Originally Posted by tamaraw08
While I am aware that hiring young college coaches seem to be the in/bold concept right now, I would be extremely careful heading to that direction.
Im still not convinced that Billy Donovan has done a great job yet, still the same one on one/iso plays imo.
YOu then look at Dwane Casey has done at Toronto, Carlisle is considered a re-thread with past experiences in Detroit and Indiana, the Portland coach is ok too IMO. I still consider the old Del Harris doing a very good job here esp the pre-Shaq years....
But I agree, Byron seems to have been stuck to his old brand which is sad cuz Eric Spoelstra who is ALSO a Riley disciple managed to adapt, even playing small ball using Shane Battier as a PF etc and worked.
But going back to may point, it's not just the assistand coaches but the overall personnel, do they have the BEST trainers, nutritionist, scouts etc etc right now?
Warriors did NOT STOP after winning the ring and hired Steve Nash as a special assistant. Who is nurturing the 3 young assets and are they the BEST at what they do?
Whether college coaches are the in thing or not meh I can care less, it's a bold move that's needed whether that's a college coach or a young assistant, I'd much rather someone who is youthful even if lacking in experience that has modern thoughts on the game of basketball and ideally hasn't been out of the game that long or is young rather than a dinosaur who thinks it's my way or the highway (which the last two coaches well past one and current one are).
It's simply my opinion...if you don't progress or move forward then you'll stall and everyone else will overtake you, whether it's college or assistant the teams needs a fresh; new and young direction in my opinion that can help the younger players develop.
For a young rebuilding team my ideal would have been Brad Stevens though he won't get fired (if only the Boston Celtics were that stupid
), he's a very good and bright young coach who if we can get someone like him then I'd be delighted but I doubt there will be another blueprint of him around anytime soon.
On those coaches Stotts I don't mind he's done well at revamping Portland, Carlisle is a great coach and has been consistently underrated for years, Casey despite the record I don't rate very much (his rotations and ingame tactics have always perplexed me when I've watched Raptors games).
Quick wrap up to those questions...I highly doubt it and no they aren't doing enough...it's that simple there is not enough quality coaching especially for such a young team all around the organisation and it's due to incompetence and laziness of the front office and those in charge. The front office has gotten lazy in my opinion especially in the coaching and developing of the team department and it's that simple.