Sifting through noise and nonsense

There is a lot of it out there, and we all know this is just the beginning. All the rumors, be they about draft picks, free agents, coaches, etc. Speaking of which, has there ever been this many NBA head coach vacancies (or at least uncertainties, such as with Boston’s Doc Rivers) going into the summer?

The New Head Coach

No, we still don’t know who it is, or who it is going to be. But if it makes you feel any better, fans of several other NBA teams are in the same position right now. Only the Sixers fans have the luxury of either extolling or lamenting the choice of their new head coach (Doug Collins). A couple of the latest hot shot assistants seem to be seem to be getting closer to a deal if reports are to be believed. Well, did that make you feel better? Yeah, me neither….

 

Draft – Deft or Daft?

Some of you have already sounded off on assistant general manager david pendergraft’s draft day revelations, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still talk about it. As usual prospects are moving up and down the draft boards of most mock drafts, and probably on those of individual NBA teams as well. Take for instance, a one Mr. Kevin Seraphin, the French team center with the NBA body, who originally seemed like he might be available by the time the Hawks are on the clock. However, draftexpress.com has him going sooner than that. As always, things change quickly. Seraphin sustained an injury that will keep him out of NBA workouts for the next two weeks at least. If you’re not a fan of the pick, it won’t matter anyway, and of course there is no such thing as a completely and totally correct mock draft, let alone 20 plus days before the draft actually gets here. But what of other possible prospects?

Some say the Hawks need to be locked in on a player who can contribute in the frontcourt, the type the Hawks passed on last year in DeJuan Blair. Among those mentioned is Mississippi State’s JarvisVarnado, a 6′9″ shot swatter who also rebounds pretty well. His wingspan is impressive (7′3.5″), but at a suspect weight (does he really weigh 230, or is it 210?), he might be little more than another, slightly better Solomon Jones (though that’s not a bad thing when we’re talking role player). Another option would be Iowa State’s Craig Brackins , who is a completely different type. While Varnado is a defender/rebounder who struggles with his offensive approach to the game, Brackins is a power forward with range on his shot (3 point range, at that) with not-so-great rebounding skills and issues defending either the post or the perimeter.

Could Georgia Tech’s Gani Lawal be of service? His offensive skills are limited and he needs to become more disciplined on defense, but the energy level and work ethic are there. What of Dexter Pittman, the center from the University of Texas? Pittman’s main challenge has been his weight and body fat percentage, but his overall size is intriguing (6′11″ in shoes, 300 pounds, big hands). But would the Hawks be finding the next Glen “Big Baby” Davis, or even Jahidi White? Or would he just be another guy with intriguing size, but no real substance? Of course, the funny thing is that most of the guys mentioned above are slated in the second round. Should the Hawks pull the trigger early on one of them and not worry about where they are slotted, or should they wait and hope that one of them is around when the Hawks pick again, late in the 2nd round?

If the Hawks decide to wait on a big guy, then what kind of player should they target with their first pick? Not many have suggested a point guard, and probably for good reason. Some prospects that could be available by the time the Hawks pick include Kentucky’s Eric Bledsoe, Mississipi’s Terrico White, Kansas’ Sherron Collins, Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez, and California’s Jerome Randle (whom Draftexpress currently has the Hawks taking in the second round of the draft). Some of these guys are combo guards who don’t necessarily show the ability and awareness to be the type of floor leader the Hawks need. Others reportedly have the same problems that current Hawks point guard Jeff Teague was said to have. Either way, another point guard pick would probably raise the ire of most fans, and isn’t a great gamble with a latter first round selection.

That moves us on to the wing players, some of whom are clearly either shooting guards or small forwards, and others who can play both. While the story may not be completely done on Marvin Williams, many players have revealed what they can or simply will be by their fifth year. The Hawks can’t afford to gamble on the idea that Williams will surge back to respectability (and worthy of a starting role) either on his own or under a new head coach. In addition, Maurice Evans may not be around as an able (but undersized) option. So perhaps it would behoove Atlanta to looking into another swingman. The more versatile the better? Maybe, considering Joe Johnson may be gone by summer’s end, leaving Jamal Crawford the only currently credible gunner/scorer in the backcourt guaranteed to be under contract when the 2010-2011 season begins. Not that there won’t be other guys signed if Johnson is gone, or even that Johnson is sure to leave, but options have to be considered, don’t they? Okay, enough rambling, on to the prospects:

James Anderson of Oklahoma State could be available when Atlanta’s turn comes around, but he’s a mixed bag. Apathetic and rather ineffective on defense, Anderson can get it done on the offensive end, including some ability to get to the free throw line. Does Anderson’s potential make him a worthwhile gamble? Maybe, or maybe not. If a guy can’t be convinced to play defense by the time he has completed his junior year of college, it won’t be any easier in the pros. The Hawks need an improved defensive effort from their backcourt, not a regression. And while it’s become more cliche than the average Hawks fan probably likes “if JJ leaves”, then this problem becomes exacerbated. Exponentially. Up next is Stanley Robinson of Connecticut. Robinson has been compared to guys like Gerald Wallace, and that can’t be bad. Among his attributes include his ability to defend several positions, explosive athleticism (don’t we just love the cliches), a budding/decent spot up three pointer, and a tenacity on the boards. Robinson seems to have room to grow everywhere, but no areas that don’t look entirely fixable. Could he be like Corey Brewer of the Minnesota Timberwolves (only better)?

Possibly more intriguing is Washington’s Quincy Pondexter. This kid has potential and substance on both ends of the floor. Lacking good range from deep, Pondexter does well getting to the basket or hitting from midrange. He can also guard a variety of positions (always a plus) and has both the desire and focus to suceed defensively. Let me say that again: DESIRE and FOCUS. We can use more of that, can we not?

Needless to say, these are not all of the guys who might be available when the Hawks pick. However, it seems right now that guys like Xavier Henry (Kansas), Paul George (Fresno State), and Damion James (Texas) maybe be out of reach. But hey, we’re fans so we can hope and dream all we like.

Which positions would we as fans like to see the Hawks address in the first round? How about in the second? Should the Hawks try and pick up a college player in the second round, or another guy to stash overseas so that they don’t have to pay that guaranteed cash? Do you have another draft prospect that you feel should have been mentioned? Let’s hear it!

123 comments Add your comment

Sautee

June 2nd, 2010
8:08 pm

Oh no, do I have to use the F word?

