What up Mark,
i think based on who's available out there- Avery is a pretty good choice-- i also think Tom Thibedou (the assistant for the Celtics would be a good choice if they want to get more defensive minded).
Personally i think: Shaq (is older) and Nash and Stoudemire have never been defensive minded.
Some of the good things about hiring Avery would be:
1) Avery Johnson knows the Western Conference.
2) Having been a former assistant with the Spurs he's can give some insight (especially since the Spurs have been the ones to knock the Suns out the last 3 years).
3) Avery will know how to use Shaq more- especially when Shaq first demanded a trade the Mavs were trying really hard to trade for him- the Lakers ended up sending him to the East. But i'm sure Avery was preparing to include Shaq.
4) He's probably the best coach available. (Although i think Thibodeau and Brian Shaw of the Lakers are good coaching candidates from the available assistants as well).
Do you think the loss of Ben Gordon, will mean no playoffs for the Bulls?
No, he was just a scorer for the Bulls, that's it.
He didn't play defense, and was an average passer at all, the reason why the Bulls could forced the Celtics even to games 7 was because of the stamina advantages (Well Bulls' line up were younger than Celtics' at that point)
Imo Hinrich is better than Gordon, because he can shot just as good as Gordon and play way better defense than him. Not to mention Gordon's shooting selection are usually bad.
BQ: False, Imo Billups and D-Will are.
Why are most great coaches not the great ball players?
In any field, you will have some good and some not so good.
Don Nelson has 5 NBA rings and was a good NBA player, but no Hall of Famer, but I would consider Nelson to be good.
Lenny Wilkins, a many time NBA All Star, was good at winning but not winning the whole thing frequently; although as I recall did coach several teams into to NBA Finals with at least one ring as a coach. You would be hard pressed to find a NBA coach with more career wins combined with an All Star NBA career.
K.C. Jones, had 2 NCAA championships, a Gold Medal, and 8 NBA rings as a player and won two more as a head coach.
Tom Heinsohn had 8 NBA rings as a player and won two more as a head coach.
Riley was an All American in college and had some success as a NBA player before his successful NBA coaching career.
Larry Brown was a great college player, a super star in the old ABA and quickly a great coach in the old ABA before the NBA merger.
Avery Johnson was the heart and soul of the David Robinson era Spurs with Avery sinking the game closing shot in the 1999 NBA Finals, so I would call Avery Johnson's NBA playing career a little better than a role player as he was a constant starter as a point guard.
Jerry Sloan was a very successful guard with the Chicago Bulls, but no Hall of Fame material, but always a starter and one of the Bulls better players of the era, and Sloan has coached 19 straight years at Utah which is the longest of any head coach or manager currently in MLB, the NBA, the NFL, or the NHL.
I would say that the career of a NBA head coach is fairly short whether the player was a future Hall of Famer, an All Star, a NBA starter but not an All Star, or just a NBA role player as it takes someone unique to be a better than average NBA head coach.
Most NBA head coaches will never make it, but a good percentage of those that do make it in the NBA have been NBA starters at something higher than I would call just a "role player".
Every team gets bad call sometime, it just seems spurs are getting a few more than Dallas, but does Johnson have a deal with the ref no but maybe mark Cuban. I think the winner of this Siries will take it but Detroit has a Chance if Rashead will kept his mouth shut
Jeff Van Gundy would be my choice, then Lambeer. I'm not sure if Avery can handle a veteran team. I think he needs new talent and would serve a team like Chicago (job taken though) better. Who knows what the Piston organization have in mind though. Terry Porter would be interesting, but I'm not sure what that would mean for team.
Lenny Wilkens. Winningest coach in the NBA.
Special mention: Bill Russell for being the first black coach in a Major Pro sport. In 3 years as a Boston Celtic coach, he coached his team to back to back rings and at the same time played 40+ minutes on the hardwood.
Who do think the Pistons will hire next as their head coach?
I belive there are 3 possible candidates for the position: Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach John Kuester, former Mavericks head coach Avery Johnson and current TNT analyst Doug Collins.
Also, seeing as through Bill Laimbeer just resigned from his postition as the head coach for the Detriot Shock, I'm assuming he may be looking into getting the job as well.
If Dallas Mavericks miss the playoffs who will be blamed (potentially fired or traded) and why?
I think they will squeeze in to the bottom two spots in the West and I don't think Avery will be fired. I think Cuban trusts him too much to do that. There will no doubt be some moving around of players:
I've been a huge Mavs fan and it just seems to me like their mind/heart as a team is just not into the game anymore. I look at them play now and it just seems as though they're just 'going through the motions'. The fire that I saw when they went to the finals and even the year before is no longer there. I don't think they will get anywhere with the group of guys they have now.
