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Old 01-14-2008, 01:46 PM   #24 (permalink)

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Originally Posted by moremilk View Post
Sam had an unfortunate youth, and it shows in his "teaching" methods. Tough love is the only thing Sam understands. It's starting to become a trend with mitchell, first Hoffa, then Graham, now Andreea. Hoffa was a stiff, but Joey clearly has talent, and Andreea is tremendesously skilled, and yet they're struggling.

And Sam's job is first and foremost to develop the young guys, and secondarily to win games. Coaches like Flip Saunders, Doc Rivers or D'Antoni have a primary task to win games. Teams like Toronto, Portland or Seattle have a different objective. Sure, winning is nice, but it's not the main goal this season ...
Well said, but perhaps this is something we might add at the assistant coaching level? I like a head coach to be focused on winning as many games as possible, regardless of the players he's handed. Big men coaches and player handlers have to have some role in developing the guys that are falling behind the pace of the rest of the team. Sam needs to support that, there's no doubt, but his job is win games, IMO.
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