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What kind of Coach do the Blazer's need?



Since the offer to Hibbert much discussion has focused on how to use the available salary to improve the team. It seems that Batum's talent has come into question now that the Blazers have money to spend. Furthermore, the rules have changed as to how to put a team together, as noted by Larry Bird in an interview, and now it seems everyone is looking for its trio of superstars.

I'll start with the last point first--superstars. It is unlikely that the league has ever had enough superstars to populate every team with 3 in any single season or set of seasons. This is the point Larry Bird was making. He was also indirectly criticizing the league for undervaluing team work. So I think the first thing as fans we should do is not to expect to ever have a "big three". But we should expect a good team and we need a front office who'll hire a coach to maximize the talent we have, or the talent we can get, to put on the floor the best performing "team" and a front office that will recognize and acquire the best "team" talent.

And this brings us to Batum. It vexes me when front offices and coaches don't work together to create a "team" which, I believe, enhances the value of every player on the team. Coaches who aren't willing to develop players, who aren't willing to give up some wins in the short term to create a better team, and coaches who aren't in it for the long run by keeping faith with the way a front office evaluates talent hurt the value of each player and the team. This lack of commitment to player development by a coach, a coach who doesn't see value in helping a player be as good as he can be, a coach who sees value only in winning actually reduces the chance of becoming a NBA champion. Don't get me wrong, talent is always needed: it's just that one cannot succeed on talent alone.

Since, as Larry Bird opines, some teams aren't following the rules, we need to choose a coach who isn't burdened by conventional wisdom, who has experience winning with good, but not great, talent, and who is willing to work with the front office to improve the team.

I suggest we hire Brad Stevens of Butler.

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