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    Default Ujiri looking for big man coach.

    Reportedly Ujiri is looking for a big man coach!

    'Leiweke: Ujiri looking for a big man coach right now. Think one of the all-time great big men.'

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    I'm guessing Hakeem.

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    I'd say more likely Kareem. The LA ties
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    I'm thinking Ewing or Sabonis. Is Ewing on a staff right now?

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    Quote blackjitsu wrote: View Post
    I'm thinking Ewing or Sabonis. Is Ewing on a staff right now?

    Yeah, MJ gave him a job in Charlotte

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    Quote blackjitsu wrote: View Post
    I'm thinking Ewing or Sabonis. Is Ewing on a staff right now?
    I think Sabonis is president of Lithuanian basketball federation and Ewing is with Hornets(charlotte); who's available?

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    Interesting. My money's on Sabonis, both because of the Lithuanian connection and because there just aren't that many other plausible candidates that aren't already working for another team.

    Ewing - Bobcats
    Hakeem - Rockets
    Shaq - Don't really see him being a good influence
    McHale - Rockets
    Yao - Rockets
    Robinson - Not officially employed, but can't see him with anyone but the Spurs
    Malone - Jazz
    Russell - Maybe a possibility, but he hasn't shown any interest in this kind of job in the past
    Kareem - Again, maybe a possibility, but reports are that he wants a head coaching job. Don't see him working for the Raps as a player development coach.

    Anyone I'm missing?

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    Well, first of all the guy has to want to come to Toronto. And I don't think a guy will be like "ewww! Toronto", but if Kareem has lived the past 20 years in LA, maybe he doesn't want to move anywhere.

    And for Sabonis, it's a nice thought, but for a guy who hasn't really spent much time around the NBA since retiring, gotta wonder if it's a job he would even want.

    Trying to think of other guys, just in general. I'm sure some of them wouldn't coach, or maybe would suck at it anyway....

    Bob McAdoo...More of a PF, but he was a solid player. Currently on Miami's bench.

    Moses Malone....Retired. Don't know if he'd want to, or can coach in any way. Rebounding machine.

    Robert Parish....The forgotten C in Boston. Don't know if he would coach as well.

    Elgin Baylor....If he wasn't so old....Can't see him wanting to do anything in the NBA again since he's almost 80. But he is one of the most underrated bigs ever.

    Random and likely unpopular thought: Alonzo Mourning.

    Another guy who I'm not at all sure would have interest in coaching: Vlade Divac

    Casey's already compared JV to Jack Sikma this summer...maybe they pluck him from Adelman's staff (just like Bayno).

    Probably a bunch more who'd fit the bill in some way.

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    Quote tkfu wrote: View Post
    Interesting. My money's on Sabonis, both because of the Lithuanian connection and because there just aren't that many other plausible candidates that aren't already working for another team.

    Ewing - Bobcats
    Hakeem - Rockets
    Shaq - Don't really see him being a good influence
    McHale - Rockets
    Yao - Rockets
    Robinson - Not officially employed, but can't see him with anyone but the Spurs
    Malone - Jazz
    Russell - Maybe a possibility, but he hasn't shown any interest in this kind of job in the past
    Kareem - Again, maybe a possibility, but reports are that he wants a head coaching job. Don't see him working for the Raps as a player development coach.

    Anyone I'm missing?
    Bill Walton?
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    Quote Mundy wrote: View Post
    Bill Walton?
    That's a good one actually.. Bill Walton was one of the best.

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    Quote planetmars wrote: View Post
    That's a good one actually.. Bill Walton was one of the best.
    I figured Bill Walton is too worn out physically to take on such a job. I mean, would he be able to stand up and drill Jonas for an hour? Can't be coaching entirely from a sitting down position.

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    Bill Walton?

    Good idea, but everyone is talking about centers (except for Karl Malone). A big man coach would help Valanciunas, Johnson, Hansbrough, Acy, and Grey. So think about someone who could help not just things like post moves, but rebounding, jump shots, help defense. Remember that there are only a few true centers in the NBA these days, so a lot of "centers" are normally power forwards.

    Larry Bird is otherwise occupied these days, but what about James Worthy?

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    Quote caccia wrote: View Post
    Bill Walton?

    Good idea, but everyone is talking about centers (except for Karl Malone). A big man coach would help Valanciunas, Johnson, Hansbrough, Acy, and Grey. So think about someone who could help not just things like post moves, but rebounding, jump shots, help defense. Remember that there are only a few true centers in the NBA these days, so a lot of "centers" are normally power forwards.



    Larry Bird is otherwise occupied these days, but what about James Worthy?
    Yeah but JV is one of the true C in the NBA. Bird and Worthy were both SF.

    Worthy btw works for the Lakers as an analyst. And Bird i believe is back with the Pacers front office.
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    Ralph Sampson is apparently available since leaving the Suns as an assistant coach last month. He helped do player development as well. I'd consider him.

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    Quote Dr. James Naismith wrote: View Post
    Ralph Sampson is apparently available since leaving the Suns as an assistant coach last month. He helped do player development as well. I'd consider him.
    There's another good name. I would be down with Sampson. I also think it's a plus to have a guy with coaching experience. Not critical, but definitely a bonus.

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    Quote JordanMariam14 wrote: View Post
    Reportedly Ujiri is looking for a big man coach!

    'Leiweke: Ujiri looking for a big man coach right now. Think one of the all-time great big men.'
    Do you have a link for this quote? I'm just trying to figure out the context of this quote.

    As for other possible names...don't think Big "Z" is considered one of the all-time great big men, but the Lithuanian connection is there.

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    Quote Mediumcore wrote: View Post
    Do you have a link for this quote? I'm just trying to figure out the context of this quote.

    As for other possible names...don't think Big "Z" is considered one of the all-time great big men, but the Lithuanian connection is there.
    Big Z is special assistant to Chris Grant. so he's out.

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    Quote Mediumcore wrote: View Post
    Do you have a link for this quote? I'm just trying to figure out the context of this quote.

    As for other possible names...don't think Big "Z" is considered one of the all-time great big men, but the Lithuanian connection is there.
    Arsenalist and PhdSteve had dinner with Leiweke last night and he told them. I know you likely think I'm joking, but I kid you not.







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    Quote dr. James naismith wrote: View Post
    arsenalist and phdsteve had dinner with leiweke last night and he told them. I know you likely think i'm joking, but i kid you not.






    LOL, I'm a big fan of PHDSteve's pod casts, and I would have paid to be a fly on the wall during that dinner.

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    Quote Mediumcore wrote: View Post
    LOL, I'm a big fan of PHDSteve's pod casts, and I would have paid to be a fly on the wall during that dinner.
    I'm sure one of them will post a column on the main page regarding their dinner last night with Leiweke. Or perhaps not depending on how sensitive the the discussion was when it comes to the team in general.

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