Did they have a better team with Devin and the other guys.... overall, I think they did. People underestimate what Diop meant to this team. When Dampier goes to the bench to rest, there is no one that brings what Diop brought. He took care of the paint far better than any of the guys they have backing up Damp and even Damp himself at times.
Those are the two cents of a deeply concerned Mavs fan....
Is Lenny Wilkens the last African-American head coach to lead a team to a championship?
No, Lenny Wilkens is not the last African-American head coach to lead a team to an NBA title. K.C. Jones did it with the Boston Celtics twice, 1984 and the last time an African-American coach won the NBA championship 1986.
What do you think about the cleveland cavaliers this year?
They're a solid playoff club because they have a matchup advantage with LeBron and Larry Hughes, a stout frontline, and they're an above average defensive team.
But they have many flaws, probably too many to make it very deep into the playoffs, especially if the seeds stay as they are, and they play Miami in the 1st round.
Their frontcourt players are either getting old (Ilgauskas and Marshall), inconsistent (Gooden), or limited offensively (Varejao and Pollard). Point guard is still a problem. They've been successful since moving Hughes to the point, but this is not a long term answer. Larry is turnover prone and better at creating shots for himself than he is for others.
But, their biggest problem is a lack of offensive ingenuity and an inability to close out games. Although Mike Brown is much to blame for this, LeBron has to accept some of the blame as well. Other teams know that he's going to have the ball late in games, and they're crowding him, and forcing him into difficult shots. They need to use some more ball and player movement to get LeBron the ball where he has more options and better matchups - like the low post, and LeBron needs to get better at recognizing what the defense is doing, and become more patient and / or willing to give the ball up. He's pressing and forcing too often. When he gets the ball out on the wing, its too easy to close off his driving lanes with help. But the wing is almost always where you see him start his offense. He's too shaky of an outside shooter for this philosophy to work consistently. If LeBron received the ball on the low post it would put much more pressure on the defense because (1) he's closer to the basket where he's more likely to draw fouls, and (2) the floor would open up more for his teammates when defenders move to double him. How many times this year have you seen the Cavs lose a game where LeBron took, and missed the last shot after starting with the ball on the wing?
For the Cavs to be a more serious contender next year, they need to (1) get younger and faster in the frontcourt to facilitate more of a running game. With LeBron, Larry Hughes, Pavlovic, Gibson, and Shannon Brown, they need to be running more. (2) They need Gibson to become more of an Eric Snow type point guard; ie - defender / distributor. Snow is the type they need, but he just can't keep up anymore. And, (3) they need to change their offensive game plan to take better advantage of the matchup problems a player like LeBron gives them.
Since the Warriors are obviously suppose to be the Number 8 seed?
First get ty lawson to run the offense, trade crawford and bieldrins for david lee and 1 or 2 draft picks
C: David lee(most double doubles)
6th man: Magette
How does the Western Conference playoff race play out?
I would rather have Golden State make it to the playoffs. They were so exciting last year probably their series against the Mavs and the Suns Spurs series were the only good things about last years playoffs. This year the West will be more exciting anyway. I think their game with NO will be huge
I hate the spurs with my heart and soul. the spurs are too damn good. only 1 team can really challenged the spurs which is my team, the dallas mavs. If the spurs make it to the finals as long as tim duncan is still playin, they are goin to be the favorite to win the title, becuz no team in the east is good enough to challenge the spurs.
ps the spurs will not repeat next season.
he is a great coach, i think if he was coaching dallas we would of won a championship by now. he is a better coach than avery johnson. everyone says avery turned dallas into a defensive team but he was handed some key defensive players like howard dampier and diop. when nelson was coach his center was shawn bradley....and howard was too young to be significant. nelson had steve nash and dirk who both play minimal defense. nelson in his first season turned golden state around, and they can play some defense. he needs some more parts to make golden state a champion but i think he can do it. he is GREAT
Who are coaches or GMs that were taught under Greg Popovich?
Kevin Pritchard (Portland)
Sam Presti (OKC)
Danny Ferry (Cleveland)
Steve Kerr (Phoenix)
Joe Prunty (Dallas)
Avery Johnson (Dallas)
Vinny Del Negro (Chicago)
Mike Brown (Cleveland)
Terry Porter (Phoenix)
PJ Carlisimo (OKC)
Mario Elie (Dallas)
Hank Egan (Cleveland)
Alvin Gentry (Phoenix)
More Former Spurs (not necessarily with Popovich)
George Karl (Denver)
Mike D'Antoni (NY)
Maurice Cheeks (Philadelphia)
Mike Dunleavy (LA Clippers)
Mark Iavaroni (Phoenix/Memphis)
Doc Rivers (Boston)
What will be the most interesting storyline of the NBA finals this year?
