the league ? I will let you be the judge of that !

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(1) Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki (41) goes up for a rebound against the Miami Heat during Game 2 of the NBA Finals basketball game Thursday, June 2, 2011, in Miami. Nowitzki shook of an injury to his non-shooting hand and gave the Mavericks new life in the NBA Finals. The Mavericks defeated the Heat 95-93 to even the best-of-seven series to a game apiece. AP Photo/David J. Phillip …….

(2) (L-R) LeBron James (6) and Dwyane Wade (3) of the Miami Heat answers questions from the media during a post game press conference after they the Heat lost 95-93 against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Two of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 2, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Getty Images/ Mike Ehrmann …..

(3) Dirk Nowitzki(notes) #41 of the Dallas Mavericks lays the ball up agains the Miami Heat in the second half in Game Two of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 2, 2011 in Miami, Florida. AP Photo/ David J Phillip/ Getty Images -Pool ……

(4) The Miami Heat’s LeBron James (6) goes for a slam against the Dalles Mavericks during the NBA Finals game 2 on the June 2, 2011 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images …..

(5) Celtics’ coach Doc Rivers is seen here with his opposite number Phil Jackson . The duo between them have won collectively 12 NBA titles as coaches of their respective teams . Over the course of their respective coaching careers their teams have made 16 NBA Finals appearances. Getty Images/ Scott Murphy …..

(6) From left to right Miami Heat team President Pat Riley introduces Erik Spoelstra as the team’s new coach in early 2009. Also inset is owner Micky Arison far right . AP Photo …………..

(7) (L to R) Chris Wallace , General Manager of the Memphis Grizzlies, Shane Battier and Ishmael Smith of the Memphis Grizzlies address the media during a press conference to announce their trade to the Memphis Grizzlies on February 25, 2011 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. Getty Images / Joe Murphy ….

(8) Cleveland Cavaliers’ GM Chris Grant (left) listens as the newly installed team coach Byron Scott speaks with the convened press at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio . AP Photo/ Steve McKinney …..

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Mutiny On The Bounty And At The Palace of Auburn Hills …………


Mutiny On The Bounty …………….. And At The Palace of Auburn Hills

Well we have overpaid players within the NBA so why not petulant ones as well …say it ain’t so ? That appears to be the case at the Palace of Auburn Hills as the Detroit Pistons’ season seems to be unraveling in front of their very eyes. This situation for coach Jon Kuester as well as GM Joe Dumars can’t be a happy one at this juncture . It’s hard to realize that this is the same organization that went to five Eastern Conference Finals during an eight year span and along the way winning an NBA title —-(2004) with Dumars at the helm as the general manager with Larry Brown as the coach at the time.

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This time around for the struggling Pistons and their disastrous season , veterans such as Tayshaun Prince , Richard Hamilton , Tracy McGrady , Ben Wallace and two year starter Rodney Stuckey have seen fit as an act of defiance was to stay away from a team practice but in doing so the official statement from the organization were that the players in question who numbered six in total ____ were that they’d been suffering from a stomach virus. Well if the virus is said to show such symptoms as rash petulance, questioning the coach’s playing strategy and in essence letting down teammates then clearly all is not well within the Pistons’ organization ! Never mind the fact over the uncertainty of the team and the concerns of its immediate future as it relates to the ownership. Karen Davidson widow of Pistons’ owner the late Bill Davidson is the now the owner of the team along with family members but due to the heavy financial burden placed upon the family in terms of estate taxes the family is now pursuing the sale of the team. There at present doesn’t seem to be a clear cut potential buyer of the team but there have been varying interests from a few well known suitors.

Courtesy of Sports tri-cities.com

Hamilton, Kuester say they’ve talked things out

By Noah Trister

Auburn Hills-Mi,. – Detroit’s Richard Hamilton says he met with coach John Kuester recently in an effort to repair their relationship.

Hamilton has played only once since Jan. 10. He was benched for the latter part of January, and although he played Feb. 5 in Milwaukee, scoring 15 points, he’s been out since then because of what the team has said is a groin injury.

On Friday, Hamilton was one of several players who missed at least part of a shootaround before a game at Philadelphia. The coaching staff used only six players that night, sticking with those who were at the full shootaround.

Hamilton wouldn’t specify when he and Kuester spoke. He took passes from the coach while shooting at the end of practice Monday.

Similar stories: Several Pistons miss game shootaround

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At a time when the Pistons are said to be struggling it does appear that the team’s on court problems pale into comparison when measured against that of their off the court situation. Michael Ilitch the present owner of the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings is said to be interested and his intention to have the team remain in Auburn Hills , a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. For a while it had been rumored that former MSU Spartans’ alum Magic Johnson was also interested in buying the team outright or be part of a syndicated partnership that would buy the team. But it appears that the Lakers’ great is no longer interested and that his pursuits are now that of trying to bring an NFL franchise to the city of Los Angeles .