BrittishAnger

June 2nd, 2010
8:11 pm

BrittishAnger

June 2nd, 2010
8:12 pm

Sucks, ever so close….

BrittishAnger

June 2nd, 2010
8:17 pm

Speaking of Big-Baby clones, nbadraft.net had us listed as drafting a Brazilian named Paulo Prestes a few weeks back, whose skills would be somewhere between Michael Batiste at the Panathiniakos level and Glen Davis. I’m still intrigued and hopeful our second round pick would go to somebody like that, a solid big to really build around at a bench level the way Zaza has been for the last couple of years. I think our first round pick will be a barometer regarding going forward with J.J., and I liked the idea of drafting Elliot Williams to have another southpaw to match with Josh going forward…I’m loving this insane summer already, let’s see what happens…

Sautee

June 2nd, 2010
8:17 pm

Nice stuff, Ray.

I’d say that while SF, PG and backup C/PF are the needs, go for a “contributor” at whichever position with #24. Or better yet, use Zaza to trade up to mid-round if we find a willing partner. With the 2nd round pick, go for a banger. Then use the MLE to sign Haywood, or the like.

Maybe by the draft Sund will have a read on what JJ will / might do. That would have a huge effect on draft strategy.

Sautee

June 2nd, 2010
8:19 pm

Sorry BA. If I’d known it meant so much to you, I’d have waited. ;-)

BrittishAnger

June 2nd, 2010
8:38 pm

@Sautee; it’s nothing serious man. I’ve received the honors before, but from the looks of the screen I was a contender tonight…next time Gadget, next time….

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uglyhelmet

June 2nd, 2010
9:49 pm

I don’t like Texas all that much “”BUT”" – I would love to get James (1st round) / Pittman (2nd). Backup plan would be Stanley Robinson (1st) / Pittman (2nd). JMO.

truthspitter

June 2nd, 2010
10:41 pm

Pondexter does not show desire. He only came on in his last year, that shows he is hungry to make money and the light came on when he saw that chance being hurt by his performance the 1st 3 years. Bledsoe, Bradley, Whiteside: If any of those 3 fall get them.
Sanders, Varnado both would go good would Zaza and his lack of defensive presence, SWAT trumphs Sanders due to the competition he played against and his total consistency.
Brackins comes after Whiteside, Varnado, and Sanders
Damion James or Paul George jump on them if they are there jump on them.
Lastly if all eles fails give Pondexter then Stanley Robinson a look.

Break the bank!

June 2nd, 2010
10:42 pm

The hawks need to break out the cash and pay whatever it takes to get D-Wade and Bosh, even if they pay them $20 mil per year each! They are easily worth it. Just raise prices to pay these salaries—atlanta fans will pay whatever to see a winner.

niremetal

June 2nd, 2010
11:08 pm

doc

June 3rd, 2010
12:13 am

Testing testing tsting

123

Test test

doc

June 3rd, 2010
12:15 am

sautee seems to be in form

Ed

June 3rd, 2010
2:57 am

Ray, picking at number 24 you must have a lot of flexiblity if you are going to pickup a future gem. If a player you had rated highly falls through, you gotta go with him and not force a position pick. Also, you have to be willing to roll the dice on certain concerns such as last year with Blair. It was the potential for future injury from something that happened in high school that dropped him to the second round. Of course the Hawks would say that last thing they were going to draft last year was another 6′9″ player. One example this year is Bledsoe even though we have Teague. Bledsoe never got to show off his point guard skills because of Wall, but he was a big time recruit. He would have been better served to have attended another school, or stayed for another year. Regardless, his potential is very high and would be well worth the risk.

Najeh Davenpoop

June 3rd, 2010
3:22 am

“Sifting through nonsense” is right… with all the straight up idiotic trade suggestions and free agent signing suggestions getting posted on these blogs every day from now until the season starts, it’s going to be damn near impossible to even read through them for the next few months.

Big Daddy

June 3rd, 2010
7:09 am

Ray, your choices are sound and I would like to think that the Hawks are going to make a choice that will help the team. The draft beyond the 10th pick always seems like such a crapshoot. I remember drafts with highly touted picks like Goose Givens, Rumeal Robinson and most recently Marvin Williams who did not live up to expectations. But there have also been drafts where there was a player who lived up to expectations and beyond, Dominique Wilkins, Kevin Willis and most recently Al Horford.

I think Teague has real potential and hopefully we can get someone in who can be a great role player at 24 through the draft. Maybe we can get Stanley Robinson or Quincy Poindexter. I believe our best possibility for drafting a good player is going to be for the small forward position. Someone who can be in the high 30’s or low 40 in percentage on the 3 and is willing and able to take it to the rim when available. However, I think our best bet for substantial help is going to be through free agency or trades.

O'Brien

June 3rd, 2010
7:36 am

Hawks can use help at every position. We need another SF, a backup PF, a defensive minded Center, a third (preferably defensive minded) PG, and a SG (especially if JJ leaves, and Mo opts out).

My preference would be to address our center and 3rd PG needs in free agency. But with so many holes, I agree with Ed. Picking at #24, I think you go with the best available player, regardless of position. And whatever position we don’t address in the draft, can be addressed in free agency.

This is line with what the assistant GM said, so I hope that means they are prepared to spend the MLE, the bi-annual exception, and bring Chills back (or sign and trade him) to get some players in here.

And I think that will have to be one of the selling points for JJ. Convince him that you will use both exceptions to bring quality free agents in here, to help us be more competitive.

The big question mark is how much the ASG is willing to spend.

wordsmithtom

June 3rd, 2010
7:46 am

Watched Varnado during the tournament. He isn’t beefy, but his willingness to hit the floor and jump into the stands for loose balls reminds me of “The Worm”. He will never be that “true center” guy we’ve long needed…forget that. But he is a defensive minded player. If beef we want; why not replace Collins with Siler? Given a full year of play in China, he’s got to be better than last summer, and Woody liked him then. I know, anything Woody liked is suspect….NOT. Woody was a good coach. He just had limited offensive vision and inability to adapt. He did, however, have a pretty good insight into players’ talent… Siler may never be a “Big Baby”, but he’s smart, strong, and we know the Cheeseberger is past his prime and RandMo can’t guard his shadow. RandMo can shoot, but we already have that in ZaZa. If we package ZaZa in a draft up trade, then we keep RandMo who can shoot. Rather have him than over-the-hill we already have riding the pines.

