The Rock wrote:
D'Antoni is 2-0 vs Phil head to head, How about that?
Im not gonna go over this again, Phil is old, he wasnt sure he could travel with team, the core players we have now were with him in 2011 and tuned him out and could not raise up their game to play for him (Pau, MWP). THere are issues on the team outside of D'Antoni and Phil's control (injuries being the biggest). 2012 old man Phil would not have been that much better of a hire as MDA if we had the same injuries thats all Im gonna say on this
I have to say I do not understand any posters ripping on coaches for being old. That's one of the most inane criticisms of a coach I've ever heard. It has nothing to do with coaching ability. In fact, coaching is the one area in basketball where the wisdom of a maturing person actually comes in handy. It's not like Phil or any other head coach would be asked to go out and play on the court. What's required is basketball knowledge, wisdom accrued through experience and understanding.
So you'd say John Wooden was too old? He won several NCAA championships in his sixties. And I wouldn't say his abilities or understanding diminished a whole lot over his next couple/few decades either, even if he finally hung it up.
Hubie Brown won coach of the year when he was 70 years old.
Larry Brown is older than Phil by about 4 or 5 years. He's still a good coach and someone I wouldn't mind having here if he weren't such a wanderer.
Jerry Sloan - great coach. I'd love to have him. It's not like MDA is some spring chicken. He's been gimpy since he arrived and he's in his 60's too.
I just don't get the ageism thing. Not when it comes to coaches. That's the one area where age is helpful because of your basketball knowledge. You want a young coach? Mike Brown was young - I believe he was only 40. Let's go back to him.
And let's not forget that Bernie Bickerstaff inherited the same injured roster that MDA had. And he did a much better job with that group. And Bernie's pretty damn old too!!
And Tex Winter -sure he wasn't a head coach, but it was his system and his mentorship that helped Phil get 11 rings. He was pretty gosh darn old as well. He was in his 70s with the Bulls and his 80s with the Lakers. But you know, the guy was old and useless I guess. Just like Phil is now. Coaches lose all value once they hit 50.