Chatting with Andrew McNeill about rumored coaching candidate, Mike Budenholzer.
Bud seems like a really good coach. I would actually have him 2nd or 3rd on my list (after the Van Gundy’s). The problem with all three of those guys is that they will be hard to get. Bud seems very happy in his current situation and I just can’t see him leaving it.
I’m also not a huge fan of Sloan. He is the best coach available IMO, but Paul might not like his strict system.
I’m totally with you here.
I love Jerry Sloan. But I only love him if our team is willing to love him like Utah did. I have no problem letting that man be in charge of calling plays. But that’s because he is owed that kind of respect to operate. If we want to have the success he was able to have in Utah, we have to be willing to give him that same autonomy and authority in this situation. And not bind him to some 2-3 year contract on the cheap. Its an all in proposition. But I think that even if CP3 were to leave, in the end we’d still have a playoff caliber team with Sloan at the helm.
But honestly, I want Jeff Van Gundy. I think he is better with his players than Stan who seems to piss every big off he ever coaches. And Blake is the only guy under contract right now for the next 4 years.
Outside of that, I would go Euro before approaching an assistant who hasnt been a head coach and get Zeljko Obradovic. Bud is probably awesome, but a guy who has won more championships in Europe than Phil Jackson and is only 53 gets my attention.
I think the biggest thing a new Clippers head coach can do for the team, which can really be solved in one practice, is re-structure the bigs’ pick and roll defense. DeAndre should hang back in the paint on picks while Bledsoe chases around screens, while Blake should mix up hedging hard and sagging back. DJ can blitz occasionally, but the team’s rim protector should stay… wait for it… by the rim. This is something that I think Bud or Brian Shaw would be willing to do, as Hibbert never hedges in Indiana and Tim Duncan rarely does in San Antonio.
We need to be aware the difference between desirability and feasibility when it comes to coaches.
Then there’s the Sterling factor….
Looks like Budenholzer is off the market.
Yeah, to the Hawks
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