Astro Joe

June 3rd, 2010
9:18 am

Good stuff, Ray. I’m with Sautee, find me someone who can contribute immediately, I don’t care if he is a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or a heckuva mascot. Just someone who brings it hard (and “smartly”) when they are on the floor. And despite the notion that draft slotting is a predictor of your long-term success, I would love to see the Hawks purchase another 1st round pick from one of those teams with an extra choice in the 20s. I’d much rather have a late 1st round pick in roster slot 9-13 than a guy who wasn’t selected in the top 60 of his draft class.

Astro Joe

June 3rd, 2010
9:28 am

Some refreshing honesty from a head coach regarding his young PG:

Celtics coach Doc Rivers had a simple explanation for why the franchise chose Rondo over a more established point guard.

“We were out of money,” Rivers said.

“That’s probably the first thing. The second thing was, we just liked him.”

O'Brien

June 3rd, 2010
9:54 am

AJ,

I read that this morning too. But it’s easier to be honest when you’re on top. If Rondo had turned out to be a bust, I don’t think Rivers would be making those comments. Ironically, wasn’t Rondo selected with one of the picks that Phoenix got (and traded to Boston) for JJ?

From the nypost;

“The Post has learned Thibodeau yesterday rejected a Hornets offer that has been on the table for almost a week. Sources also said Thibodeau, credited as Boston’s defensive mastermind, is almost guaranteed to wind up with the Bulls, whom he met with two summers ago but lost out to Vinny Del Negro.”

As for the coaching carousel, I think Tom Thibodeau is the domino that’s holding up the line. I think he is waiting to see if Doc is taking the year off or not. If Doc takes the year off, then I think Thibodea would be the Celtics HC.

If Doc stays in Boston, then Thibodeau goes to the Bulls, Monty Williams ends up in New Orleans, and Avery Johnson ends up with the Nets. As for the Hawks, it will be interesting to see if Sund takes all this time only to turn around and hire Dwayne Casey, who has been reported as the favorite all along.

doc

June 3rd, 2010
10:23 am

najeh, little of the inane seems to filter over here and why i comment more here than the other. ludicrous at times is how i see it.

plus i get to indulge in some of ray’s antics as well as his astute commentaries. if you havent read it go back and see one of his classics on the last blog. rofl stuff.

Astro Joe

June 3rd, 2010
11:21 am

OB, I like that instead of claiming some sort of phenomenal ability to develop a raw talent or see the diamond in the coal, he essentially said that they had little choice but to go with Rondo due to financial issues. I think many GMs/coaches would more likely accept the credit rather than say that they are the benefactors of their environment (in this case, a lack of cap room).

I’m guessing that you all read the reports that Thibodeau struggles to make these kind of big decisions. Granted, choosing which job to take (which affects your family and potentially your long-term career) is a huge f’ing decision. But if I were a fan of a team considering Thibodeau, that would give me pause. But again, maybe he is comfortable making game decisions but struggles with bigger life decisions.

JC

June 3rd, 2010
11:47 am

Ok, so here’s a bit of math for you guys:

There are around 450 players in the league at any given time.

Seven players retired this past season

There are hundreds of players who are almost good enough to play in the NBA, go to the Summer League and training camp each year, some of which will get picked up for 10-day contracts or even season-long ones.

There are 60 draft slots

Not drawing any conclusions, but I wouldn’t be excited about this year’s draft unless I was the GM of the Bakersfield Jam.

Big Ray

June 3rd, 2010
12:33 pm

AJ ,

I think there is no reason to have pause about Thibodeau making a big decision like that. You already said it yourself: there is a world of a difference between making a decision that involves and ultimately affects your household, than making a decision on the job that you do for a living.

I know for me, it would be much harder and more involved to decide whether to stay where I am, or take my wife and two kids to another city for the sake of taking another job with another LE Agency. What about where the kids are going to go to school? What about the cost of living in the new area? Will my wife be able to transfer jobs, or will she have to change professions?

Decision making on the job? Much easier. Sure, the decisions I make can and are still potentially life-altering decisions, but the variables are often well known.

Big Ray

June 3rd, 2010
12:38 pm

That, and you really have to scout the job you’re being offered. I don’t blame Thibodeau for getting cold feet about New Orleans. The ownership situation is not settled, for one thing. Maybe the setup doesn’t look right to him. What if his philosophies don’t match up well at all with GM Jeff Bower’s? Lots to consider here…

O’brien ,

I wouldn’t be too let down if Sund went with Casey. Is it feasible to think that instead of him going through the motions “just to settle on Casey”, Sund might be seeing if there is anybody else out there that he likes MORE than Casey, or that he thinks is better for this team? Can we be sure that the job is Casey’s to lose? I wouldn’t assume that, and our only idea behind this in the first place is that the media reported as such. It’s in print, but it’s speculation, not fact.

I could be reaching here, but something tells me if Sund wanted Casey and wasn’t really interested in anybody else, then Casey would be here already. Philly did that with Doug Collins…

Astro Joe

June 3rd, 2010
1:10 pm

Ray, here’s the part that would give me pause… the notion that people closest to him aren’t surprised by this indecision. I mean, how many comparable decisions have they seen him waffle on? Seemingly, this is the first time that he has actually been close enough to a top position that he can pick and choose. Reports indicate that he was turned down in his previous attempts to land the big chair. So what else have they seen him struggle to decide? Can we assume they were smaller decisions than taking a head coaching job with one of several NBA teams? I think so. So what is this pattern of behavior based on if not head coaching opportunities?

Again, it would give me pause. Maybe because I have met too many people who struggle to make decisions from the driver’s seat but are legendary at offering up opinions from the back seat. In his current role, he has a big ‘ole safety net in Doc, who ultimately is accountable for the team’s success. If the Celtics defense collapses during The Finals, who will be placed on the hot seat by the Boston and national media? Certainly not Thibodeau. I can’t imagine that facing the NJ or Chicago media is easier than the NOLA media. But he can obviously grow if he does in fact have that as a personal opportunity. Still, I’d rather have our next head coach actively choose the Hawks than to have him drop into our laps because other teams grow tired of waiting for him to make a decision.

Astro Joe

June 3rd, 2010
1:14 pm

Didn’t MC report that Gearon was out of town for a few days? I know that Sund gets to make the decision, but it’s not as if he is going to make the announcement and hold a press conference without the team’s NBA Governor. So maybe he is both doing some more interviewing and/or waiting for Gearon to return.