The Pistons do seem to be facing an act of attrition and wherein the team seems to have lost faith in their coach and at the same time when losing becomes something of a consistency then any dynamic that changes the formula for success tends to bring about problems and strife internally. At the same time one would have thought that veterans such as McGrady and Hamilton would look to lead by example rather than showing an act of petulance and to an extent disdain for their coach.

I’d hazard a guess that Dumars for his part can’t be entirely happy at present and at the same time it underminds his position as general manager as he was the primary participant in seeking out and hiring Kuester after the firing of Michael Curry , Kuester’s predecessor. John Kuester for his part has struggled to bring some semblance of team cohesion and playing with consistency this season . And the team’s struggles have been well documented this season as they may well have now played themselves out of contention for a playoff berth this season.

At 21-39 the Pistons are at present 6 1/2 games out of the eighth and final spot and they currently sit eleventh within the Eastern Conference three places behind the current eighth placed Indiana Pacers (26-30) , Charlotte Bobcats and Milwaukee Bucks . The Detroit Pistons sought not to make any moves prior and at the trade deadline choosing to stand pat . It may well be that as the general manager Joe Dumars is looking towards the NBA Draft and looking to assess the crop of new talent that will be there at the college level . He knows that in light of that fact fans are at present more concerned with what’s said to be happening now, rather than looking to the immediate future. Tracy McGrady for his part is team’s floor general having been converted to a point guard but the team’s struggles has manifested itself in the fact defensively they’re a complete mess !

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The team doesn’t appear to be responding to what Kuester is asking of them and at the same time players such as Wallace , Prince , McGrady and Hamilton seem to be under the impression that their actions actually ingratiates them with the fans . If anything , nothing could be further from the truth ! For the long short and long term future of the team there may well be nothing immediate that Joe Dumars can do but perhaps suspend and fine the players in question. Had this maneuver been engineered prior to the trade deadline then it’s my belief that as general manager Dumars would have imploded the team altogether and look offshed the players involved that were surplus to the team’s needs as both he and Kuester saw it !

Instead the coach now has six disgruntled players on this team who’ve simply lost faith and whose professionalism now has to come into question. Simply because rather than saying to the coach directly that they’re unhappy with the current situation they simply saw fit not to turn up for a team’s practice session. What might be even more disturbing after this maneuver was that in the team’s next game against in their loss the Philadelphia 76 ers the players in question were seen laughing on the sidelines during that resultant lopsided defeat. And those very same actions were again repeated by those players even though they’d end up defeating the newly revamped —- Utah Jazz —- 120-116 .

I’ve always maintained that the NBA had lost sight of its goals the moment the balance of power swayed over to the players. Now when a team has become way too inconsistent and the players inevitably rather than holding themselves accountable will look to lay the blame elsewhere. And the vast majority of the time the blame as apportioned and placed squarely on the shoulders of the coaches and their staffs. Rarely will you ever them step up to the plate and say ……………”it’s my fault or it’s our fault “. And much of that has come down to the fact that the owners are now in a position of weakness and much of that comes from the league hierarchy and the way in particular that Commissioner David Stern has sought to brand his product as more about the stars within the NBA rather than the teams and the game’s history and that of its teams .

The game has its loyal band of followers but I do believe now that they’re more inclined to follow the stats of the game rather than the aspirations of a team that they well allegedly support. I could very well be wrong
in my summation but I very much doubt it at this juncture !

What thoughts if any do you have on the actions of the Pistons’ players and their subsequent behavior ? Do you feel that Dumars and the coaching staff ought to take disciplinary action against them or do you feel that this ought to put in the past and the team should basically move on ? Let me know your opinion on the matter and anything else concerning the NBA at present ?

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(1)Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey (3) drives on Utah Jazz guard Devin Harris (5) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. AP Photo/Paul Sancya …….

(2) Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) fouls Detroit Pistons power forward Chris Wilcox (9) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. AP Photo/Paul Sancya …..

(3) Detroit Pistons coach Johh Kuester, left, gives directions from the sidelines as assistant Pat Sullivan looks on in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, in Auburn Hills, Mich. AP Photo/Duane Burleson ……….

(4) Detroit Pistons players Rodney Stuckey, from left, Tracy McGrady, Ben Wallace and Chris Wilcox sit on the bench in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, in Philadelphia. AP Photo/Matt Slocum ………

(5) John Kuester is seen here with team GM Joe Dumars (right) at the team’s headquarters at the Palace of Auburn Hills , Auburn Hills , Mi,. Kuester succeeded Michael Curry as the team’s head coach and since his tenure the Pistons’ play has been somewhat inconsistent. Allan Einstein /NBAE Getty Images ……….

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NB: The Davidson family have sold a controlling stake in the organization to the Detroit Pistons Baskebtall Company of which Michael Ilitch is a controlling partner and stake-holder through his holding company Ilitch Holdings .

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