Blogtable: Coach who deserves another four-year term?
Each week, we ask our stable of scribes across the globe to weigh in on the most important NBA topics of the day.
Name a head coach who has been on his current bench for less than four years who absolutely, positively deserves another four-year term.
David Aldridge: Think it’s pretty clear Tyronn Lue has earned “re-election” in Cleveland. Great feel for people and the game.
Steve Aschburner: Give me Cleveland’s Tyronn Lue, who has a ring and an All-Star appearance in barely half a season. I know, he has LeBron James at his disposal, which would make a lot of coaches look like Auerbach or Wooden reincarnate. But all the praise heaped on Lue even before he got promoted into David Blatt’s spot, and the way he handles the other 13 or 14 players, and his dedication to the work, weren’t dependent on coaching the game’s best active player. The only asterisk on this pick is that Lue already signed a five-year extension in July, so it’s nice to know the Cavs agree with me.
Fran Blinebury: Brad Stevens, Steve Clifford, Tyronn Lue, Brett Brown, Quin Snyder, Steve Kerr, Luke Walton, Billy Donovan. Yes, Brett Brown. After the suffering he’s endured, he gets another term to end the recession in Philly.
Scott Howard-Cooper: Steve Kerr. It would have been a question a year ago at this time because of his health. Now that he says he is feeling better, and he appears to be as well, it’s an easy call. Go for the full eight years.
Shaun Powell: Is it too soon to nominate Luke Walton? OK, well if so, then the easy answer is Tyronn Lue since he has a championship and just signed an extension this summer.
John Schuhmann: Steve Clifford has done a fantastic job in Charlotte. He took over a team that ranked last in defensive efficiency each of the previous two seasons and pushed them to sixth on that end of the floor (and into the playoffs) in his first year, a remarkable turnaround. Last season (his third), the Hornets were one of four teams that ranked in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. His players love playing for him and he has made the most of what he has on that roster.
Sekou Smith: Tyronn Lue is a young star on the rise. He already has his championship and has every opportunity to develop into one of the best coaches in the league. And he’s already got that contract for the foreseeable future in hand. The Cavaliers were wise to elevate him when they did and just as wise to lock him up for the future with that new deal over the summer.
Ian Thomsen: There are a lot of them — Mike Budenholzer, Steve Clifford, Doc Rivers, Brad Stevens, Brett Brown, Tyronn Lue and (yes) Brett Brown — but Steve Kerr has shown himself to be the FDR of this group. He won one championship, almost won another and then attracted the best free agent since LeBron James.
Lang Whitaker: He’s not in danger of going anywhere anytime soon, but on the heels of their win last night over Cleveland, how about Atlanta’s Mike Budenholzer? This is the start of his fourth season, and he’s won almost 60 percent of his games, the best rate for a Hawks coach in fifty years. And as that win over Cleveland showed, following the departure of Al Horford, Budenholzer wasn’t afraid to revamp his system to best take advantage of the talents of Dwight Howard.
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