Or, he could be waiting until after the Finals to have a chance to speak with Doc or Phil Jackson about the Hawks vacant position. Hello? Is this thing on? :8O:

Astro Joe

June 3rd, 2010
1:14 pm

O'Brien

June 3rd, 2010
1:16 pm

AJ,

I really think part of his ‘decision taking time’ is to stall in an effort to see what Doc Rivers does.

They say he prefers Chicago. And if so, I dont blame him. Bulls have cap room to add a max player (LeBron or JJ, maybe). N.O., on the other hand, is over the cap. Plus Chicago playing in the East has a better playoff chance compared to a team in the West.

Ray,

If there was anybody else out there, Rick Sund would have been aware of them and doing his research and interviews already. As far as we know, the guys who have been interviewed are Avery Johnson (2 or 3 times), Casey (twice), and the other Blazer assistant (interviewed over the phone).

There has been mention of Ty Corbin, Dan Majerle and Larry Drew, but its been really quiet on the coaching front. I guess the impatient fan in me just wants RIck to make a hire soon.

Astro Joe

June 3rd, 2010
1:24 pm

OB, and supposedly Mark Jackson was interviewed. I could see Thibodeau hoping to land the Celtics job if Doc leaves (and maybe, they have already had that discussion behind the scenes). If he wanted the Bulls gig, he should have just forced the Bulls to make an offer. It seems to me that other than the Celtics gig (which is not officially available), he could have likely influenced the timeline of the truly available openings.

So I retract the previous comment, because if he is holding out to stay in Boston (but obviously needs to wait for Doc), then that makes perfect sense. But if he is waffling on the jobs that are currently open (and have been open for a few weeks), then that would be worrisome if I were a fan of that team.

Astro Joe

June 3rd, 2010
1:29 pm

Lakers in 7. And Ron Artest turns Paul Pierce into Paula Pierce.

Melvin

June 3rd, 2010
2:07 pm

Astro,

Why should Thibodeau rush to make a decision when he’s holding all the triumph cards? Either he could stay where he’s and be comfortable (or a promotion) or he could hand pick his job. Besides, his current teams is about to start playing in the Finals so maybe he want to focus on the his job at hand….

Oh Yeah, Celtics will be the Champs again….

JoJo the Godfather

June 3rd, 2010
2:08 pm

Boston in 5. And Paul Pierce turns Ron Artest into Ronda Artest.

Big Ray

June 3rd, 2010
2:13 pm

AJ ,

I see your points, but I’m assuming nothing. Does his indecisiveness have ANYTHING to do with coaching…at all? If it doesn’t, I’m not interested in further speculation. But that’s just me. Personally, I don’t care if he has trouble deciding whether or not to take a certain job or whatever. Well, with one exception: if he’s back and forth on whether or not to take a job with my team, that might make me wonder whether or not he really wants to coach my team.

At any rate, I’m not all fired up about the guy to begin with. And I doubt he’s coming here.

O’brien ,

You have the same disease I have: impatience. Beyond that, we have no info on what Sund might be thinking, what factors are in the way of hiring whom, who he wants the most, etc. And he’s been a pretty good poker player about the whole thing. And, as AJ has noted, Gearon is away on business this week, so likely nothing gets done until next week. Dang it…

Melvin

June 3rd, 2010
3:29 pm

Oh my goodness. I don’t think I can take much more of MC blog today. Someone posted a S&T for Dirk without giving Joe,Josh,AL or Jamal…. Damn, Bibby, Marvin and ZaZa must have more value than we thought.

Marcus

June 3rd, 2010
3:34 pm

Big Ray

June 3rd, 2010
4:11 pm

Lakers in 7. And Ron Artest turns Paul Pierce into Paula Pierce.

VS.

Boston in 5. And Paul Pierce turns Ron Artest into Ronda Artest.

:lol: :lol:

Good stuff, guys…

i_am_soulstar

June 3rd, 2010
4:33 pm

Ray,

Any word on our guy Sergiy Gladyr possibly participating in summer league this year?

Big Ray

June 3rd, 2010
5:52 pm

I am soulstar

No word lately. I think the Hawks want him to remain overseas for another year of “seasoning” before he comes here, but I don’t know for certain. I see no harm in inviting him to summer league, though. Can’t hurt a bit, I’d think…

O'Brien

June 3rd, 2010
5:56 pm

Big Ray,

If Cenk Ayol or Gladyr can become contributors for the Hawks, that would be awesome. Because second round picks dont usually turn into much.

MC’s blog implied that the Hawks have serious interest in Avery Johnson. If they do, then why not go ahead and offer him the job already (behind closed doors of course. that way if he turns it down, no PR damage).

vava74

June 3rd, 2010
8:14 pm

The Hawks are experts in seasoning european prospects: they remain here until they get sour! :-)

Astro Joe

June 3rd, 2010
8:53 pm

What you talkin’ ’bout vava (tribute to Gary Coleman)? Isn’t Josh Childress one of the best players in Europe… we trained him pretty well to excel in Eurpoe. :twisted:

Melvin

June 3rd, 2010
9:47 pm

Maybe Sund is waiting to see what Doc is going to do before make his choice.

Astro Joe

June 3rd, 2010
11:05 pm

Thibodeau better go ahead and accept a head coaching position before the Lakers make folk start wondering about his much-hyped defensive schemes.

Melvin, I think Sund is waiting to see what Phil is going to do.

doc

June 4th, 2010
12:41 am

aj you beat me to it. ;-) had the same thought as the celts got drummed on like ringo starr. his own rising star might start to flame out if he isnt careful.

vava74

June 4th, 2010
2:41 am

Astro, doc,

The Celts are physically over matched in these series with Garnett being just a shadow of the player he was 2 years ago.

Add Kobe to the equasion and you’ll find out that there is no Thibodeau in the world that can disguise that.

vava74

June 4th, 2010
6:27 am

I am defending on the other blog the idea that on a different year and in a less deep draft (in particular one with less quality prospects for the PG position) than last year’s, Teague could have been easily selected #8 or even as high as #5.

Anyone else wants to bash me for this thought? I know that this is an off-topic, but the Lakers-Celtics finals are not really within context either.

