Sure I’ll go through my thought process.
First off, the thread was specific to Doc Rivers a not all NBA coaches, right?
2 - We have a coach for next season, who is not going to be fired short of a cataclysmic scandal at this point. If he sux again, I’m all for his dismissal, as is everyone else in the watchful waiting
️, so far as I can tell. For me the anti-sucking criteria is: no Weakling Wednesday participation and the requisite 8-9 BT wins needed to achieve it.
3. The OP stated that Doc has a connection to the U - apparently being Jim Brewer’s nephew - pretty remote IMO. Woodson who was an NBA coach, with the Hawks and then the Knicks, after he was fired Ny the Knicks, he spent the next 7 years as an NBA coach - likely wasn’t getting another chance at that gig. He is a native of Indianapolis and was a star Hoosier player and an alumnus of Indiana - much di than having an uncle sho played at the U 50 years ago.
Shrewsberry was an NBA assistant for the Celtics and all the rest of his time was as a college assistant coach, including his last job at Purdue, before getting the gig at PSU - his first as a HC.
Doc’s salary at the Sixers was $8M at Philly and won an NBA championship as an HC, none of the coaches you mentioned have that pedigree.
Here’s his salary info- the U can’t be competitive with that -
Doc Rivers contract and salary cap details, contract breakdowns, dead money, and news.
Former Gopher J.B. Bickerstaff was mentioned as a possibility on here by posters, but all his coaching experience has been in the NBA and he’s the head of the Cavs now and was signed to an extension thr the 26-27 season. His dad is NBA legend Bernie Bickerstaff who won 419 games in the Association and us best known for helming the Sonics; couldn’t find his specific numbers.
Hoiberg hasn’t impressed at Nebraska IMO. It’s quite possible that’s the best gig The Mayor could land.
I personally am unaware of a coach who has had recent success professionally “leveling down” to college; they go down for good ala Saban and can pick a great spot. If Doc wanted to coach college, why would he go to the U?
As posited previously, he’ll likely be a serious candidate for Milwaukee or Phoenix; Giannis/KD > Payne.
If you have further questions, I’ll provide my thoughts FWIW.