I think all of us are anxious to see what changes are going to be made this summer. I’m happy (ecstatic really) a new coach will be one of those changes. Chris Paul resigning & what happens to DJ and Bledsoe are probably the most important for me.
* Here’s a trade I though about : If Victor Oladipo is still there at #6 why not trade DJ and Eric Bledsoe (& Caron Butler if necessary) for Robin Lopez and that #6 pick (And then draft Oladipo). Maybe even to Phoenix for Martin Gortat (#5 pick: And again Oladipo)?
Excitement is pouring out ClipperNation pores. A+ List coach finally. Dj has not had a chance to Develop for lack of leadership from the pedestrian former Coach, Can he be the man to man the middle maybe he has the athleticism to a freak On D No pun intended but can he do it on both ends Can DJ find work out the post and produce to be a 10ppg 10rpg type force? Making a trade for a rookie is a big risk DJ and EB have much room to grow but they are NBA caliber talents. I would rather trade for a proven center like Cousins Bynum or highjack DH if Im going to trade or do a sign and trade for those assets I would like to get in return A starting talent example Gallo/Derozen/Bynum/DH/Cousins. Keep in mind we can get a steal via free agency example Bynum/Mayo/Manu etc. We can speculate what the team can do, but until the team Signs a coach we do not know what players will be brought in to fit the Coaching style. We can all agree we need to get more production out of the 5 spot be nice to get a center who can shoot. Also we can get younger at the 2 and 3 spots. Need shooting and rebounding don’t forget we need to improve on D.
I would love to steal Oladipo, who I see as turning into Paul George at the 2. I feel like we could grab him if we give up Bled, but we’ll see. I also wouldn’t be shocked if we could get Orlando, who desperately needs a PG, to give up their #2 for Bled + a 2nd. Alternatively, I’d love to
convince Orlando to give up Afflalo, Vucevic for Bled + DJ.
is it possible to get jerry sloan??
yes anything is possible ask KG!
@EDENSCLIPPS Clippers future is brighter then ever! Im a clipper fans since 6th grade, the Stanley Roberts days he visited my middle school in Pasadena CA. Hey guys three questions who do you see the clippers taking with the #25 pick in the 2013 nba draft, Here is a list of candidates that seem to make sense wit a bit of luck if some of these players slip and fall into the clippers lap who would you take? Second question do the Clippers upgrade at center SG or SF with trades or free agency who do you see them going after? what do think about Bynum Cousins Gallo Oj etc? What coach do you think give us the best chance to win a ring? Kenny Kadji/Dario Saric/Giannis Adetokundo/Tony Mitchell,/Allen Crabbe/Lorenzo Brown/Archie Goodwin/Lucas Nogueira/Mason Plumlee/Shabazz Muhammad/Kentavious Caldwell-Pope/Kelly Olynyk/Erick Green/James Ennis/Glen Rice Jr./Jeff Withey/Tim Hardaway Jr/Rudy Gobert/Alex Len.
Alvin Gentry? Seriously Jordan? I honestly can’t believe anyone who saw him coach the Clips the last time around would advocate for him. It’s not like he was all that successful with the Suns either. We need a coach who has a proven track record and who actually has been to the NBA Finals.
I agree no Gentry, we need a defensive minded coach that can Exude or offensive threats to the max But it starts with D, look at the Pacers Heat and Spurs they all defend and run a proficient Offense also. I would love young money Jerry Sloan, for those who think Sloan would clash or not mesh with @CP3(aka the savior, Thank God.) Does not Know Basketball for much of his run with Stockton/Malone, Jerry would put the Ball in the hands of John and let him do his Magic, so along Cp3 he would guide him to more greatness, and bring the best out of @blakegriffin and make the best out of the other players in the roster think Jamal getting more open looks. If Dj stays expect Sloan to hold him accountable out the post to produce at a high and consistent level and on D to be a force to be dealt with.
DJ – PREACH!
VIA LOS ANGELES TIMES: By Broderick Turner
May 22, 2013, 9:18 p.m.
The Clippers have begun their search for a new coach to replace Vinny Del Negro, with the hope that they can find someone who is capable of molding the team into a championship contender.
But it will not be an easy task to find someone of that stature.
Currently, there are only four active NBA coaches who have won an NBA championship — San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, Boston’s Doc Rivers, Dallas’ Rick Carlisle and Miami’s Eric Spoelstra.
