The coaching carousel's getting full
Until then …
Now that the Hawks are going to hire Larry Drew, there are only two coaching vacancies left in the league – the Cavs and Clippers – and I’ll ask this:
Which one’s more attractive?
And I’ll answer this:
Today? It’s the Clippers.
Such is the state of confusion around the Cavs that I think I’d rather go work for zany Donald Sterling than sit around until mid-July wondering when LeBron James is going stop holding the Cleveland franchise – and most of the league – hostage.
Los Angeles has some cap room, a high draft pick, the spectre of Blake Griffin actually playing next season and just seems more stable at the moment.
Go figure, eh?
The one thing we haven’t heard much about, though, is who might be in line for the L.A. job. I presume now that Drew’s gone to the Hawks, the usual suspects will be linked to the Clippers.
But if I’m an unemployed coach or an assistant looking to improve my lot in life, I’d be getting my agent to make a call, it’s not a bad job that’s open out west.
Better than the one in the East in many regards.
Doesn’t this pretty much sum up the difference in the two teams who’ll resume NBA Finals hostilities tomorrow night?
Not sure how many of you saw the post-game interviews the other night when Nate Robinson and Glen Davis were doing their Rowan and Martin schtick up there but it ended with a question about Robinson jumping on Davis’s back and Big Baby not even feeling it.
“We’re like Shrek and Donkey.”
Now the day before, Derek Fisher was sitting at the same podium talking about his relationship with Kobe Bryant.
“He (Bryant) jokingly refers to it as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King in terms of how we go about balancing it.”
Cartoon characters and social activists.
Yannick Noah does remain the coolest man on earth but I have to tell you Desmond Tutu is the coolest former Nobel Peace Prize winner of all time.
Did you see him during Bafana, Bafana vs. the Mexicos on Friday morning? The guy was rocking. I love the guy.
So a little spy (actually, the legendary Philadelphia Phil) tells me the Sixers staff next year may have a decidedly Raptor look to it.
Doug Collins has yet to formally announce his staff as he takes over as the head coach of the Sixers; the only thing he’s said for sure is that Aaron McKie is going to hang around.
But, as many of you know, Brian James, ex of the Heroes Of The Hardcourt, is going to join him and he’s not the lone guy with Toronto ties.
Phil says Mike Curry should round out the staff, which gives us all kinds of old friends to chew the fat with before Philly-Toronto tilts next season.
Here’s one from the mail bag that covers some old ground but probably bears repeating. And with a relatively slow day and quiet night, here’s one last shot at getting something in before tomorrow. Just click here.
Q: Hey Doug, at what point do we hold Bryan Colangelo's feet to the fire? When will he be on the proverbial "hot seat"? In his defense (somewhat) he's never tried to do a re-build through the draft, I believe because of his initial success. Long question cut short(ish) if this off-season ends up with the Raptors coming out on the losing end will the big time decision makers allow Bryan Colangelo to try and re-build this team (through the draft or not)?
Bill V, Toronto
A: He’s on the hot-seat now. And it doesn’t matter how close you hold his feet to the fire, he knows what he’s up against and just because fans are clamouring for more success doesn’t mean he’s going to work harder. He’s worked to the best of his abilities since he got the job.
And if the Raptors go down in flames again this season with little appearance of improvement, I would imagine ownership might look long and hard at making a change.
So they’ve got this somewhat goofy mayor here in Boston, which as you know is one of the great sports cities in North America, right?
This week the guy, Tom Menino, is hosting an event this week as part of the NBA’s community efforts and the final.
Kids, dignitaries, some old players, some current players and various league office poobahs are gathered.
Mr. Mayor is saying his thanks to the NBA and includes Donald Sterns.
Of course, this is the same mayor who once referred to the guy who made the winning field goal in a Super Bowl as Adam Veritek so the locals just kind of rolled their eyes at the Sterns-Stern, Donald-David thing.
Not a particularly funny story but what the heck.