Saturday, May 3, 2008

NBA Coaches Getting fired to soon?

Are NBA coaches getting fired to soon? For that matter, are coaches in every sports getting fired to soon? It has become a recent growing trend for many teams. However let's take a look at some of the NBA coaches.

So far this offseason, the Bulls, Bobcats, Bucks, Knicks, and Mavericks have all officially been searching for new head coaches. With the Suns rumored to be looking into canning Mike D'antoni and the Pistons saving the fate of Flip Saunders by advancing to round 2.

The Bobcats filled their need with Larry Brown, the Bucks filled their vacancy with Scott Skiles and the Mavericks are rumored to sign ex-Pacers coach Rick Carlisle.

My question is, did Avery Johnson deserve to get fired? Keep in mind he had the best winning percentage in history of anyone who has coached at least 250 games. Sure, the Mavs should not have been eliminated in the first round 2 years in a row. Sure, they should not have made the deal for Jason Kidd either. However, I think you have to look at the team who underperformed in 2 postseasons in a row. Dirk did not show up in the playoffs and Josh Howard may have checked into his offseason activities a little early.

The other coach who i had a problem with for his firing, was Sam Vincent of he Bobcats. I know he did not have the best season, but the point is he only had ONE season to do anything with his team. I find it hard to believe that a coach can build a team and a community in the locker room after only one season of basically coaching players he did not sign or trade for. In the end, it was basically the 'Cats wanting to take advantage of the UNC connection and get Larry Brown in there. For the record, I give LB 2 years MAX.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A look into the NBA Playoffs

With the 1st round approaching it's conclusion and half of the series already in the books, I figured it was time to take a look at the NBA.

So far we have the Magic, Lakers, Spurs, and Hornets all moving to the 2nd round. The Cavs are up on the Wiz 3-1, Pistons up on Sixers 3-2, Jazz up 3-2 on the Rockets, and the Hawks and Celtics tied up at 2 games apiece.

I can't say that I predicted all 4 of the teams that have advanced to advance, but I will say that I am not completely shocked. The Magic and the Lakers were the obvious ones. But let's take a look at the Spurs-Suns series for a moment. Honestly, I think Game 1 WAS the series. When Phoenix could not seal the deal in San Antonio and set the tone(io) for the series, PHX was toast. There have been reports that Mike D'Antoni will not be back next season, but nothing official.

I have to say that I finally am a believer in the New Orleans Hornets. The series between the Hornets and Spurs should be very intriuging as these teams are vastly similiar. And for my money, Chris Paul should be the NBA MVP. I know the playoffs do not count towards voting, but Paul is the Hornets, flat out.

Observations on the teams and series still taking place...

-Wiz/Cavs - This seriously has been extremely entertaining with all the off the court jive and chatter. From Soulja Boy being at games to calling Lebron overrated, what more could you ask for? Perhaps a 2-2 series and a potential 7 game series. One thing I have learned from this is that you don't taunt Lebron, every time this year a fan or opposing player has taken a shot at the King, because he usually responds well. (On the side, if you haven't heard Haywood respond to Lebron and the hard fouls, I recommend going to and clicking on the video link titled: Wizards: Brendan Haywood responds to LeBron James--4/28)

-Celts/Hawks - The only thing I really want to touch on here is that I think it's ridiculous that Kevin Garnett was not suspened for the elbow he threw on ZAZA and his shoving of the referee in Game 4. If I were the 2007 Suns, I would be furious about this decision to not suspend anyone from that incident. Some people are suggesting conspiracy in hopes of a Boston-LA Finals...I may or may not be one of them...

-Sixers/Pistons - SUrprisingly this has been one of the more entertaining series and balanced. However, I think Mr. Momentum shifted in the second half of game 4 when the Pistons came out of the half and erased a 10 point 2nd half deficit to take Game 4 and eventually Game 5 at home. If Iguodala can come out hot in game 6, then we may be looking at a Game 7, if not...adios sixers.

In a post in the near future I am planning on touching on Coaches in the NBA. Are they getting shafted?

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...til next time