Been thinking about the "soon-to-be" vacated coaching position for the Wolves, and I find myself kind of stumped as to who we should get as a coach. When I think about the qualities I want in a coach, I came up with the following list.
• Great teacher: With the amount of youth and lack of veteran leadership, we really need someone who is able to teach the fundamentals to these kids. Where to be, how to box out, help defense, protecting the rim, inbounding the ball, how to get foul calls, how to draw charges. All the nuances of the game. This coach needs to able to inspire, and get through to young players.• Strong defensive foundation: This team will only go as far as their defense. They need someone who can really teach and fire up this young, athletic team.They need to get stops, be able to adapt to different teams, and buy into a defensive mind-set.
• Able to invent a new offensive system: On paper it sounds so easy. Take a creative, pass-first point guard, a bunch of long, athletic wings/forwards, and an elite rebounder and passer, mix it all together to create an up-tempo, running offense. To be honest, I can't really think of any team that's done this before. Maybe the showtime Lakers. But they had a nice blend of superstars and role players. And they had Magic, Worthy and Kareem. There really isn't any model for a team like this. What will we do in the half-court set? What will we do when we absolutely need a bucket (i.e., our bread and butter plays)? How can we develop a motion offense that plays to each players strengths and gets them the ball in position where they can succeed?
When I reflect and think about who this might be, I find myself dumbfounded that I can't think of any coach at all who fits these qualifications. Most coaches have a system and they need players that fit that system. Phil Jackson, Larry Brown, JVG, etc. They all have systems that they follow. They don't create new systems based on the players.
I can think of coaches who can meet one or two qualities (e.g., offense, Rick Adelman), but not all three.
My prediction: I think we will get a coach, and he won't be able to succeed in creating a new system, and we'll have to switch up the players, to more traditional roles. What do you think CHers? If you could have any coach, who would it be?