Not only that, but only nine coaches have won an NBA championship dating back to 1987. Of course,Phil Jackson has 11 of those NBA rings, Popovich four and Pat Riley three during that span. That’s how difficult it is to win an NBA championship.
It will be up to the Clippers’ front office to compile a list of potential coaching candidates, vet them, narrow the list down and then give the names to owner Donald Sterling.
Here is a look at some of the coaches the Clippers are interested in — and the pros and cons of what each can offer:
—Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott:
Scott, who starred at Morningside High and with the Lakers, has coached for 13 years in the NBA, and he has been fired three times, most recently by the Cleveland Cavaliers after going 24-58 during the 2012-13 season. He has a coaching record of 416-521, with a .444 winning percentage.
Pros: He led the New Jersey Nets to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances, losing to the Lakers in 2002 and to San Antonio in 2003. He coached Chris Paul during the guard’s first seasons in the NBA with the New Orleans Hornets. Scott is known to hold players accountable —- both stars and role players alike.
Cons: Scott is a taskmaster, and the Cavaliers chafed under that. Players complained that Scott runs overly long practices and shoot-arounds.
—Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Malone:
Pros: Malone has been given credit for helping to mold the Warriors into a playoff team, with a strong role in their offense. A 2011-12 NBA.com survey of general managers listed him as the best assistant coach in the league.
He also has ties to Paul; Malone was an assistant coach with the Hornets when Paul played there.
Cons: Known to be tough and hard-nosed, something NBA players can dislike.
—San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer:
Pros: Has been with the Spurs for 18 seasons, working his way up from video coordinator to lead assistant coach under Popovich. He is considered one of the top assistants in the NBA — and is considered a top choice to replace Popovich when he stops coaching.
Cons: Hasn’t been a head coach in the NBA.
—Former Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan:
He has interviewed for the Atlanta Hawks coaching job and reportedly is a candidate for the openings in Milwaukee and Detroit. McMillan, 48, was fired as coach of the Trail Blazers in 2012. He has a 478-452 record over his 12 years as an NBA coach with Seattle and Portland.
Pros: Defense-oriented, organized and well-prepared.
Stan Van Gundy already stated he will not coach this upcoming season.
DJ is far from a pet project. He just needs to play with a power forward with a consistent jump shot.. I could see the CLippers trading DJ because Blake just isn’t a good of enough of a shooter to play alongside a defensive center. DJ would fit seamlessly with a pick and pop big like Kevin Love or Lamarcus Aldridge.
Jordan, you called it, and hit it right on the nail. 58 wins! I would have preferred 50 regular season, and 8 playoff wins, to 56 and 2, But hey, 58 is 58! Completely disagree with Gentry though.
I think that Griffin should be used as a second facilitator, he does have the skills and ball handling to be a Point-PF. There are some situation when Griffin needs to calm down a little to not commit a TO but he does have the skills. He has soft hands, he is a hard worker, he has the dribbling ability and the vision so I really think that this is how you use him better and this is how you make the team better.
With a CP3-centric system, it has harder to see this working, but in that stretch when CP3 was injured, we all watched Griffin assuming the role of a facilitator. I’m watching the Spurs-Grizz and Pop is using Diaw’s passing ability to open up easy basket for other guys and himself. If you take the ball a little bit away from CP3 and create plays with Griffin as a facilitator, you have a versatility that few teams can have. You can use it as a 2nd or 3rd option to run through. It doesn’t have to be just Blake on the block.
This will also help him with his offense, once teams have to consider that he may run a play and pass, it becomes more umpredictable – something that he didn’t have under VDN, it always ended up predictable. This would also open up for himself so he can shoot. In the Playoffs, Griffin was not hesitating when he had the right distance between him and the defender, he was shooting, once he becomes less predictable, he has more options to counter. This can also build his confidence in his shot.
There are times that Griffin was too worried to look for someone to pass instead of shoot, which also helped him becoming predictable. There were several times when he was open and he didn’t shoot and I’m not talking about spot when he usually doesn’t shoot but even spots when he usually hits.
I’m pretty sure that Griffin will come next season much improved in his shot, with a coach with a system, he may finally blossom to scratch more than just the surface of his potential. If he has the confidence in his shot and he becomes part of the system as a facilitator as well, this can be very big for himself and even bigger for the team and coach. If defender open up he can shoot or create plays, if they close too much he can drive, if he is double teamed – like he always is – he can pass knowing who will likely to be in a certain spot but not just out of intuition. but because there is a play designed for that situation.
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