Every time a sports season ends, many coaches whose teams underachieved lose their jobs. It’s just part of the game. Coaches are hired to be fired in most cases. The NBA season is over for most teams so now is a good time to look at the vacant jobs and speculate on who may take them.
Cleveland Cavaliers- Mike Brown will take the Cavs job. Isn’t he the guy who had it when Lebron James was there? Didn’t the Cavs fire him for not winning the championship? If he couldn’t win there with Lebron, or at least enough to satisfy the fans and management, then why would they think he will win without Lebron?
I have a rule that I try to live by. Never go back to a girl that dumps you or a job that fires you. It’s the old saying about “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice…” Brown would be smart to adhere to that rule. But I will admit, for the kind of money they will be paying him, I might go back to one of my exes.
Detroit Pistons- Fight the temptation to say Isiah Thomas. That would be interesting but, no. But how about another member of the “Bad Boys?” Bill Laimbeer was quite successful as coach of the Detroit Shock of the WNBA. They won several titles with him as the coach. After he left,they ended up in Tulsa. Laimbeer would have a lot of credibility with the players and the fans.
Charlotte Bobcats- The Cats have been a train wreck for a long time. Maybe it’s time for some new blood? How about a college coach? Sometimes they do work out. Ask the Seattle Seahawks for example. There haven’t been too many who have worked in basketball, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. I think John Calipari could be another Pete Carroll. Carroll flopped the first time he tried the NFL, went to the college game, tore it up and then went back to the pros. Now he is doing quite well, thank you. Cal could do the same thing in basketball. He should be made the GM too, because he obviously knows NBA talent and how to develop it.
Phoenix Suns- Should the Suns decide Lindsey Hunter is not the permanent solution, then how about Stan Van Gundy? Van Gundy is a good NBA coach. He has won at every stop. He was unfairly caught in the middle of the mess between a petulant superstar and a team that could not satisfy him. He didn’t deserve to be thrown under the bus. The Suns could do worse.
Sacramento/Seattle Kings/Sonics- If he team ends up in Seattle, how about Mark Few? He is the coach of the Gonzaga Bulldogs. He is a legend in the state of Washington and is always a top candidate every time a job opens up. The Sonics might get him interested where others could not.
Philadelphia 76ers- The first guy the Sixers should talk to is Phil Jackson. Jackson is supposed to be interested in coming back to coaching. He knows how to win. He also knows about coaching in big markets with demanding fan bases and media. He also knows Andrew Bynum. He is anther guy you would also want to make the GM and let him put the roster together. He would attract some big time free agents too.