O'Brien

June 4th, 2010
7:02 am

AJ, doc,

I dont think anybody is going to blame Thibodeau entirely for this loss. As the D-coordinator, he is responsible for the game plan, but just watching the game, it looked to me like players did not execute. Plus his body of work is still top notch.

Conspiracy theory: The Hawks had a chance to get Doc Rivers (when they signed Woody), but allegedly, his price tag was too high, so they passed on him. Maybe Doc thought ownership was being cheap, and he is holding it against them, so his opinion to Thibodeau to pass on the Hawks job, especially since he has other offers.

vava,

I disagree. Even in another (less deep) draft, I think the best Teague could hope for would be the bottom of the lottery (#10 – 14).

O'Brien

June 4th, 2010
7:10 am

From espn.com;

“Numerous NBA coaching sources believe that Ainge’s former teammate Kevin McHale will receive strong consideration for Rivers’ post if the Celtics wind up needing a new coach next season.”

I dont know what Doc Rivers will do, but props to AJ, who mentioned McHale to Boston (if Doc leaves)weeks ago.

doc

June 4th, 2010
8:39 am

vava just saying the guy was given much cred earlier, now some of that has to be pulled back if his guys continue to look confounded and overmatched. no i dont think it will affect his job search either, just saying his stock was so high. fortunately, they didnt meet earlier or one might have never heard of the guy, no?

yeah guys, aj isnt so dumb after all. give him respect he is due even if it is to keep discussion super charged. guy has a lot of wisdom and insight, smarter than the avg blind squirrel looking for a nut.

Astro Joe

June 4th, 2010
9:16 am

Here’s what I know (okay, here’s what I beleive), if the Hawks had given up 34 points in the 3rd quarter, some of y’all would be claiming that he didn’t make the adjustments at half-time like the opposing coach did and the team lost as a result. So if Thibodeau is the defensive mastermind, shouldn’t he be held accountable for the blitz that had them down by 20?

Artest set the tone in the first 30 seconds… we’re not the punks that you guys beat 2 years ago. And Gasol also showed that he is a new creature, as he stopped being Sau after that butt-kicking KG applied in 2008. His 20/10 also sent a strong signal.

Sunday should be a great game, because Boston knows that they are not a great home team and going back east down 2-0 likely means the series is over in 6 games. So I expect Pierce to be super aggressive from jump street and Ray Allen to fire off as many shots as possible. Doc will have them in desperation mode Sunday, it should be a great game to watch.

Astro Joe

June 4th, 2010
9:17 am

doc, I prefer roasted and salted peanuts in the shell, thank you. :)

Melvin

June 4th, 2010
10:04 am

I told yall Thibodeau lost some luster in the Magic series (check the archives). However, the pressure was on LA to win game 1 last night. Now the pressure is on the Celtics to steal game 2 Sunday. We will see what type of adjustments Doc will make. Speaking of Doc, I have to give him credit. How genius was it for him to collect a $100 from each player and place it the ceiling of the Forum back in March and told the team if they want their money back then they need to make it to the Finals to get it out the ceiling. Kudos to Doc for that one…

Melvin

June 4th, 2010
10:12 am

Vava,

Last year was the PG draft and I believe Teague would have been a lottery pick in another draft. Also, I think he’s going to be a better pro than all of the PGs that was pick ahead of him except for Brandon and Evans (who’s going to move to SG at some point).

Astro Joe

June 4th, 2010
10:32 am

Melvin, better than Steph Curry and Johnny Flynn and Darren Collison and Ty Lawson? COOL!

Melvin

June 4th, 2010
10:54 am

Astro,

I forgot about Curry. Maybe not him but Flynn and Lawson, yes. Collinson was pick after Teague, wasn’t he? Just my opinion, so if I’m wrong. Oh well….

JoJo the Godfather

June 4th, 2010
11:15 am

I think we have to sign Avery Johnson just to send a message to the league and free agents. Everyone is expecting Sund to make the pick he’s comfortable with, Casey. No on actually expects him to hire Johnson. Its assumed to be posturing. Even if its the wrong hire, it shows Sund has some ballz and that he’s not just the conservative, methodical GM people see him as.

As for the draft, find a way to get Greivis Vasquez out of Maryland (SG with PG handle) to ease a possible loss of Crawford in the next 13 months. Could turn out to be very similar players. And get Trevor Booker out of Clemson. The guy was timed the fastest player down the court (faster than Wall) at the combine, and was second in the bench press. Experienced, athletic, high-energy guy off the bench.

Keep JJ…S&T Childress or let him walk…Stackhouse & Petro on veteran deals….and an up tempo offense please!!!

doc

June 4th, 2010
11:33 am

melvin thy might have shown up to get their money but that is all they did last night.

they better show up with more effectiveness on both ends of the court if they want to lift the trophy or put rings on again.

bynum in the midddle sure did create probs for rondo, artest took out pierce on a great high school wrestling take down and allen cannot cover kobe. right now my over enthusiasm for the celts is showing and the lakers match up well. suns number two in the world, for now.

aj, can i call you the peanut man instead of acorn joe? ;-)

Melvin

June 4th, 2010
12:02 pm

Doc,

Not to make excuses for the Celtics but that game was officiate terrible last night. I expect a better performance from Boston on Sunday. And Rondo haven’t done nothing since he drove on the floor in game 3 against the Magic. He’s not attacking and finishing at the rim like he did earlier in the playoffs.

Astro Joe

June 4th, 2010
1:37 pm

Wow, Danny Ferry is resigning as the Cavs GM. Wasn’t he a recent Executive of the Year winner?

Astro Joe

June 4th, 2010
1:46 pm

O'Brien

June 4th, 2010
1:58 pm

AJ,

I think he won executive of the year twice. If he is resigning, its probably because he doesn’t want to be held hostage by the Lebron situation .

As for the Lakers 34 point quarter, thibodeau’s body of work is top notch. So one bad game, one bad quarter here and there wont tarnish his reputation much (if any).

Now if the Celtics get blown out in all their losses, then it might be different story. And if that does happen, doc and the players would share some of the blame too

Melvin

June 4th, 2010
2:30 pm

Dang, I guess Lebron wants to pick the next GM as well….

Astro Joe

June 4th, 2010
2:33 pm

Melvin, I understand that the Governor of Ohio says that if neccessary, he will resign also. It’s getting f’ing ridiculous.

