Eric Smith: What The Staff Could Look Like
Old 05-12-2009, 02:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I wrote this briefly in the “comment” section of one of yesterday’s blogs … and responded to some folks via email as well …

So I figured I’d take a minute to put my thoughts down in an official blog as well.

I know Smitty already mentioned this in his Star blog today, so give him the gold star for getting up before me and getting his blog posted. He’s a newspaper guy - he’s gotta do that. I’m a lowly radio schlep

Doug and I actually spoke at great length yesterday - while awaiting Jay Triano’s press conference - and we both had the same idea and had heard similar things from our respective sources.

Based on conversations I’ve had and based on what my “gut” is telling me too, here’s how I see Triano’s coaching staff shaping up …

- I think Mike Evans will be gone
- I think Alex English is 50/50 to return
- I think Gord Herbert will be back

Marc Iavaroni is all-but a done deal to join the staff — likely as Triano’s lead assistant.

If Herbert is back with Iavaroni, the rest of the staff will be determined by how many coaches Triano wants/needs/is given permission to have. Three or four?

Let’s for argument say that English comes back. I still believe there’s a need for a “veteran” coach to come in and by the wise eyes and ears for a relatively young coaching staff. Much like Vinny Del Negro has in Chicago with Del Harris AND Bernie Bickerstaff, I think Triano could use a guy who has “been there, done that”. A name that comes to mind: PJ Carlesimo. Just a thought.

But the most intriguing name out there (not as the “veteran” - but as another piece of the puzzle) is Alvin Williams. There is legit interest in Williams.

If Al is brought back by the Raps, he would probably fill a duel role of “ambassador” and “assistant coach”. Perhaps he’d be the kind of assistant - at least for a year or two - that would help out in practice and work out players before a game but sit behind the bench during games and “observe” … as opposed to sitting right up from with the rest of the coaches and being involved in every timeout with the entire coaching staff. It’d be similar to the role that Eric Hughes currently has as well (officially listed by the team as a “Basketball Development Consultant”).

From what I’ve heard, Williams would be open to accepting the job and coming back to T.O. if the Raps truly do make him and offer.

And remember, I was the first one to put Alvin’s name out there as a guy the Raptors should be seriously looking at for next season: FAN590 - Blogs - The Rap Blog Archive This And That

Enjoy the rest of your day folks.
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Old 05-12-2009, 02:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I thought PJ was a good choice for assistant a couple months ago
good to see that it was mentioned as a possibility
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if they definitely sign iavaroni, and they definitely get a solid veteran voice to provide the experience, i would change my vote that the triano signing is a bad idea. ultimately it's the team that matters, same as it is with the players. if there is a system that is fully thought through and implemented, and if everyone on is on the same page, then the whole coaching staff will inform jay's decision-making. this would be a good thing.

on the other hand, if we end up with a weak supporting cast, i'm not in any way confident that jay has what it takes to lead this team on his own.
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Old 05-12-2009, 04:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Absolutely - this type of stuff is much more important than which dick is at the top. It's all about the whole.
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Old 05-12-2009, 05:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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not a seasoned nba vet, but i hope they give david blatt some consideration. he leaned from messina and gershon, two great coahes, got a lot out of bargs, has received big-time accolades in europe and israel, and, being american, wouldn't have the language adjustments.
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Iavaroni is a good choice for lead assistant and he one day could be Jay's successor.
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Old 05-12-2009, 09:01 PM   #7 (permalink)
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in my opinion it's a lot about player leadership. Teams who have a strong leader win consistently (SA, Detroit, Phoenix, Boston) even when missing players. Denver was a collection of nutcases before chauncey got there, and now they all look fall in line behind their leader. The coach is the same, so it's obvious who's the difference.

Bosh is not a strong leader, so, ideally, what we need is somebody who is both tough, and respected. Especially cosiderig that triano's biggest weakness is his natural lack of toughness. Triano is very similar with Bosh in this respect.
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in my opinion it's a lot about player leadership. Teams who have a strong leader win consistently (SA, Detroit, Phoenix, Boston) even when missing players. Denver was a collection of nutcases before chauncey got there, and now they all look fall in line behind their leader. The coach is the same, so it's obvious who's the difference.

Bosh is not a strong leader, so, ideally, what we need is somebody who is both tough, and respected. Especially cosiderig that triano's biggest weakness is his natural lack of toughness. Triano is very similar with Bosh in this respect.
Did you ever watch Triano play, MM?
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I would be extremely happy if either PJ Carlisimo or Alvin Williams end up as an assistant and help round out the coaching staff but for different reasons.

Carlisimo would be a great basketball mind to help out Triano and Alvin would hopefully motivate the players to be tougher and not to quit in games.
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Did you ever watch Triano play, MM?
no - but I've watched him on the bench and in his interviews - he might be tough as human being, but he doesn't project it on the outside.
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basically what I'm saying is that the players are not afraid of anybody (other than bryan). We don't have a KG type of player who can make somebody cry if they make the same mistake over and over, or at least to be scared of the consequences. Bosh is not like that, and Triano is not like that.
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basically what I'm saying is that the players are not afraid of anybody (other than bryan). We don't have a KG type of player who can make somebody cry if they make the same mistake over and over, or at least to be scared of the consequences. Bosh is not like that, and Triano is not like that.
I don't know if you want your leader or your coach to be scaring guys. Fear is going to produce a much greater negative response than it will a positive one. Kevin Garnett has no trouble getting on guys for making mistakes so that they'll remember for the next time - he's just not scared to tell you you screwed up. I mean, I haven't been in the Celtics' locker room lately, but I couldn't imagine him "scaring" guys into playing the right way, that just doesn't seem effective.
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Funny, I could've swore we've already had a coach who was panned ad nauseum for being tough and holding players accountable for their actions...
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Funny, I could've swore we've already had a coach who was panned ad nauseum for being tough and holding players accountable for their actions...
No he just willed his players to play hard.
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No he just willed his players to play hard.
Oh, my bad.
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