The Coaches Get a Report Card: Grading All 30 NBA Sideline Chiefs

July 23rd, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
Pro basketball players are often handed graded performance reviews by columnists and analysts. What about the sideline bosses who tell them what play or offense to run and how to run it? Those guys should get report cards, too. Some fail at the job worse than Mel Gibson does at his family life, while others prosper in the face of adversity and undue stress. What constitutes superb coaching varies as much as the landscapes, skylines, and populations of the NBA's 28 markets. Some rosters require a micromanaging hardass whose style resembles Arlee Armee. Sometimes, a franchise can even justify hiring the equivalent of Major Payne. Some of the best coaches, though, avoid the spoon fed diet and encourage players to police their own consumption habits. An NBA coach must determine what leadership method works best for his unit. He must also design offensive and defensive schemes that maximize his players' talents and strengths and guard, as best as possible, their weaknesses. While assistants may develop specific areas of a player's game or install the preferred offense, the head honcho decides whether his versatile guard-forward should occupy most minutes at the two or three spot ...

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