O'Brien

June 4th, 2010
2:44 pm

AJ,

I think ferry was exec of the year. Maybe even twice. If he does resign, it could be because he doesn’t want to be held hostage by the lebron situation.

As for the lockout, I find it hard to believe that the NBA is losing $380 mil. I know that the economy is down, but $380 mil?

Astro Joe

June 4th, 2010
3:01 pm

Melvin, I understand that the Governors of New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Ohio have a resignation letter ready to be submitted if LeBron wants his mother to take over one of their repsective offices. (I think Florida dude has already indicated he won’t seek re-election, so maybe the Heat have an advantage). No price is too high to sign King James. (Personally, I find it nauseating).

OB, I agree with you on all your points. But we all know that the time when we read the most lies is during the walk-up to political elections and labor disputes. A whole lot of folk walk around with long noses during those points in time.

Astro Joe

June 4th, 2010
3:03 pm

OB, it’s official, Ferry is borrowing moving boxes from Mike Brown as we speak.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5252256

Big Ray

June 4th, 2010
3:05 pm

I thought head coaches were the ones who were responsible overall for what happens in a game? Silly me…

Astro Joe

June 4th, 2010
3:13 pm

Ray, blows my theory apart… I thought as long as you spend big money, that success was inevitable. Now we have both Isiah Thomas and Danny Ferry as evidence to the contrary. Oh well, at least I was right that the Braves would suck this year. Oops, dang it.

Astro Joe

June 4th, 2010
3:16 pm

Oops, my bad, are you talking about the Thibodeau comment?

Big Ray

June 4th, 2010
3:37 pm

LOL…nevermind AJ , just keep doing your thing…

doc

June 4th, 2010
4:07 pm

Chris grant who turned down a hawks intreview wasnt it, has hs ols bosses job.

Yean bravos have me eating crow too especially glauss who has to be into the same stuff palmero did on his last year.

Two things they learned from last year. Don’t keep a kid on the farm if you got a chance to be a lot better until it makes money sense and to make changes in the structure of your line up early rather than too late like they did with second base last year . Putting prado and hayward at the top
changed the complexion of the team immediately. In years gone by cox might have waited until Hayward lost his mojo before makng the move to protect him.

Astro Joe

June 4th, 2010
4:27 pm

doc, now why did you have to bring PEDs into the conversation? And if he is using, can he share some with #10 and mMcLousey?

Ray, someone needs to help manage the store in the mornings. 8O

Astro Joe

June 4th, 2010
4:35 pm

McLousey, McOut, McLouth… all the same person.

Melvin

June 4th, 2010
4:43 pm

Doc,

I wonder if Doc and the Celtics left some money in Phx, SA or Dallas ceilings as well…. lol

Astro Joe

June 4th, 2010
4:52 pm

Melvin, I wonder if Phil Jackson left some money at Philips Arena?

Hello? Is this thing on? (crickets) Dang it!

doc

June 4th, 2010
5:02 pm

you mean mcloathe, acorn? heh heh

melvin good query.

yeah the mice will play when big gay is away. ;-)

astro ROFL. yeah phil had a plan for us too i bet? oh astro you will will love this one. espn just reported phil called woody and borrowed woody’s game plan down to a T for last nights victory against the C’s man. guess he is calling woody now to ask about in between game adjustments.

mean just mean, my master would not be proud now.

O'Brien

June 5th, 2010
9:19 am

So mark Jackson gets another interview. Interesting.

I like mark Jackson. He was a good PG for many years, and he seems to have the old school tough mentality. Plus he sounds like he knows X’s an O’s. And he might be good for teague.

But I am concerned about his lack of coaching experience. I would love to have him on staff…as an assistant.

It worked for Doc Rivers going from the Booth to coaching, but I’m not sure we should take that chance with mark Jackson.

doc

June 5th, 2010
10:00 am

o’b i dont oppose jackson on the surface but agree. obviously, the guy is articulate and can think as well as express himself. that might be the critical feature of being a coach, to convey a message that is heard. i am not sure of who he brings or how he handles himself in times of crisis or stress. it would be his first job and we dont need OJT right now, we have done that experiment.

right now, i favor casey. he has been on the job before, comes with player credentials as well as recs, has continued to learn and be connected to the game so he can bring good people with him. finally and most important he really performed well in a terrible situation, in his first stop. he did too well is my guess and they had to get rid of him to get a lottery position is the way it looked in minny. he has to have learned even more since then i would hope, plus he worked with the king of “big teachers” in japan.

sorry, i think avery is not the guy for the job in this town. he is too polarizing and too, the lightening rod.

dr.maryb

June 5th, 2010
10:20 am

MUSICAL CHAIRS

5 chairs & 6 butts – if Thibbedeau doesn’t grab a seat soon? He may find himself standing.
(I seriously doubt that happens, he looks close to getting a done – deal in Chicago)
But, why would you go to a team that turned you away previously. What ever happened to holding grudges?
Besides, that Chicago front office is GANGSTA! A lot of bad vibes emanates from their owners & Paxon.

I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it started for me when MJ was there or NOT there – if you know what I mean. Flash, touched on it a couple weeks ago when he questioned the organization’s
LOYALTY to its players! I see steam rising from a pile of SHIAT ~ ~ ~ over there in Chicago! (See Vinny Del Negro being micro-managed down on the sidelines). Something about Noah’s PT?

Now, Thibbedeau … He is a very interesting man. He scares me … He has look in his eyes that is way too intense. Does he even know how to smile & relax a little. I would hate to get nailed by this guy…. He’d
Probably blow a hole in the mattress! No thanks, I’ll pass on him too.

In retrospect, maybe Thibb’s & the Bulls are a perfect match!

So, back to the MUSICAL CHAIRS

4 Chairs & 5 Butts. Shouldn’t there be more butts? Or, will that lead to too many people sitting on other people’s laps? But, hey, I’m a freak! I like Lap – Dancing!

Now where is my black & tan cheetah THONG! It’s been a while since I’ve had to pull that ole thing out the crack of my azz..

dr.maryb

June 5th, 2010
10:41 am

1. Atlanta – Casey / Johnson / Drew / M. Jackson. Is that it? What’s taking so long then?
2. NO – Monty Williams / ?.
3. NJ – Johnson / ?
4. Cleveland – ?
5. Chicago – Thibbedeau / ?

What the hell is going on here?
5 Chairs & a shallow coaching talent pool … Why is that? Where are the choices people? We may as well let Lary Drew take a shot … Why not & go with familiarity & stability from the unstable inside.

