Originally Posted by DarthSka
Let me revisit something I've brought up before, though: Phil, Pop, Riley, other heralded coaches always had NICE rosters.
Realistically, what do you think the ceiling would be for this roster coached by PJax?
Pop drops everything, wants the challenge of a complete rebuild. How good are we next year then?
With this roster. Injured & aged Kobe. Fresh & recovering Randle. Wack Young. Everything.
Do you think that part of top tier coaching includes revamping the roster to a higher quality. "Alright, he's out, he's out, he's out, and he's sitting on thin ice. Who's available? Ok, I like him, him, and let's see if we can work something out for him. If not, no biggie. Alright, make it happen. I'm going down to the practice facility now."
Too many variables. Would Kobe still be injured if Phil was coaching, vs Byron? Phil was resting Kobe in 2011, Scott was gassin him in 2015.
Would Duncan/Manu/Parker be playing in 2015, if Thibbs was their coach in 2012?
Healthy Dwight, healthy Kobe, old but healthy Nash, old but healthy Pau, full training camp, system in place, MDA gets some noise made in 2013. Give him all those wack injuries, and they go out with a whimper.
One of the "hidden" benefits to my own personal goal of going into the tank for 2 years. Get picks, get cheap, but also, get YOUNG. Then, grow them into vets, let nature take its course. My worry/concern, is finding the coach to go with that young core, to grow/develop with them over time. Scott ain't that guy. Thibbs ain't that guy. Monty may not be that guy either, but I rather give him a shot than those other two. Ollie woulda been nice, but wanna know the name I wish we had right now?
You'll like it.
Bucks are lucky to have him, I don't know if he will improve and grow over time, but he was pretty damn good this year, without Jabari. He might have a bright future as a head coach with the right parts/money/FO surrounding him. Will he have all that in Milwaukee? I doubt it, and he may come up short because of it. But in a place like LA, he could flourish.
Same as a guy I back that got jobbed in another city that didn't have the clout to go all the way, 100% to win it all, tried to be cheap and win it all at 85% capacity.