So, it was with joy that the Atlanta Hawks at a time were led by a black GM and black head coach, but times change and movements advance. So, while there is a desire to see more black general managers and certainly more owners, the ceiling has been broken thoroughly enough that the competence is the MOST important thing. So, there has been a lot of commentary about who the next coach should be...and it's almost jarring to see how many of those names are of African American descent. It really is about the content and the ability to lead men. So, it's with that that I actually offer the names that I think should be up for serious consideration for this job and amazingly, it's all white men.
I don't know how to explain it, but I want a coach who doesn't really have any connection to these players (sorry, Larry Drew) so, there can be a valuation on the players SOLELY on what they bring to the court, so here's the list.
- Tom Thibodeau - My current favorite. Title, Defensive focus, involvement with one of the greatest organizations ever (hope for some spillover effect)
- Bill Laimbeer - My wild card. I'm not sure about Bill, but he had a lot of success in the NBA as a player and in the WNBA as a coach. This could be a home run or the biggest strikeout ever, but if you're swinging for the fences - I like this. We know he's not going to tolerate a lack of toughness and leadership.
- Lawrence Frank - My opposite of everything I said I want. There are lots of examples where a coach wears out his welcome and needs a 2nd opportunity to round out the rough edges of the first attempt. This could be the example here since he doesn't have a title and doesn't really have any demonstrated experiences with being a leader or tough guy. Not sure, but thinking that a completely different approach could again be exactly what the team needs.
- Jeff Van Gundy - My Moneyball. Bottom line, we know he can coach. We don't know if he can win a title, but he's been close and has been in the battles. Definitely knows what it takes on the defensive end. So, along with Avery Johnson - these are the most 'NBA coach' ready of the group. Enough tape out there on this guy to determine if you like what he brings to the table. Only problem if he's the one is 'can you pay him'.