O'Brien

June 5th, 2010
10:46 am

Doc,

I guess it bothers me a little bit too that the Guy wants to be a head coach, but doesn’t want to spend the time as an assistant. Shouldn’t you do whatever you can to make yourself more marketable and more experienced?

And who would his assistants be? Now if he was bringing Jeff vanGundy as an assistant, i would think about it. But in the meantime, Let someone else give him his first job.

One of nire’s guys, Monty Williams is the new hornets coach. And I think thibodeau will be the bulls head coach (they say thibodeau wants to wait until after the finals to decide, plus he has the nets as a possible option).

Maybe hawks will name their coach this week.

Big Ray

June 5th, 2010
11:25 am

I don’t know what’s funnier:

Interviewing a guy with ZERO coaching experience for the SECOND time, or the fact that the guy the ASG didn’t want to hire (Chris Grant) as GM is now GM over the team that Danny Ferry just left…

dr.maryb

June 5th, 2010
11:47 am

Blue-Ray
(Clear Point)

Man, this WHOLE off-season is funny.
From LeBron’s “What was that about? & Who cares? – Larry King interview, all the way down to – “Where is the Coaching pool?”

Where are the real coaches at? Why are we discussing – M. Jackson & Larry Drew? Everyone wanted to Fire all their coaches, now all the GM’s are under the spot-lights & scratching their azzes!

As though, they didn’t foresee they would need a new coach?

O'Brien

June 5th, 2010
1:19 pm

Big ray,

It will be interesting to see what Chris grant does. Who do they hire as coach, what do they do if lebron leaves?

Rick sund has similar issues (coaching hire, what to do if jj leaves). But he is under much less pressure.

Does it bother anyone that we are the only team interviewing mark Jackson? are the other teams scared off by his lack of experience?

doc

June 5th, 2010
2:47 pm

,no it is one more indication the ASG is that much smarter than everyone else boo boo, i mean o’b.

O'Brien

June 5th, 2010
6:30 pm

Bulls have named thibodeau their coach. Hornets have Williams.

That leaves nets, hawks, cavs and clippers. Nets and cavs might be waiting to talk to Phil Jackson (money is no object for nets owner,and cavs owner will pay Phil to increase the chances of lebron coming back) .

I’m surprise I haven’t heard much about the clippers and their opening. Anyways, hopefully hawks will name their Guy this week.

doc

June 5th, 2010
9:33 pm

well OB, the good news is we still have three to pick from as our guys havent been stolen from us yet. ;-)

O'Brien

June 5th, 2010
9:56 pm

Doc,

I think nets will end up with Avery Johnson. So we will choose between Casey and mark Jackson. I think Casey gets the job eventually

vava74

June 6th, 2010
5:32 am

This delay explain the following IMO:

Sund wants people and JJ to think that we are making a push for Avery.

He has already agreed with Casey which profile is average but can be explained as a trusted choice.

Mark Jackson is just for the purpose of having a smoke screen.

Astro Joe

June 6th, 2010
10:35 am

One good thing about Mark Jackson is that he may be able to secure some really good assistants. I was thinking about someone like Antonio Davis who I think lives in the ATL area and was a former Pacers teammate with Jackson. Derrick McKey always played the game with intelligence, I wonder if he has any coaching interests. Doc was successful coming from the booth to the bench in part because he hired a really strong staff in Orlando. Sund may need to feel like Jackson’s staff is better than the suggested staff of the other coaching candidates to ultimately offer him the spot.

Big Ray

June 6th, 2010
10:42 am

Good point, AJ

O'Brien

June 6th, 2010
10:46 am

Agreed. And truth be told, I was never impressed with Woody’s assistants. Speaking of Mark Jackson though, there is a good read on a interview he did with nbafanhouse.com. Maybe someone can post the link. Some excerpts:

“I think it depends on who’s doing the hiring,” Jackson said. “I think you’ve got great examples of it, just like any other hire. And then you have examples where it didn’t work. Doc Rivers was hired with no experience, and he’s as good as it gets as coaching goes.”

“It’s important to surround yourself with people who are as smart or smarter than you, and who will put you in a position to be successful. And that makes sense to me, whether it’s a brand new coach or a veteran coach”

“I think for any coach, the challenge is to keep it fresh,” Jackson said. “That’s any coach. To make sure the message doesn’t get stale. To get your team to play hard all the time, and to compete.”

Melvin

June 6th, 2010
11:03 am

If Sund decides to go the inexperience route, I hope his HC hires at least one former HC on his staff. Like Brooks did with Mo Cheecks. Speaking of Cheecks, Thibodeau is trying to recruit him to join the Bulls staff. Cheecks would have been my pick to take the reigns in Hawksland…

O'Brien

June 6th, 2010
11:07 am

Melvin,

Another assistant Thibodeau is looking at is Eric Musselman, another former head coach.

O'Brien

June 6th, 2010
11:20 am

Melvin,

If you wanted the guy to take over the reigns in Hawksland, the least you can do is spell his name right.

It’s Cheeks, not Cheecks lol.

Melvin

June 6th, 2010
11:38 am

OB,

You got me….

doc

June 6th, 2010
11:39 am

yeah, i posted earlier and maybe on the other site a coach may need first to be a communicator, then hire assistants right and then be smart and able to change on the fly. not saying jackson cant do those things and we all know he shows good communication skills and maybe can think quickly on his feet to keep it fresh as if he didnt he would be off the air quickly. he certainly is smart enough to know what needs to happen on the floor as he has his chops there.

still, doc wasnt totally successful in his first job. most arent except maybe the best in phil. mark jackson wont be a bad hire is my guess. the safer hire to me is casey. the lightening rod is avery. since i am a little averse to electricity i would favor not doing the ben franklin thing and hoisting up a kite to see how strong the charge is.

the delay in hiring may affect who is available as assistants. so let us giterdun my boy rick.

O'Brien

June 6th, 2010
12:05 pm

Doc Rivers coaching record in Orlando:

41-41, 43-39, 44-38, 42-40, and 1-10 (although the roster wasn’t so strong, and Grant Hill was injured a lot). But compare that to his record in Boston, especially with the big 3, and it makes you realize that coaches need good players too.

