Patience is a virtue. Good things come to those who wait. Such wonderful old sayings, but do they apply to the ongoing search for a new Atlanta Hawks head coach?
Scratch that, the Atlanta Hawks aren’t searching for a coach. They don’t need to be patient or wait for good things to come to them. How many coaching candidates have come their way already? How many interviews have been conducted? How many guys are still out there, ready for a job? This isn’t about patience. This isn’t about long-suffering. It’s about indecision, and no matter how you try to spin that, indecision is a detriment to any organization. You cannot strike while the iron is hot, if you’re going to deliberate all day on what kind of hammer to use, or where you want the anvil positioned. Or is the issue more primitive? Is it as simple as one person liking this guy, and the other person liking another, with neither willing to budge on the horse he’s backing? How many people are backing different guys? What does it take to come to an agreement or compromise of some sort? Isn’t this sort of thing what went on the first time the Atlanta Spirit Group had a major faction (hello, Steve Belkin) issue?
Maybe many of us, myself included, are being unreasonable. Maybe those with differing opinions have very valid points. It’s not like we know the details of the situation right now. We have to rely on what is reported, and that is never the whole story. Perhaps debate is a good thing. At some point however, debate mutates into indecision. Indecision leads to confusion, lack of confidence, and eventually wholesale destruction of an organization.
Here’s a quick solution for the owners – let Rick Sund make the choice in the end, and don’t take it personal if he doesn’t back the guy you picked. Why? Because that’s what you pay him to do. Right? Um…..right? Sometimes, I really wonder. Doesn’t every team have a team governor? Doesn’t the governor get the final say so on transactions like this (unless of course, there is a coup d’ etat in the works…ahem, ahem..)? At the very least, that should work if you don’t trust your General Manager to do the job you hired him to do.
By the way, for those who are wanting David Stern to broker a deal that gets different ownership of the Hawks, I have news for you: it was David Stern who got this group together. Send him a letter. He might read it after he gets finished levying a fine on The Pope for complaints about the officiating in game 3 of the NBA Finals. I heard the Papal office hasn’t been this ticked off since Dan Brown wrote those books…
Back to the point at hand. We as fans probably aren’t nearly as upset about the fact that a head coach hasn’t been selected yet. We probably aren’t even collectively concerned with the fact that some of the hotter names have gone elsewhere. What has us so bugged is yet another public report, pointing out the apparent flaws in the organization that we squawk about on blogs all the time, but secretly hope aren’t really true. Do we complain about the decisions (or lack thereof) in ownership, on the sideline, and in the front office? Of course, we’re fans, it’s what we do! But we do so among ourselves. Nothing is worse than having your fears canonized by a media report, especially from an outside source.
So what say you, Hawks fans? Are you disappointed in what you are hearing? Is this just a matter of logistical issues (different schedules of different candidates vs the schedules of the owners), or is there a deeper problem here, one that might have been there from the beginning? Is the sky really falling, or are we just that impatient? Am I having an overreaction to a perceived lack of action?
- I am convinced that there is not a sign and trade move involving Joe Johnson that will satisfy Hawks fans. Some scream for him to go, but won’t be happy with what comes back (assuming he doesn’t just walk out of here for nothing). Others scream for him to stay, which I maintain is entirely up to him and his agent. But as is often the case, a sign and trade is a concession. If it’s going to happen, keep in mind that it’s better than losing Joe for nothing, and becomes purely about asset management at that point. Still, it doesn’t mean you have to, or don’t have to like it.
- It’s looking more and more like Tom Izzo may be NBA bound. But we’ve seen this before, haven’t we? College coaches usually get eaten alive when they get to the League. Guys like Tim Floyd and John Calipari could tell you all about it. What makes Izzo different? Are the Cavs just reaching (careful, Chris Grant, or you may be back to running coaxial cables for the IT department, like you used to for the Hawks, or whatever BS job that was you supposedly were doing), or have they found their magic man? Of course, Izzo could leave them at the altar, the way Billy Donovan did the Orlando Magic.
- Back on the sign and trade thoughts…if we do a deal that involves Joe Johnson going to Chicago, with us getting some guys in return, there may be a third guy you want to add to the “don’t touch” category, besides Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. That guy would be Taj Gibson. Maybe I’m wrong about that, but the Bulls were high on Gibson, and I’m not sure they would let a guy like Gibson go after giving up Tyrus Thomas (whom they stupidly traded the rights to LaMarcus Aldridge for). Besides, that would leave them with an initial choice between Hakim Warrick and James Johnson as their starting power forward. Neither is a starter, and Johnson is not the enforcer/dirty work guy that Gibson is becoming. Still, if the want Joe bad enough (and Joe wants THEM bad enough), it could possibly happen. My money is on them offering Luol Deng and something else. Better than nothing, but we would not be happy with that deal, I’m sure.
- New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Gorbachev…oops, I’m sorry, I meant Prokhorov, says he wants to win an NBA Championship in 5 years. Well, I suppose just about anything can be bought, but the Nets don’t have a superstar yet, and I don’t see Brook Lopez dominating the league, or even at his position. Good luck with that one. Will Prokhorov turn out to be as “hands on” as Mark Cuban has? Avery Johnson may have gotten himself into a situation similar to the one he left in Dallas.
Who knows. Maybe we’ll wake up tomorrow (wait, it’s past midnight already), and find that we have something new to complain about. You know, like a head coach. Or maybe not. See ya then…