If come this off-season the Minnesota Timberwolves hired someone such as, oh, Kelvin Sampson, John Calipari, or Rick A. Pitino -- who's the closest basketball parallel to one Pete Carroll -- as its head coach, how would y'all feel about that? All three of Sampson, 58, Calipari, 55 on Feb. 10th, and Pitino, 61, have had their own personal histories with scandals -- with some on the court and others off of it -- but have overcome them with winning.
Winning, yes. It's the almighty "W"-word that rules all of sports.
Now, that's not to say any of them would do well as a head coach in the NBA this decade. Sampson would be old for a first-timer at the pro level, Calipari flopped horribly in New Jersey before reinventing himself back in college with the dribble-drive motion offense, and Pitino fell on his face twice in the NBA -- first off as head coach in New York during the late-'80s and later as head coach/POBO in Boston during the late-'90s/early-2000s -- prior to heading back to college for a second and then third stint.
On the other hand, Sampson is a top assistant for the forward-thinking Rockets, Calipari brought the pro-style game to the NCAA and has cultivated many relationships at the pro level, and Pitino was well ahead of his time by leaning a lot on 3s offensively to go along with a stout D -- as well as has got a disciple of his, Frank Vogel, leading one of the NBA's premier teams in the Pacers -- thus, as y'all can see, justifications can be made for taking a flier on any one of them.
What, therefore, says you? Would you gladly take an amoral, unethical head coach at the helm if it meant the T'wolves became a winning franchise? Oh, and for those of you who wouldn't, what was your take on Dwane Casey when he was in Minnesota? I'm curious ...