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Coach K reporting this week he doesn't want to be the US Olympic coach no more.
Time for Colangelo to make what we know would be the best move.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by WBill19542 17 months ago
This would be awesome.
Doc Rivers was floated as the choice awhile back. Haven't heard anything recently.
Anyone. Anyplace. Anytime.
ESPN said that Gregg Popovich is the favorite
Colangelo wants to go with a NBA coach this time
Izzo would love it but would NBA players play the way he wants them to? Do Kobe, Dwight and lebron respond to his style of coaching?
Doc or Pop would be better Olympics coaches. That job is almost entirely managing superstar egos and getting them to play together, and I think they are the best "players coaches" in the league.
Izzo is the best college coach in the country, but he can be demanding, hard on players, and has no NBA experience. He's an insanely smart basketball mind, so I'm sure he could make it work, but I've always thought his "father figure" style of coaching college kids wouldn't really translate to NBA players
Well he is well versed in coaching Euro-Argentine floppers.
I bet he would get a look as assistant when Pop gets hired.
You don't think that describes Coach K ?
No. Izzo doesn't need to pamper and "coach" a bunch of guys that make more than his salary in a week.
Sparty is our mascot, we are Spartans.
I doubt Izzo gets the job, but he'd tailor his style for those players. He's not stupid. K tailored his style too. K doesn't blow up his kids on camera as much as Izzo, but he is borderline sadistic behind closed doors according to his former players.
Izzo getting the Olympics job would boost recruiting to the stratosphere. Would be an incredible boost for the program, and a great opportunity for Izzo to scratch that NBA itch.
Very good point, although now that K is older it seems like he's toned down the intensity.
In front of the cameras, yes. Not so much otherwise.
Pop and Rivers seem to the the popular choices.
Read something a few weeks back listing Izzo and Calipari as the 2 best options if they were to go the college route again.
I think its a no-brainer to put Izzo on the staff though.
It would be hilarious and enjoyable to watch Izzo yell at some of those dudes.
tRCMB - Visit at your own risk of being disgusted.
Dwight misses a lay up, Izzo points to floor right beside him with a "GET THE FUCK OVER HERE DWIGHT" look on his face
And god help anybody who's dogging it on defense...
We would never lose a game with Izzo as coach. Or maybe... We would lose a couple games in group play to rest for the Tournament?
I hope he gets it because I think he's publicly stated he'd like to do it. If Colangelo chooses Popovich it's hard to argue with that. Rivers would probably be a good choice, too. I hope Izzo gets to go as an assistant if he's not the head coach.
We shouldn't lose a game with Brian Ellerbe as coach. It's just a matter of NBA players, notorious for not giving a shit on occasion, giving a shit on that particular occasion.
Exactly. I don't think Izzo would let them take that attitude. If you are not here to play they might get semi chewed out or benched. I would hope so anyway.
I do not get the love for Rivers. He's won one title with: One of, if not the best 4s ever, a top 3 PG in the league, the best 3 pt shooter ever, a quasi star in Paul Pierce, and a stacked bench. Before Allen and KG came to Boston he didn't do much with the talent, and once they got old / left, they've been on a steady decline. When Thibodeau left Boston their defense took a step back, and it's clear from the Bulls that Thibs was the defensive genius of that staff.
Popovich, to his credit, wins with and without his aging stars. Rivers to me just seems like a right place right time coach.
So can we get him on the U17 squad so he can make all those recruiting connections?
This post was edited by Beardy 17 months ago
Cosign. I think Rivers is a decent coach, but not a great coach. However, it seems he's done a relatively good job in BOS of getting a diverse group of stars (KG is half insane; Pierce has always been the man but has had to take step aside for others; Rondo is a moody introvert) to pull together and play for each other. That seems like having those skills would be a huge part of being a successful Olympic coach.
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