Toronto Raptors Coaching
So I've been seeing on multiple sites talking about the Raps potentially replacing Jay with Mike D'antoni, assuming he is released at seasons end. Is it just me or is this an absolutely redicilous statement. I know there is the past with Colangelo and D'Antoni, not to say that Colangelo is still going to be there, but how does bringing in one of the worst defensive coach's, if the the worst, help the Raps, whos biggest problem is their lack of defense? I'm not saying that Jay is the best coach in the league, but with a young team who has done a good job of sticking together through a tough season, doesn't it make a little more sense to keep a coach and try to build with him, silimar to Atlanta and Mike Woodson?
I'm not sure if this has already been brought up, but just curious of everyones thoughts.
Agreed. Dantoni would be a step in the wrong direction imo .We need someone who knows how to coach defense and isnt afraid to force discipline.
D'Antoni is probably the worst coach you could have for a young team. Scott Skiles is wearing out his welcome in Milwaukee it seems, he could be a development coach ala Doug Collins to bring the team along for when the heavyweight is ready to step in and take the reins. Lawrence Frank could be a good fit too, defensive coaches for Celtics have a pretty good track record as head coaches lately haha.
Toronto just doesn't seem to have an identity, even when Bosh was there. A coach with vision would be a nice fit in there.
They always seem to hire the wrong coaches. D'antoni might upstart thier offense but thier defense would be even more horrible(if possible). As mentioned above Scott Skile, would make a perfect coach, one who get on his players for errors and demands defense. Lawrence frank would be pretty good too but people claim he doesn't develop players well. I think the raps might give pj carlismamo a look, thier assistant coach
Say no to Mike Antoni because he has no D.
In order to get him, Toronto Raptors would need to overpay and then regret the decision in 2 seasons. The Raptors might as well try to get a rookie coach given it's a rebuilding team anyway. Toronto Raptors don't need Mike Antoni.
If looking for an experienced coach, I would rather call up:
Jerry Sloan - not possible, but should call him out of respect anyway
Rick Adelman - will have to see if the Rockets will let him go, he may not even be interested in Raptors given he's considering retirement since his family is still living in Portland.
JVG - he may enjoy his analyst job too much to consider coaching the hopeless Raptors
My personal favorite:
Bill Laimbeer - give this guy a shot, he's a winner, and he's desperate to get a head coach job. Touch guy, great BBIQ, hopefully can bring some D. Will come in CHEAP so if he doesn't work out after a season or two, can just let him go.
I would give Snyder a shot too he was an assistant at duke, head coach at missuri, head coach of Austin Torros, and current assistant of 76ers. His stats
NCAA 2nd Round
NCAA 2nd Round
NIT 1st Round
Lost NBDL Finals
Lost NBDL Semifinals
Lost NBDL Semifinals
Why do we always blame the coach for the team doing bad? Sometimes teams just have bad players and sometimes the players just play bad. These are grown men and the NBA isn't really built for coaching techniques and systems. Did Triano make the team have 4 bad defenders in their starting lineup? No, that is the GM's problem and the players' problem. Is it Triano's fault that they have no true center on their team? No, once againt that is the GM's fault. I think Triano does a fairly good job at trying to hide their teams defensive deficiences by switching from man to zone and giving odd looks. Offensively this team has done fairly good but that usually has nothing to do with the coach because the NBA is full of isos and fast breaks which are more about the players than the coach. The substitutions and minutes given to players seem a little odd by Triano, as we would like to see more minutes by younger players rather than the older guys like Barbosa and Reggie. But it is Triano's job to win, not to develop players if the management tells him to win games and not develop players.. I just think teams should just stop using coaches as scape goats for problems that are usually uncontrobbable by them
Its not all the coach's fault but they share a part of it. When it comes down to it it is everyone in the organizations fault owner,gm,coach,players. Coach's are the scapegoat because they are easist to get rid of, but all the same time great coaches develop and get on there players so the team can get better. Triano looks like he doesn't really run plays, his team hardly executes plays out of time outs. I remember on several games jose would hold the ball and dribble around for 20secs and then toss up a bad shot, same with DD,Weems,Bargs.