I love the hire!
It feels like the right move right now, especially since the team is young, transitioning and Luke can grow with the personnel. He has some experience and he's not some re-tread coach. Blatt would be nice on the staff, if we can swing that. I expect some major growing pains as things get moving in, hopefully, the right direction. I wonder what the contract terms were? They giving Luke a 5 year deal? Also, as part of the Laker fam, I like that he will probably get a pass with the media for a little bit and Magic will keep his yapper shut when things get hairy. Let's go Lakers! The Post-Kobe era in full swing... and it's only April 30th
Basketball gods (Adam Silver), please bless us with a top 3 pick.
Klay, Steph, Barnes, Dray, Iggy, and Shaun ain't walking through that door.
So there are basically two points here:
- we're going to suck for a few years regardless
- a GREAT coach would still make no difference
On the first point, I agree.
But totally disagree with the second point. A great coach would still lead us to a terrible season in Year 1, but would make preparations to be better in Year 2 and 3. A bad coach would be bad in Year 1, make preparations for Year 2 and Year 3 that wouldn't work (because he's a bad coach), so there would be two problems:
- we suck in the PRESENT
- there's no signs of us getting better in the FUTURE
That's why I'm not happy about Luke. I know we're going to still suck this year; I'm ok with that, and I didn't expect our next coach to take us to the playoffs next year, or even the year after.
But by Year 3, there should be DRASTIC improvements, and I have no reason to believe that will happen with Luke.
So why not hire one of us?
- he has never been a head coach, of any program, anywhere, ever; this means that he has never failed, but to answer your direct question: it also means he has never succeeded
- "You never know. Maybe" is NOT a reason to assume anything, either way. I'm not religious. I have no faith. I 'believe' in what I see, which isn't belief. If I haven't seen it, I don't assume greatness because I haven't seen failure. I assume that I haven't seen anything, so there's no reason to be depressed or excited. And that's where I'm at with Luke.
Knowing that there are other coaches that have actually built programs and had some semblance of success while we hired someone for his first HC job... ever... is unsettling.