Coaching questions will abound; oh, and some fashion, too
Came as little surprise that Gregg Popovich out in San Antonio was named NBA coach of the year yesterday, he did a masterful job massaging an old roster that needed rest and was hit by some injuries and coaxed it to the best record in the league.
Sure, there were a few other worthy candidates – Frank Vogel, Tom Thibodeau, Doc Rivers, George Karl come quickly to mind – but no one can really dispute the selection of Pop, who’s now a two-time winner.
But what about the other end? We could be in for a shocking summer of coaching moves and new hires and it’s going to be truly interesting to see who winds up where.
It’s entirely possible that almost a quarter of the league will have new coaches when the 2012-13 season gets under way next year and that’s a huge turnover that we seldom see.
I don’t for a second think Stan Van Gundy will be back in Orlando (no way he goes through another year of the Dwight Howard Circus) and we’ve already got Charlotte looking for someone new.
I imagine Washington will be looking for someone new, I would presume a new GM in Portland (if they ever get around to actually hiring one) would want his own guy in there and I have no clue what Glen might do in New York; Mike Woodson’s done a good job but ownership may clamour for a bigger name.
There are questions about Vinny Del Negro with the Clips and I don’t know if Scott Skiles gets to go back to Milwaukee and that coaching carousel could spin incredibly.
So what are the good jobs among those that could come open?
Yikes, that’s hard to figure out, isn’t it?
None of those teams is blessed with a lot of talent, a couple (Orlando and New York) come with baggage away from court that might make them undesirable.
The best, and it’s not even a certainty that it’ll come open, is the Clipper gig. Good young talent coming off a pretty good season and maybe only a piece or two away from being very good.
But you also have Donald Sterling to deal with and that can be a dicey proposition; there is no suggestion that owner won’t screw things up somehow.
Now, there are only 30 jobs like this in the entire world so someone’s going to want them. Someone is going to work for whatever wages they can get. Someone is going to think they can find the magic elixir to deal with off-court issues. Someone is going to have enough self-confidence to say, “screw it, I can do this job even if it looks impossible.”
Not sure who those guys are though. Outside of Van Gundy and perhaps Woodson this doesn’t look like of group of possibly departing coaches who’ll get right on the treadmill and find another gig right away.
And you have no idea how thankful I am that a coaching search isn’t something I have to worry about this summer.
And who does fashion better than us, right?
Me? I like the change because it seems subtle, very subtle, so subtle that I can hardly tell the difference.
And that’s good, right?
There is something to be said for tradition and while the Argos may be a terrible downturn in the public eye at the moment, there is truly a rich tradition and to go away from it wouldn’t have made any sense.
That’s said, if they had incorporated the old scull with the dozens of oars and used “Pull Together” as the slogan, that would have been very cool.
Anyway, this is shaping up to be something of a big summer for the Double Blue and I hope they find some way to become more relevant. Guess that only comes with wins and some measure of excitement rather than new jerseys but a new look can’t hurt.
I know they must be on the right track at least a little bit because there was talk around here about buying Grey Cup tickets as soon as they went on sale so that was a bit of unexpected and rather welcome attention to a franchise that needs it.
Now, a bit more fashion, and I’m a tad late to the dance on this one.
Super Son’s aghast, I just heard, about the boring ‘B’ in black and white with no real colour to the whole thing.
Sure, it’s understated and monochromatic might be the way to go in some circles but that new Nets thing is just boring.
And they so should have had some kind of trolley car in there, even if they didn’t go with Dodgers.
Okay, away from fashion for now.
Pardon the digression.
I’m going to say this: If Vinny Del Negro got anywhere near a coach of the year vote (and he did) and Dwane didn’t, it’s ridiculous. Now, you know I didn’t have Dwane on my ballot (it was Pop, Vogel, Thibodeau) but if you’re going throw away third place ballots on Vinny, throw ‘em away on Case. Unless, of course, you didn’t see him coach.
There are very, very, very few moments of true drama in baseball; as we know it’s a game played at a certain pace and those “Bang! Pow! Wow!” moments come few and far between.
A key at-bat can provide some drama, sure; and every now then there’s a specific pitch we might remember.
But nothing in the game approximates a walk-off homer, does it?
And when that homer is struck by one of the more emotional and vocal and excitable guys to come down the pike in a while, that’s not too bad.
Told you Hobbs had some sense of the moment in him.
Hey, let’s start the mail, shall we.
There’s a very good chance we’ll start going to one weekend mailbag (do you care which day?) so I can get a bit of a break on either Saturday or Sunday morning but that means we need to start a bit earlier than usual.