Finally after the long drawn out process of hiring a general manager, the Blazers found their guy in Olshey. Regardless of what you think of him, the next step is finding a head coach to lead the players. Discuss here who you think would be the best fit for Portland's situation. I'll lay out a few candidates:
Michael Malone - Voted best assistant coach of the year. Was supposedly tabbed by Chris Paul to be the next Clippers head coach if they fired Del Negro. Known as a defensive specialist, has roots with the Chuck Daly Pistons Bad Boys teams through his father(currently an assistant for the Magic) who was an assistant for the late Daly. With him being so young at age 40, I don't think he is stubborn enough to try & come up with his own offensive game plan, rather hire a quality assistant to coordinate that side of the ball.
Brian Shaw - Spent a lot of time in the triangle, both as a player & coach under Phil Jackson. Also had a good season this year with the Indiana Pacers playoff run. Known by his players as defensive oriented.
Elston Turner - Another defensive coach. Never has had a chance at running his own team.
Mike D'Antoni - Great PG developer. His teams play at the highest tempo w/ emphasis on the fast break. Those Suns teams could have won a title if they had a legit starting center. Linsanity in its peak was some quality team basketball, at least on the offensive side of the ball. That is, before Melo came in & ruined chemistry.
Canales - Would be the best option if we decide to tank & target a HC who currently has a job like Lionel Hollins in a year or two.
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