Originally Posted by Ligeia
I disagree. I think the identity comes from the GM based on the players he brings in; then he brings in a coach whose philosophy will work well for those players and the organization.
Most coaches have a set philosophy on how they think the game should be played. There aren't very many who are able to adapt their styles to suit different players. Which is one of the reasons coaches are canned so often.
The teams in the league with clearly defined identities such as Utah, Los Angeles and San Antonio find the players to fit the coach and the way he wants to play.
That's what Toronto should strive to become. Your way allows the inmates to run the asylum.
What we're currently seeing here is what happens when the GM tries to define the identity. It changes with the personnel.