Posts Tagged ‘Mike Woodson’

The Timberwolves’ next head coach should be …

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

… Rick Adelman, if the following report is accurate:

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Wolves will interview Don Nelson Sunday

Don Nelson has been in town all week prepping for his interview with the Wolves on Sunday.

OK, so maybe he arrived here from Hawaii early this week to spend some time with his daughter, a schoolteacher, and his grandkids in Minnetonka.

Point is, he’s here in town and next on a list that started with Terry Porter on Monday, Mike Woodson on Tuesday and continues with Bernie Bickerstaff today and Rick Adelman on Saturday.

There might be one or two others after that.

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and:

1. David Kahn actually knows what he’s doing, as the GM for Minnesota;

and,

2. The REAL goal for this franchise is to make gradual and consistent progress building towards an upper echelon team in the Western Conference over an extended period of years.

If Rick Adelman has legitimate interest in the T-wolves job, then, he is by far the best fit for this team, since their present roster is chalk full of talented young players in need of constructive direction by a highly successful, veteran, head coach with a track record of being able to communicate effectively with them.

Pistons should eventually hire Lawrence Frank, if this report is accurate

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

According to Marc Stein, the Pistons would prefer to hire a new head coach who already has experience sitting in the lead man’s chair on a NBA sideline.

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Woodson, Frank atop Pistons’ list

Of the five known candidates for job, sources say that former Pistons assistant Mike Woodson is still the closest thing to a favorite, thanks largely to Woodson’s good working relationship with Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars and the fact that Detroit would know exactly what it’s getting after Woodson’s work under Larry Brown during the Pistons’ 2004 title run.

Yet sources say that one reason Detroit’s search has dragged out so long is the strong impression that Lawrence Frank made on new Pistons owner Tom Gores and his advisers, among them former New York Knicks executive Dave Checketts.

Detroit’s choice, then, appears to be a tossup between the unattached Woodson and Frank, who remains part of Doc Rivers’ staff in Boston.

The other three known candidates to get interviews are Kelvin Sampson (about to leave Milwaukee to become Kevin McHale’s lead assistant in Houston), Pistons legend Bill Laimbeer (last seen on Rambis’ staff in Minnesota) and Checketts favorite Patrick Ewing (from Stan Van Gundy’s staff in Orlando). But sources have maintained throughout the process that Detroit’s preference is to hire a coach with previous head-coaching experience in the NBA after the recent unsuccessful stints for first-time head coaches Kuester and Michael Curry.

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If this is, in fact, the case, then …

Joe Dumars should eventually hire Lawrence Frank, as the next head coach for Detroit. In all likelihood, the Pistons would not be able to win the NBA Championship under Frank’s direction, sometime down-the-road, but his career to-date does indicate that he has “the stuff” required – i.e. in terms of having: 1) A good conceptual framework for the way he wants his team to play, based on sound principles of Defense, Offense and Rebounding; 2) The ability to communicate effectively with his best players; 3) A sound grasp of X’s and O’s; and, 4) The ability, and the character, to withstand “the heat” involved with the position; etc. – to direct a first-class squad that is more than capable of consistently competing for a Top 6 playoff position … which would be a solid step forward for an operation that has gone significantly backwards each of the last 3 seasons working under less-than stellar head coaches without proven records of success in the NBA.

Good news, bad news scenario for Pistons

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Sources: Pistons, John Kuester to split

Detroit Pistons head coach John Kuester will not be returning for the 2011-12 season, according to sources. Although there has been no official word from the Pistons, sources say it is expected that president Joe Dumars and his staff will be returning.

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The Good News

After 2 very disappointing seasons at the helm in Detroit, it now seems likely that John Kuester will not be the Pistons’ head coach going forward.

The Bad News

Mike Woodson is not the type of elite level basketball coach who the Pistons need to find, in order to [eventually] reclaim their former spot in the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference.

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PS. Hopefully, Joe Dumars [GM] will show better judgment than this and choose to go in a different direction when he fills the Pistons’ head coach position.

Continued maturation for Josh Smith and the Hawks

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

For anyone who’s a Josh Smith fan, these comments are music to your ears:

Hawks beat Wizards
Josh Smith won’t hide his ambitions this year.

He wants to be an All-Star. But he’d gladly settle for a spot on the All-Defensive team, an honor that’s eluded him his first five seasons despite his shot-blocking prowess.

The difference between the aspirations Smith had earlier in his career and now center on his understanding that the team’s success comes first and the residual benefits usually follow in the form of individual honors.

“After all the goals we have as a team — and we have lots of them — those are definitely my goals,” Smith said before the Hawks‘ 113-95 preseason win over Washington Monday night at Philips Arena. “And I don’t think they are too far fetched. I’m six years into my career and I’ve tasted some success. I want more of that, for my team and myself, in that order.”

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As Josh [who is still just 23 years of age!] goes this season, so too will the fortunes of the Hawks.

Toronto Raptors Season Preview: Game 20

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

re: How an astute NBA observer might expect the first part of the schedule to unfold for the Raptors this year

Game 20 – at Atlanta [Wed Dec 02]

 

RAPTORS

ADV

HAWKS

PG

Calderon

=

PG

Bibby

OG

DeRozan *

à>

OG

Johnson

SF

Turkoglu $^

=

SF

Williams

PF

Bosh

=

PF

Smith-Jos

C

Bargnani

à

C

Horford

 

 

 

PG

Jack #

=

PG

Teague *

OG

Belinelli ^

à

G

Crawford ^

SF

Wright ^

à

SF

Evans

PF

Evans ^

=

PF

Pachulia

C

Nesterovic $

=

C

Smith-Joe $

 

 

 

G/F

Douby

=

SF

West

PF

Johnson ^

ß

PF

Collins $

 

 

 

HC

Triano

=

HC

Woodson

 

 

 

+1

OUTCOME

+5

Legend: ADV – Individual match-up advantage; * - 2009 NBA Draftee; ^ - Acquired via trade; # – Restricted free agent; #M – Restricted free agent, matched offer; $ – Unrestricted free agent; $R – Unrestricted free agent, re-signed; $^ – Acquired via Sign & Trade; Italics – Returning player; ? – Injured, status uncertain.

The Hawks are going to be a solid team in the EC this season. Adding a good PG from the 2009 NBA Draft [i.e. Jeff Teague], a multi-purpose Guard [i.e. Jamal Crawford] and a serviceable veteran Big [i.e. Joe Smith] improves their squad significantly; as does 1 more year of maturation with their core group [i.e. Joe Johnson, 28; Al Horford, 23; Josh Smith, 23; and, Marvin Williams, 23] together. The individual match-up advantages favour Atlanta … which will probably mean another road loss for the Raptors, in this back-2-back.

Raptors expected W-L Record: L, 7-13

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PS. This marks the end of the “early season” phase for the Raptors.

Related:

Toronto Raptors Season Preview: Game 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1.