Since most (if not all) posters have seemed to join in on the #FireCasey movement, it is time to really try and move the conversation away from the refrain of he-who-must-not-be-named's errors, and onto the solutions.
I would like this thread to be solely for offering, and discussing alternate coaching options for next season and not just a continual re-hash of he-who-must-not-be-named and all the stupid things he does (that goes in the #FireCasey thread )
So here is a link to one list of names from the other thread (post will likely buried in a few days time)
Here are some names I have found for consideration in no particular order:
Bryan Gates – New Orleans Assistant
Prior to joining New Orleans, Gates was an assistant coach during the 2008-09 season with the Sacramento Kings following a highly-successful three-year stint as a head coach in the NBA Development League with the Idaho Stampede.
While coaching the Stampede, Gates was a two-time recipient of the Dennis Johnson D-League Coach of the Year award (2006-07, 2007-08), and compiled a record of 101-51 (.664 winning percentage, tied for highest in league history), including winning the NBA Development League Championship in 2007-08. Gates was also an assistant coach in Idaho for five years, beginning with the team’s inaugural season in the CBA in 1997-98.
Gates’ first NBDL experience came as an assistant to Head Coach Dennis Johnson with the Austin Toros during the 2005-06 season. He spent the four years prior to joining the D-League in the USBL, as head coach of the Oklahoma Storm. During this time, Gates lead his squad to three Western Conference titles and was named Coach of the Year in 2004.
Gates has additional head coaching experience with the CBL’s Hickory Nutz in the summer of 2003, and the Beirut Blue Stars of Lebanon in 2004-05. He lead the Nutz to a 23-0 record and a championship while being named Coach of the Year in his only season at the post, and guided the Blue Stars to a 2nd place league finish with a 24-7 record and a 4th place showing in the Dubai International Basketball Tournament.
Fred Hoiberg – Iowa St
My #1 choice. The Bulls are also interested. http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/stor...-tom-thibodeau
He did play for the Bulls, but he could be turned off by the Bulls history of coaching relationships (goes back well before Thibs).
From a previous post (Page 96 of the FireCasey thread), a great little breakdown of his style:
Thibs - Bulls
Vance Walberg – assistant with Sacramento under Karl
Never had a chance to be the Head Guy in the NBA, but he’s worth an interview I think. This is the guy that created the offence known as “Dribble drive motion offense”. Breakdown of the offence is here: http://www.coachesclipboard.net/Drib...onOffense.html
At age 58, it’s possible that his chance to get a HC gig is up, but an innovative offensive mind should always be given an interview, if only for some insight to your own players that he may bring.
Gary Payton – former TNT, now Fox Sports 1 Analyst
Tired of watching soft defence? Perhaps taking a chance on the Hall of Fame PG is the answer. Despite no real coaching experience, he has kicked the tires on assistant gigs recently. Remember, Steve Kerr had no coaching experience before taking over the Warriors this year. So while it would be a gamble, it could pay off. At the very least, he’d probably over-take Sam Mitchell for best sound bites in Raptors history.
Mike Malone – former Kings Head Coach
Much like Casey in Minnesota, Malone didn’t really seem to get a fair shake in an abbreviated coaching stint. Malone seemed to be getting the Kings to playing solid ball in the tough west, before Cousins got hurt and management found the opportunity to fire Malone (should be noted that the GM was hired AFTER Malone – and their owner is bat-shit crazy). Malone is similar to Casey in many ways, perhaps turning people off from him; he’s a defence first, slow paced offensive guy. Which is what the book used to say on Casey (the book seems to have changed and the chapter on defence seems missing).
JB Bickerstaff – Assistant in Houston
The guy may have gotten to the NBA coaching circles by using his dad (Bernie) to get there, but he seems to have solidified his place in the league. He has taken charge of the Rockets defence this year (they have the best Opp3P% in the league, 8th in DRtg and 9th in OppFG%).
He’s young and still has lots to prove, but he’s already getting interviews and will likely be getting a shot in the new couple of years from someone.
David Fizdale – Assistant in Miami
A NBA assistant since 2003, he’s been on Spo’s staff in Miami since 2008. He’s also the team’s Director of Player Development. At 40 years old, he has yet to be a Head Coach but in part due to his own reluctance to leave Miami. But the post-LeBron Miami Heat is a different beast, so perhaps the tune has changed. Here’s something from just 6 weeks ago:
Alex Jensen – Assistant in Utah
The 2013 D-League Coach of the Year, played professionally in Turkey, Spain and China. At 38 years old, the 6’7 Jensen is considered one of the up and comers in the coaching ranks.
Robert Pack – Assistant in OKC
Pack has been an assistant in the NBA since 2009 (New Orleans), with a stop with the Clippers from 2010-2013 on his way to OKC. As an undrafted PG who went on to play 13 seasons, the guy has proven to be a hard worker.
Marc Jackson – Not someone I am interested in personally, here is a good example of why:
“While Jackson excelled as a leader, he was not interested in the minutiae of coaching, according to sources. He so rarely watched film that the video team eventually stopped loading clips onto his laptop. He didn’t draw up plays during huddles, or carry a clipboard. He often looked at his cellphone during practice, even when management was around. His relationship with the front office grew more strained.” Via Hoopshype.com