Of scorpions, frogs, GMs & coaches

In the NBA, the words a GM uses to communicate with are important. 

Each chosen word has an unique meaning and contributes toward the creation of a specific context and a number of subtexts, as well.

When a GM makes the following statement,

Colangelo: Sam’s safe for now 
“Let’s suffice it to say, all things should be put to rest right now when I say that I have absolutely no intention to make a coaching change at this time,” Colangelo said after wrapping up an afternoon of exit interviews with the players.

Is there but one way to interpret its meaning?

Probably not.

When an NBA observer makes the following statement,

Two solitudes in Raptorland
Should Sam Mitchell want to keep his job as Raptors’ head coach his team best do two things between now and Advent (which begins annually the first week of December):

1) Get past the Magic in the 1st Round of the 2007-2008 Playoffs;

2) Be above the .500 mark in the first 20 games of the 2008-2009 regular season schedule;

Is there but one way to interpret its meaning?

Yes, there is.

Examining the data contained in this review …

Tic toc, tic toc, tic toc …

of the 5 coaching changes made by the Phoenix Suns between the ’94-95 and the ’04-05 seasons, you will see that none of these ‘replacement moves’ was made (i) at the end of the Regular Season, (ii) immediately after elimination from the Playoffs, or (iii) during the Off-Season.

If Sam Mitchell is ever going to be replaced as the Head Coach for the Toronto Raptors, under the watch of GM Bryan Colangelo, history indicates that such a move would most likely take place during the Regular Season … should their team be perceived to be under-achieving sometime after reaching the 20 games played mark.

For, as Jeff Van Gundy (NBA Analyst) observed astutely during the telecast of Sunday’s NBA Playoffs double-header on Sunday, April 27, 2008 when it comes to understanding the workings of Human Nature in this world:

“You are who you are.”

… illustrated precisely in the parable of The Scorpion and the Frog.

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5 Responses to “Of scorpions, frogs, GMs & coaches”

  1. Linkage - April 30 — The AltRaps Blog Says:

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  2. Toronto is still Sam’s town. Thoughts? | Cuzoogle Says:

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  3. Raps Fan Says:

    that’s some good insight man. i’m not a fan of making big moves mid season, especially when it is a coaching change. teams need a training camp together to get their coaches philosophy down.

  4. khandor Says:

    Raps Fan,

    Coaching moves which occur during the early part of the off-season are the best for laying the proper groundwork a team needs to perform at the highest level possible during the following Regular Season.

    Organizations that follow this M.O. understand ‘the best way’ to go about building a championship calibre team.

  5. Let the games begin in Raptorville « Khandor’s Sports Blog Says:

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