The Hawks have good players. Especially if JJ comes back. They just need the right coach, and a few roster tweaks.

doc

June 6th, 2010
12:31 pm

coaches can make good players better ala phil in l a and chiitown and hubie and karl as they showed when they went to memphis and denver, respectively. some can make lemonaide out of lemons as adelman does among others where they dont let teams become overwhelmed no matter the style of player. yes, as we opined in another blog, it is a players league and coaches that cant keep the rein held are soon found out as well as those that cant keep up against other coaches when the horses are pretty close to the same. dont forget doc’s record before the big three either.

wordsmithtom

June 6th, 2010
12:32 pm

Jackson clearly has the communications skills. He has proven player cred. What he lacks in coaching experience, he makes up for in knowledge of the game due to watching action both east and west. I agree with others that he probably attracts better quality assistants. More that that, I suspect borderline free agent talent would be inclined to sign on for a coach they know as a knowledgable talent.
Don’t have anything against Casey, as I hear his former players think highly of him.

Whomever; getterdone before the assistant pool gets mopped up.

O'Brien

June 6th, 2010
1:27 pm

Cleveland is still looking to make changes. From si.com;

“According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s, Brian Windhorst, league sources have said the team is trying to determine the trade value for Mo Williams and looking into unloading Delonte West.”

O'Brien

June 6th, 2010
4:39 pm

Since the blog is so slow, I have a question.

Would you rather sign JJ to 5 years, $90 mil, or John Salmons for 5 years $45 mil?

Astro Joe

June 6th, 2010
5:55 pm

OB, Joe.

And the Cavs HAVE to get rid of Delonte West… even if those rumors aren’t true.

I head MC on 790TheZone this afternoon (unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they post their weekend interviews)… he didn’t say too much new. Just that Mark Jackson had previously talked to Sund and now he wil talk to Gearon and the owners. He would NOT say that Casey is the leading candidate, he didn’t seem to think there is one at this point. He also said that to his knowledge, Joe has not dismissed returning to the Hawks, although he mentioned how that would be financially stupid to do so).

I’ll say this… and this is strictly my interpretation of MC’s comments and nothing he explicitly said, he doesn’t seem to consider Mark Jackson a legit coaching candidate. Again, it was just something aout the way that he talked about Jackson and this next interview, it left me thinking that at least MC is convinced that Jackson isn’t likely to get the job. I think the host felt that same way, which probably led to the question about Casey being the lead dog in the race.

Astro Joe

June 6th, 2010
6:02 pm

OB, if he opts out, I’d rather have Azubuike for 5/$30M.

O'Brien

June 6th, 2010
6:39 pm

AJ,

Isn’t Azubuike a SF though? At least Salmons can play the SG position. I do hope JJ resigns, but his price tag gives me pause.

With that being said, if JJ does resign, I think we should trade Crawford to add some depth, because Crawford is an expiring contract. And with JJ’s salary, we probably wouldnt use our exceptions.

As for Mark Jackson, I dont think he is a serious candidate either. i think it will come down to Avery Johnson and Dwayne Casey. And I think the whole NBA will be surprised if Casey does not get the job.

O'Brien

June 6th, 2010
9:02 pm

AJ,

Lakers have 30 points with 6 minutes left in the second quarter. Does Thibodeau get the credit?

Melvin

June 6th, 2010
9:23 pm

Good thing the Hawks got rid of Shelden. He just gave the Lakers 7 straight pts to closed the 1st half. My goodness.

doc

June 6th, 2010
9:25 pm

shelhead sighting, he still sucks.

nice closing by the lakers before the half.

O'Brien

June 6th, 2010
9:30 pm

Just when I was bragging about the Celtics D, they allow the Lakers to close the half on a run.

Celtics better be careful in the third quarter, because despite their hot shooting, the lead is down to 6. If the Lakers score the first 2 buckets in the third quarter, Celtics could be in trouble.

After all, the Celtics were outscored by 9 in the third quarter of game 1.

O'Brien

June 6th, 2010
9:46 pm

SMH at the Celtics. Just what I was talking about….Allowing the Lakers to make a third quarter run.

Refs are not helping though.

Astro Joe

June 6th, 2010
9:49 pm

OB, Azubuike is a younger and better version of Mo Evans. Similar games and work ethic. But he is definitely more of a SG than a SF. And regarding Thibodeau, he accepted the Bulls position, so right now, Lakers can score 90 points in the next half and he’ll still have the big job in the big chair.

O'Brien

June 6th, 2010
10:02 pm

These refs have been terrible. A lot of these fouls have been blocks.

Astro Joe

June 6th, 2010
10:11 pm

http://kauffmansports.com/coaches.php

Interesting to see that Mark Jackson and Eric Snow are listed as “Coaching Clients” within their agent’s website. Oh yeah, in the Front Office Clients list is some guy name Billy Knight.

Melvin

June 6th, 2010
10:26 pm

You gotta love Big Babe. He doesnt shy away from the big lights at all…

Melvin

June 6th, 2010
10:33 pm

The NBA need to enfore a Jack Nicholson rule and remove those chairs next to the opposing team bench. Doc need to elbow “the Joker” in his kisser the next time he jumps out his chair to yell in his ears…

Melvin

June 6th, 2010
11:00 pm

The Lakers committed intentional fouls for the last 2 mins and still had a +15 freethrows advantage…

O'Brien

June 6th, 2010
11:20 pm

Melvin,

We could have gone after big baby with the mid-level last offseason.

O'Brien

June 7th, 2010
7:05 am

Good game recognition by Doc Rivers last night. His team was 1 second away from getting an 8 second violation with the game on the line, and he charged onto the court to call a timeout. I didn’t know that was allowed though.

And to think, Boston contemplated trading Ray Allen at the deadline. His free agent contract value just went up.

Anyone hear the rumors that the Cleveland owner (MSU alum) is going to offer the job to Tom Izzo?

Astro Joe

June 7th, 2010
9:15 am

Looks like Drew is being interviewed. And this makes it sound like adecision could happen fairly soon.. if they have decided to stop with the 4 prime candidates (Avery, Casey, Jackson and Drew).

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/basketball/nba/06/06/hawks/#ixzz0q8Ldvcq9

O'Brien

June 7th, 2010
10:33 am

Thanks for the link AJ. As an impatient fan, its good to read that a decision will be coming soon, as early as mid-week.

I’m glad Larry Drew got an interview. Given the 4 options, I still think Casey will be the selection. As an outsider, if I had to choose between them, I would go with Avery or Casey.