Smith: Alvin Williams Might Join Raptors Coaching Staff
Old 05-12-2009, 01:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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They have had conversations about some kind of basketball development-assistant coach-behind-the-bench role for Alvin Williams. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if it happened inside a month.
More talk about neither Evans or English being back next season too.

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Quick answers to persistent question: Expect Marc Iavaroni to be here in the next 10 days or so at the outside as Jay’s lead assistant.

Would be surprised if either Alex English or Mike Evans are back but one could be and I’d suspect from conversations I’ve had, there’s a better chance it’s Alex.

Can’t get a read on the future of Gord Herbert at the moment.

A Professional Bum in Atlanta is not surprised at all by the news. Off the record, of course.

The third year of Jay’s deal is not guaranteed.

Not sure of exactly the financial value but if you guessed $1.6-$1.8 million for the first year and $1.8-$2.0 million for the second, I don’t think you’d be too far off. And, because Lionel Hollins is in Memphis, the lowest-paid coach in the NBA does not coach the Raptors.
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Old 05-12-2009, 01:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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hmm i really like alex english but i thing we need to start fresh so fire all asistents and get new ones with championship experience
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Alvin Williams?? I know we all have a soft spot for him... but come on
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Alvin Williams?? I know we all have a soft spot for him... but come on
Why not?

Still a young guy who can still help relate to alot of today's players.
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one thing i like about Williams is his heart and loyatly.

The loyalty part i remember from when Lenny Wilkins got canned and how Alvin reacted to it.

Anyways, who here really knows the coaching potential Alvin has? Maybe he's got it / maybe he doesn't. The fact that he is being considered would lead me to believe that he has SOMETHING to offer this team in terms of coaching and wisdom.
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Why not?

Still a young guy who can still help relate to alot of today's players.
Meh. I think as far as helping people he's probably like Bosh more of a lead by example guy than a teacher. If we could have any former raptor player as a head coach i would try to convince Hakeem to come and mentor Bargnani and Bosh...that would nice.
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Why not?

Still a young guy who can still help relate to alot of today's players.
Young also means inexperienced as a coach. We have enough of that behind the bench as it is. I'm always a little leary bringing in ex-fan favorites as coaches or any move like that. It just seems gimmicky! All in all in the grand scheme of things i guess it doesn't matter, and i loved AW, he is one of my all time favorites but some experience would be nice. Hell even Iavoroni doesn't have a tone of experience.
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Hell even Iavoroni doesn't have a tone of experience.
sure he does. He's been involved in some form of coaching (college and NBA) since the 1990s.

And anyways, i will agree that experience does mean quite a lot as far as head coaches are concerned, but a lot of coaches start out as assistants.

It's not the experience aspect that makes me skeptical of Alvin. he's got to start somewhere i suppose.
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If we could have any former raptor player as a head coach i would try to convince Hakeem to come and mentor Bargnani and Bosh...that would nice.
That's actually a wicked idea. Same kind of deal has worked out pretty nicely with Jabarr and Bynum in Los Angeles.

It wouldn't surprise me if Brian Colangelo has Ukic in mind when he makes this move. Alvin Williams is the greatest point guard this team has ever had, and he, like Roko, is 6'5". I can see Alvin teaching the dude a thing or two about using his height.
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It wouldn't surprise me if Brian Colangelo has Ukic in mind when he makes this move. Alvin Williams is the greatest point guard this team has ever had, and he, like Roko, is 6'5". I can see Alvin teaching the dude a thing or two about using his height.
and his ball handling skills.
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If anyone, I'd bring in either Sabonis or Kukoc to work with Bargnani. Sabonis would be my first choice as I see "some" similarities in their games.
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Boogie Williams is coming back?

Wicked, sure it may be a gimmicky move, but the guy is awesome.
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and his ball handling skills.
Jeez, Roko could work on his ball handling for the rest of his life and he wouldn't have Boogie Williams handles.
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Maybe Alvin can teach them perimeter defence. Stoudimire was the best point guard this franchise ever had, but Alvin Williams was the second best defensive point guard who played for the Raptors. The best defensive point guard being Lindsay Hunter.
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Jeez, Roko could work on his ball handling for the rest of his life and he wouldn't have Boogie Williams handles.
not sure what you mean... he may not be the ballhandler that aw was, but he can definitely take care of the rock and create. aw might be the kind of guy that can take him to the next level.
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If anyone, I'd bring in either Sabonis or Kukoc to work with Bargnani. Sabonis would be my first choice as I see "some" similarities in their games.
Sabonis would be great for Bargs
what's he doing now?
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That's actually a wicked idea. Same kind of deal has worked out pretty nicely with Jabarr and Bynum in Los Angeles.

It wouldn't surprise me if Brian Colangelo has Ukic in mind when he makes this move. Alvin Williams is the greatest point guard this team has ever had, and he, like Roko, is 6'5". I can see Alvin teaching the dude a thing or two about using his height.
Mighty Mouse was the best PG we ever had, but Alvin is up there.
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not sure what you mean... he may not be the ballhandler that aw was, but he can definitely take care of the rock and create. aw might be the kind of guy that can take him to the next level.
Ah I wasn't taking a shot at Roko, I was praising Boogie's handles. You're right though.
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got it. and i agree.
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