Heads Up It’s Now Open Season On The Coaching Fraternity In The NBA
By tophatal …….
I don’t know about you but the firing of Flip Saunders simply didn’t set off any alarm bells in terms of the moribund season now being had by the Washington Wizards ! To my mind the coach was never really that good to begin with and the brand of basketball and the coaching within the NBA has truly been on the decline over the past five years . Far too much hype the egos of the players never mind the very fact that it would appear that the general managers are not in the firing line when things start to spiral out of control for an NBA franchise .
Slide show for your perusal .
Ever since Ted Leonsis assumed control of the Wizards from the team’s late owner Abe Pollin the franchise has been embroiled in controversy . So much so , that in 2010 former players Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton were at the center of a fracas that involved gun play at the team’s headquarters at the Verizon Center in Washington , DC. That melee` brought in a tough stance and edict from the league hierarchy as it relates to gambling but also players carrying unlicensed firearms on league property . Both players were suspended and fined monetarily by David Stern .
As many of you are no doubt aware during Pollin’s reign as the franchise’s owner he brought in Michael Jordan as the team’s general manager . The former NBA great whose front office experience was limited at best , saw fit to to take an enormous gamble on drafting Kwame Brown as the number one overall draft pick in the 2001 NBA Draft . That draft had a litany of players who would go on to make considerable names for themselves within the league. Players drafted that year included Shane Battier , Tyson Chandler , Pau Gasol , Zach Randolph and Tony Parker to name but a few within this draft.
Now while everyone simply refers back to the year when Sam Bowie was drafted ahead of Michael Jordan in the 1984 NBA Draft . And the ramifications that bore the upswing in the fortunes of the Chicago Bulls and the success in subsequent years for the franchise.
Kwame Brown was drafted straight out of high school and whether not Jordan’s musings that led to the decision was based on the player’s potential , his career has never taken off within the NBA . The center has simply become a journey-man in the league whose latest stop now has him playing for the Golden State Warriors , another franchise whose fortunes this season seems to have taken a turn for the worst. .
As to the Washington Wizards’ own plight this season with a record of 2-15 within the Eastern Conference that now finds the team rooted firmly at the bottom of the Southeast Division with nowhere to go but up.
When drafted …… John Wall , having been taken number one overall was seen as the future face of the Wizards’ franchise with a view to taking the next step up in terms of being competitive franchise . The Wizards’ front office and ownership group now must be mulling how best to extricate themselves from the mess that the franchise now finds itself in . With Randy Wittman having succeeded Flip Saunders , a decision made by GM Ernie Grunfeld , it remains to be seen whether not the newly installed coach along with his assistant coaching staff led by former player …. Sam Cassell can set about turning around the fortunes of the Wizards . The roster itself cannot be deemed as being overly experienced with only five players having 4 years or more of playing time in the NBA .
With seasoned veterans such as Andre Blatche , Rashard Lewis , Maurice Evans , Roger Mason Jr and Ronny Turiaf . The question that most might now ask is whether not these veterans are prepared to show the younger players what it takes to become a success within the NBA . Certainly the likes of Wall , Nick Young , Trevor Booker and Jordan Crawford must be willing to learn , albeit that John Wall is still to be seen as the face of the franchise and de-facto leader on the basketball court . My own feelings concerning the Washington Wizards has been that this organization has not been of relevance at anytime during its existence in the aftermath of its name chance and most definitely with the rather asinine thought by Michael Jordan that successive franchise could be built around Kwame Brown ! Would you have made the choice in question of drafting the player number one overall in the 2001 NBA Draft ? Especially when there were far more talented players to be had and most definitely a more prudent choice could have been made by the front office executive at the time .
I don’t know about you but the free fall of the Detroit Pistons over the last few years has been truly astounding . I know that the franchise has gone through an ownership change with the club now in the hands of wealthy billionaire venture capitalist Tom Gores . The financier having bought the team as well its holding company Palace & Sports Entertainment from the Davidson family due to the fact didn’t it was the Davidson family’s wish not to be burdened with the estate taxes due at the demise of former owner Bill Davidson .
Now while all of this is to be commended it would appear that GM Joe Dumars with his Hall of Fame …. career in the NBA now faces an uphill task in resurrecting the fortunes of this franchise. Out has gone one of the club’s most beloved players in recent years with the departure of Richard Hamilton to the Chicago Bulls . And with a team that now seems to be built around the talents of Ben Gordon and Rodney Stuckey with the erstwhile veteran Ben Wallace now as a mainstay , it is hard to fathom how Lawrence Frank as the coach , can simply get this group to actually play with any real resolve .
The lowly Detroit Pistons with a 4-15 ….. record sits firmly rooted at the bottom of the Central Division and conference wise their mark is only slightly better than that of the Washington Wizards (3-15) and the Charlotte Bobcats (3-16) . I do not believe that there is much more that can actually be said about the lowly Wizards and in the case of the Michael Jordan owned Bobcats , it is my belief that their fans simply turn up at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte , North Carolina , merely to get a glimpse of the former NBA great ! Truth be told whatever it is that is being served up by coach Paul Silas and his coaching staff by this team cannot be faintly called an NBA brand of basketball !
The Charlotte Bobcats in their last 10 games are a languid 1-9 and at this juncture it would be a safe bet to suggest say that they are already completely out of the playoff picture for this season and that is with the NBA calendar already quarter of the way through its schedule . Suffice to say , that at some point GM Rod Higgins , Jordan , himself , and President & CEO Fred Whitfield will have to begin to assess the coaching staff as well as this team.
