Doc Rivers

When those two names came up each time it gave me a migraine. But I remember when people wanted Hohensee to take over...

I forgot about Hohensee 😄

Sid was great because he always seemingly to me anyway, found a way to plug Trestmann.

I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but I always secretly thought Dungy might do it, if he wanted to coach again and got tired of the booth. I think he would have excelled as a college coach as well.

I bet if Sid was your friend, he’d give you the shirt off his back, if you asked. No wonder, he was so good at what he did.
 
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I forgot about Hohensee 😄

Sud was great because he always seemingly, to me anyway, found a way to plug Trestmann.

I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but I always secretly thought Dungy might do it, if he wanted to coach again and got tired of the booth. I think he would have excelled as a college coach as well.

I bet if Sid was your friend, he’d give you the shirt off his back, if you asked. No wonder, he was so good at what he did.
I secretly hoped for Tony too. Don’t know how well you know him but he is an incredible human being.
 

I would respectfully ask why you (& others) are so dismissive of the idea of looking at the NBA coaching ranks. Sure, the majority of them are looking for NBA jobs, but guys like Hoiberg, Woodson, and Shrewsberry were in the NBA. PSU and Nebraska are not destination jobs, but they are in the same destination conference that MN is in. Again, maybe not Doc, but there might be someone. Wasn't there a former T-Wolf-turned-coach interested when Johnson was hired?

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 -



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.
 
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Gopher in NYC ... just to be clear...wanna be sure I got this right... You don't think Doc Rivers will be the next Gopher coach? Amirite? :)
 









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?
Well, there's Eric Musselman. I've heard some around here wishing we went after him a few years ago.

I believe the majority of coaches (football and basketball) are better suited for either the NBA or college, but not both. There are rare exceptions. But a failed NBA coach could be great in college; a great NBA coach could crash and burn quickly in college.

I'd have no problem looking at fired NBA coach, but Coyle would have to determine if he can evaluate talent on his own and has the will and ability to recruit and manage 17-year-olds.
 

Well, there's Eric Musselman. I've heard some around here wishing we went after him a few years ago.

I believe the majority of coaches (football and basketball) are better suited for either the NBA or college, but not both. There are rare exceptions. But a failed NBA coach could be great in college; a great NBA coach could crash and burn quickly in college.

I'd have no problem looking at fired NBA coach, but Coyle would have to determine if he can evaluate talent on his own and has the will and ability to recruit and manage 17-year-olds.

Good point about Muss - I forgot about him.

With the portal madness, I’d much rather be in the pro ranks.

I’d think Larry Brown is the only one who had measurable success in both levels.
 

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 -



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.
If you've read any of my posts out here, you'd know I want Ben to succeed. That doesn't preclude me or others from throwing out a clearly stated "huge longshoot what if" scenario. Based on your response, it certainly touched a nerve, though.
 



Very few have failed miserably but upward as impressively as Doc. It'll be interesting to see where he lands.
I hope Doc winds up at TNT/TBS. He's a really good TV commentator. If he could take the reps that Grant Hill gets it would be a WIN-WIN.
 

If you've read any of my posts out here, you'd know I want Ben to succeed. That doesn't preclude me or others from throwing out a clearly stated "huge longshoot what if" scenario. Based on your response, it certainly touched a nerve, though.
Ben has succeeded. 2 mill per year.
 




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