Monday, June 7, 2010

Time's Up?

Soooooo, it seems like everyone is shoring up their coaching needs...

  • Bulls got my desired candidate - Thibodeau.
  • Hornets selected Monty Williams (who?)
  • Sixers got Doug Collins
  • Bobcats will probably have Larry Brown back.
  • Nets & Cavs are still looking just like the Hawks...only their owners are sure to not put any parameters on getting the best person to lure LeBron James to their town
Which leaves us with the Hawks and their interviewing process. Now, I will start by saying that it's possible that people have said they do not want to interview with the Hawks. With their shaky ownership situation, lack of funds, poor scouting staff, apathetic fanbase, and uncertain roster, this is not a recipe for certain NBA success, BUT it is a NBA job with a few fantastic talents in a warm weather city that was seeded 3rd and 4th the last two seasons. That should account for something...

And that accounting should be more than this roster of interviewees:
  • Avery Johnson
  • Dwane Casey
  • Dean Demopoulos
  • Mark Jackson
  • Larry Drew
While I have my skepticism around Avery Johnson - his record of success can't be questioned regarding why you'd interview him. The same can be said for Casey, but Demopoulos & Drew had to be a 'hey, get me on the coaching interview radar, my good friend Rick' situation. I can't for the life of me understand why you'd seriously consider either. Now, Mark Jackson intrigues me, but again - there's just too much risk in him if your ownership group is not willing to fire him at the point at which failure has been established. Without deep pockets, I can't endorse this move. Which is why I still wonder why we aren't interviewing more candidates...why not Van Gundy, why not about 6 people to give you a wide spectrum to choose from?

Sounds like a decision will be made by Thursday from the above 5 candidates and I can't say that any really make me smile. Oh I keep saying - Rick Sund, you're on the clock...and the clock is ticking louder and louder. Don't crumble under the pressure.


Ron E. said...

Exactly my thoughts. This is the short list of a team that is just trying to avoid paying a lot of money on a head coach rather than one serious about competing for a title next season.

Anonymous said...

Supposedly we will know the answer by Monday. If I were a betting man, my money would be on Casey. He might not be what I think we need, but you never know, maybe he turns into a killer hire.

Jesse said...

Ooops. The above is I.

ATL_Hawk_Luv said...

Well, I am not going to say that Casey is a bad hire. I am gonna say that I wish we were interviewing more people. I don't believe that we were serious about Avery and that we are again not shooting for the fences, but are trying to find something on the cheap and hope it works.

If you are going to do that, you ought to interview a lot of people in my mind. You don't take 2 of your former employees and add in a complete unknown and say you did a thorough search. It's bad enough our scouting staff is terrible, but for a critical hire - I don't care if you take your time - you just should cast a net wide enough to see if you can catch some salmon and sea bass and catfish, then determine what you want to eat. I'm very concerned about this process so far.

Brad said...

No comment on the new head coach?

ATL_Hawk_Luv said...

honestly, I was so upset by the hire that I said I needed to take the weekend to really say something meaningful, so Brad - I promise I have something to say and it's not pretty, but I plan to say it today.

Jesse said...

Good thing you are waiting to make a post. I don't think it's as bad as it may have initially felt.

ATL_Hawk_Luv said...

Well, Jesse - I wish I felt that way, but I think every optimist about this is on the side of hopeful, not the side of what really ails this team, so no - 3 days hasn't changed my thoughts. Only thing that has changed is me going from anger to starting to side with the people who say that the Hawks are hopeless until they get new ownership.

Jesse said...

If it's the process that angers you, then I agree. My only caveat is that I don't know who all they may have tried to contact, but for the sake of argument, I'm assuming that what we know is all they did.

If that was the full list, then I'm appalled. Regardless if the zebra doesn't plan on changing its stripes, they still should have talked to as many possible candidates as they could. I understand wanting to have someone in place before the draft, but that doesn't mean you rush things. In fact, that means you should have been ready to go much earlier and they should have let Woodson go the very next day after our last game.

However, that all being said, getting upset over this ownership now Larry is akin to the frog getting mad at the scorpion. It is what it is and that sure ain't changing. Plus, from everything that I've been reading Drwe seems to have his stuff together and is completely different from Woodson. Of course, we won't know until Game 1, but it's a small shimmer of hope that things will finally be different.