Here's the thing. If you look at the stat sheet for this season, I'm supposed to pick Dallas mavericks because 5 players average in double figures for this team with Dirk leading the way with 28 a game. On the other hand, if you look at the Heat's line-up, with the exception of Wade and Haslem, this team is a championship team when they were in their prime. Most of this players were franchise players from their old teams so you cannot count their heart out even if they have aged a bit. But like what I said, Miami without Wade and Haslem is already capable of winning a championship, so with them in the mix pretty much sums up my answer. Its the MIAMI HEAT who will emerge as the NBA CHAMPs this year because of this 2 guys. Nobody can guard D.Wade and U. Haslem can make life miserable for Dirk. These 2 things plus Miami's Veterans equals another ring for Shaq and the first ones for GP, Walker, ZO, D Wade and Company.
HEAT in 6 and Dwayne Wade is MVP
Would you be surprised if Pop hands the Spurs over to Avery?
That would be as likely as Larry Brown retiring and
staying retired. Coaches like to coach, specially
the great ones.
So although its not likely, I like the thought, it would
be funny, if he is an assitant like he was before
and they beat the Mavs.
How long do you think that Joe Dumars will fire Michael Curry?
I agree with Avery Johnson being the Pistons' coach.
He brings discipline and preaches defense. Look at what he did to a Mavs team, 67-15.
He doesn't dictate plays, he offers freedom for the point guards to do whatever play they want. He teaches and preaches.
Another would be PJ Carlesimo.
This guy is a veteran coach, a seasoned one.
Right now, it's not about Iverson, it's not his fault.
There's something going on in that Detroit locker room that's withholding them to be at par with the best teams in the NBA.
Curry is not a good coach, never knows what he's doing.
Remember once he let Iverson be on the bench in the 4th quarter because he felt Iverson is ineffective? It was a close game, and the Pistons lost.
I tell you, guys like him would be kind of having an off-night but great players like him don't think about their last shot. A.I. would have made it when it counted the most.
If Gregg Popovich & Avery Johnson switched places, who would win more championships?
He's more technical and game savvy. Look at what happened to Avery Johnson last season: He allowed Don Nelson to get into his head and mess with it. Nelson started a small line up in the first game and instead of Avery to just play his regular guys and regular game, he also switched his roster in response to Nelson and the Mavs lost that game...they never recovered.
Gregg P would not have given in to such mind games.
If they swapped places right now, GP would win by a mile, he'll probably make a good center out of Nowitzki,not a big tall guy that likes to hang around the perimeter and shoot treys that he is right now.
AP won't have to tinker with the current Spurs roster. Why mess with a winning combination?
Would Avery Johnson be a great fit for the Warriors?
Love the picture.
As a former Mavs fan and an Avery fan and someone who got in reaching distance of Avery after a win (shouldnt have added that haa), I love Avery Johnson.
The problem was the team didn't. And multiple (talking at least 5) said they would want out of Dallas if Avery stayed. And Avery also had Devin Harris on a leash, a tight one, that landed the future STAR on the east coast.
Anywho, he is tough guy. And is a COMPLETELY differnet coach then Nelson, (who he would be taking over for again lol)...but the WArriors need a coach that is tough, and was a point guard, considering they have 47 of them.
I like the move.
BQ: Warriors 128, Lakers 73
Lakers win ..maybe 113-102
I don't know how it would work out with Avery in Phoenix. He has a strong record... but is known to ride his players pretty hard. I don't know if Phoenix has the players that can take out the verbal onslaught of Avery. WAhen you have a roster of people who don't mind speaking their minds (Shaq, Stoudemire in particular) Avery as coach could be a problem
Was Avery Johnson the second best point guard who played at least 8 years of 1990's except Jason Kidd?
Payton? John Stockton maybe? How the heck can you consider AJ for any kind of "best point guard" award when he never went to a single all-star game? Look at how many times he was traded, or outright released. That doesn't happen to great players.
Avery was a decent passer, but that's about it. He was a good fit for the Spurs at the turn of the century because he brought some grit to a team that was a little too passive. There's no way, however, you can consider him a great point guard.
Was Avery Johnson the best point guard who played in the NBA for a period of 8 years?
Are you kidding? Avery Jonson wasn't even one of the top 5 point guards in the league at any time during his career. Good guy. Great passer. Not one of the best. Winning a championship does not mean a player is the best at his position. Is Oberto the best center in the league because the Spurs won this year? Uh, no!
Should Pop fire himself from coaching to hire Avery Johnson?
good point,but i doubt it will happen since pop just signed a extension.
bball is my life-stop being a phil jackson nutthugger. he is a good coach but hardly the best. look at his teams,he has come into a organization with the all star players already on the team. he has NEVER built a team from the ground up. lets see him coach the atlanta hawks and see if he can really coach.