Iavaroni To Join The Raptors?
Old 03-16-2009, 11:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This ought to get the cobwebs out of the early morning heads.

Marc Iavaroni’s coming.

Seriously, he is. To Toronto. Like, tomorrow. And he was with the Raptors last week in Philly but went unnoticed.

The deal is he’s on some “coach and idea sharing” mission or some such; unemployed coaches come and hang around teams for a few days, offer their insight.

This, of course, is the first time the Raptors have ever done anything like this and of all the unemployed coaches to pick in all the world, they had to get Iavaroni, former head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, former long-time assistant in Phoenix – where that Colangelo guy held sway – and the apple of the eye of a lot of Raptors fans.

Now, before any of you get too worked up, he’s here to be an observer, won’t be on the bench or anything this year and is not – I repeat IS NOT – going to be the next head coach of the Raptors.

But when he and Jay Triano break bread some day, and they surely will, I can imagine it’s going to be like some quasi job interview.

Can you envision Jay with Iavaroni as his lead assistant? I can. And I’m pretty sure there are people in the organization who can.

Okay, let’s say they are bound and determined to hire Jay back – and I seriously think with a few more wins they will – and they don’t want the perception that Iavaroni would be the “head coach in waiting” and the fan favourite after every four-game losing streak, what do they do?

Well, a wise man or two suggested that maybe they make a call to P.J. Carlisemo.

Great assistant, history of winning, probably done as a head coaching prospect after three shots at it, familiar with Jay from the summer Olympic team gigs, familiar with Bryan from the same thing.

Make sense?

A bit, you have to admit.
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Old 03-16-2009, 11:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Okay so Marc is only going to help in practices and shit like that
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Old 03-16-2009, 11:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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BC doesn't care about a head coach in waiting perception. He likes that I thought.
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Old 03-16-2009, 11:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Not that it's up to me but i would rather a whole new staff next year... no issues with jay as an assistant but this staff just isn't motivating the team enough, nor do they have a good system for the current players.
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Bringing in Iavaroni would be an upgrade over the current group of assistants. Not the answer to the team's woes IMO, but consistent with what I'd expect from BC at this point.
Carlisemo helping coach this team of "chokers"?
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Bringing in Iavaroni would be an upgrade over the current group of assistants. Not the answer to the team's woes IMO, but consistent with what I'd expect from BC at this point.
Carlisemo helping coach this team of "chokers"?
sprewell also
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sprewell also
Yes, thank you. We're all very well aware of the incident.


Anyways, I do have a feeling that Iavaroni will be a coach on our staff next season, just not the HC. I wouldn't be surprised if Terry Porter is an assistant as well.
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Old 03-16-2009, 12:00 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 03-16-2009, 12:14 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yes, thank you. We're all very well aware of the incident.


Anyways, I do have a feeling that Iavaroni will be a coach on our staff next season, just not the HC. I wouldn't be surprised if Terry Porter is an assistant as well.
PHX connection

Is Porter a defense oriented coach?
I think the other assistant should be for defense
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i think that BC is happy with the progress Jay has made, the team seems to be able to balance out the offense and has shown the ability to play tough defense when required, i suspect that upgrading Jason Kapono and another banging center to replace jake and hump will be the off-season plan. If Iavoroni gets here, look for marion to stay. that would give us a solid front of Bargs, Bosh, Marion with Anthony Parker and Jose in the back... our problem has been energy off the bench and with Pops and Joey now leading that area, a few tweaks might be all we need... and a true committment to playing defense, which JK has not shown... surely someone needs a useless spot up 3 point shooter out there....
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Iavaroni and PJ coming in to back Jay friggin Triano? No way, if BC brings them in, they are here for Messina.
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Iavaroni and PJ coming in to back Jay friggin Triano? No way, if BC brings them in, they are here for Messina.
Messina would be the other assistant not the head coach
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Is Porter a defense oriented coach?
I think the other assistant should be for defense
This team isn't going to play defense. Colangelo's teams never did play defense.
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:29 PM   #15 (permalink)
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have to balance the D with the O
sort of like what the lakers do
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the ' run and gun ' crap will never get you a championship
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have to balance the D with the O
sort of like what the lakers do
and just to let you guys know
the ' run and gun ' crap will never get you a championship
Yeah, the '80's showtime Lakers were wackness.
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Yeah, the '80's showtime Lakers were wackness.
They also played D though.
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I can't see PJ or Porter coming here as assitants when they're still collecting cheques from their former employers.
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They also played D though.
I loved those teams. Michael Cooper rules.
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