One of the keys of most of the remaining NBA teams in the playoffs is great coaches. Poppovich and Hollins are both excellent and clearly Vogel was able to recover from Game 1 and motivate his team to a win in Miami in Game 2 so he has to be in the discussion. Spoelstra could be good, but until LeBron leaves or he coaches another team it is kind of hard to say. Regardless, 3 out of 4 coaches are quite good and many of the coaches that got their teams into the playoffs are excellent as well. So that begs the question is Stotts good enough?
I'm not saying he is or isn't I'd like to see that hashed out below, but simply to get the cognitive juices flowing and play Devil's advocate I'm gonna say we need another coach and I have a CRAZY proposition just to get the ball rolling in this thread. If you are over 30 years of age...you may want to exit the thread now.
. Now I know he's GM and Head coach of the NY Liberty but he has repeatedly expressed his desire to be head coach in the NBA and I think he has the exact mindset I would like to see instilled in Portland. That is EXTREME mental toughness, competitiveness and a defense first attitude. As TD argued convincingly in this thread
and as Indy proved tonight, Defense can get you past Superstar talent or at least make you competitive.
Let's face it Poppovich isn't going anywhere probably until at least Duncan retires and maybe never. Phil is going to be hard to entice back into the NBA without a truly special roster if at all. Thibodeau is going to stay with Chicago for the foreseeable future and is IMO better as an assistant coach due to the fact that he is so insanely hard on his players that it will grind them down eventually. He would be better if tempered by a relaxing head coach like Phil or someone of that more laid back demeanor. The only other coach with a real proven track record at winning, who might be available is Stan Van Gundy
and I have similar concerns about his style as I do with Thibodeau although I would be willing to give Stan a shot.
So what say you Blazers fans do we bring in an Arch-enemy of old to forge our team into a defensive juggernaut or is Bill simply not cut out for the NBA and/or has a thing for women over 6'6"? If not Bill, then who would you go for that isn't locked up for awhile?