The roster led by D J. Augustin , Kemba Walker , Desagana Diop , Gerald Henderson and Corey Maggette have offered little of comfort with with the Bobcats’ fans might even grasp at straws to believe that this team is evenly faintly competitive . And with the Charlotte Bobcats due to face the high flying Philadelphia 76ers (12-6) in their next scheduled game it will be interesting to see what Paul Silas and his players will be able to bring to the table . If nothing else the worst that could happen is that the team continues its losing streak at best they notch up another win to add to their already embarrassing tally for the season.
Now with Kevin Love having resigned with the Minnesota Timberwolves you would have to believe that the franchise’s future for now is pretty much in safe hands . Mr “Double Double” as I now tend to refer to the player is one of the most consistent players in the league today . And each night he simply guarantees to put up big numbers no matter who the opponent might happen to be . Suffice to say that the front office led by GM Dave Kahn knows that without having signed the power forward to a contract extension to a new contract ______ this would have set off an auction for the player had he sought free agency . There’s no doubt in my mind that the player is best power forward in the league at present .
With the addition of Spanish star Ricky Rubio this year , it has to be said that there seems to be a robust way with which this team goes about its trade . Unfortunately that simply isn’t borne out in their (7-10) record within the Northwest Division of the Western Conference . Inasmuch as I admire Rick Adelman as an NBA head coach with a distinguished record , it is my belief that he is not the right candidate to be coaching this young team ! A patron (chappy81) within this forum recently wrote an article in which he detailed why it is that the Timberwolves are one of the more entertaining teams within the NBA this season . That’s all well and good , consistency and winning is not something that has been going hand in hand with the Minnesota Timberwolves over the course their season . Plainly put , if you’re simply in awe of a few stars playing basketball rather than seeing them actually accomplish something tangible on the field of play , then you had better have something to back up the premise of your argument . In this case I don’t believe my good friend has laid the groundwork for that debate at all ! .
If the Minnesota Timberwolves are as ambitious their fans believe them to be is the very fact that there is a common belief that this season team is capable of claiming a playoff berth . Persoanally , I believe that Adelman’s players are still a long way of from being a playoff claiber franchise , especially within the always competitive …… Western Conference . I may well be surprised by season’s end concerning the plight of the Timberwolves but I doubt it !
In these of economic plight I don’t know that the NBA’s franchise owners as such , have a great a deal to be sorrowful about . David Stern has done his very best to make sure that they are well taken care of with at least twenty four teams over the past two seasons receiving in excess of $756 million by way of league mandated bailout . Never let it be said that the NBA hierarchy hasn’t followed in the negligent steps we have seen over the course of this administration simply bailing out any weeping and whining corporation in the light of their mismanagement . And it is becoming abundantly clear that these infantile owners were amenable to the gift from the commissioner . They along with the general managers have been ostentatious with their spending , so much so even with their pleading of poverty from the owners has become cannon fodder for the ridicule that is justifiably directed towards them as well as the NBPA (union) .
A recent article in Thursday’s edition of USA Today which was also Forbes Magazine article in highlighted how the value of several NBA franchises had risen faster than the rate of inflation and wherein the owners of those franchises have profited greatly from these new valuations . The Los Angeles Lakers is now said to be the most valuable NBA franchise with an estimated worth of $900 million , having now passed the New York Knicks whose parent company MSG Entertainment is wholly owned by the Dolan family under the leadership of James Dolan . However, while the Lakers is said to be the most valuable it is in fact the Knicks who just happens to be the most profitable of the NBA’s 30 teams. And given the present fortunes of the franchise whose 7-11 record and most recently embarrassing home 97-91 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers doesn’t belie a team that is playing …. sub-par basketball . It may well be that somehow Mike D’Antoni’s players may well eke out enough wins to garner a playoff berth but I seriously doubt that they will be good enough to go deep into the NBA postseason ! Your thoughts ?
Picture gallery for your perusal .
With the NBA season have just past its quarter mark in the schedule do you believe that there will anymore coaching fatalities along the way ? And if so which NBA coach do you believe is in the most danger of losing his position ? Are you at all surprised by the fact that a number of NBA franchises have seen their values rise with regard to this most recent article by Forbes Magazine as well as USA Today ? By all means leave a comment as you see fit and I will do my utmost to respond to your comments with a succinct answer . Thanks as always for the continued support as it is greatly appreciated !
Picture and slide show details below .
(1) Washington Wizards guard Nick Young (1) smiles during the final seconds of his team’s 92-75 win over the Charlotte Bobcats in an NBA basketball game in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt …
(2) Washington Wizards guard John Wall, center, splits the defense of Charlotte Bobcats guard Cory Higgins (11) and forward Tyrus Thomas , right, as he drives to the basket during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. The Wizards beat the Bobcats 92-75 . AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt …….
(3) Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey (3) collides with Miami Heat forward Shane Battier (31) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. The Heat won 101-98 . AP Photo/Carlos Osorio ……
(4) Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh (1) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. AP Photo/Duane Burleson ….
(5) Pistons’ GM Joe Dumars , left , is seen here seated alongside Tom Gores owner of the NBA franchise . Since assuming control Gores has seen a marked decline in the performance of the team with them now languishing at the lower rungs within their division barely surviving with a declining attendance for their home games . Detroit Free Press / Tim Nash …….. ….
(6) OAKLAND, CA – JANUARY 07: Kwame Brown (54) of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball during their game against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena on January 7, 2012 in Oakland, California. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images …
(7) Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) reacts to missing on a 3-pointer as guard Ricky Rubio, right, watches in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Dallas. Love contributed 31 points and 10 rebounds and Rubio added 17 points and 12 assists as the Timberwolves won 105-90 . AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez ……..
(8) Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love (42) drives past Dallas Mavericks’ Lamar Odom on his way to the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Dallas. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez …..
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