Three Coaches to Watch

By on May 15, 2015

 

            The NBA playoffs are far from over, but it is never too early to look at some coaches who are on the market or soon to be on the market.

 

NBA ballTom Thibodeau

Why put a coach on this list who is under contract for two more years and just lost in the 2nd round you ask?  Simple.  Thibodeau and the front office do not get along.  In fact, rumor has it that Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls GM, Gar Forman, have not spoken to each other since November.  If your coach and the front office can’t get along, eventually someone will leave or be relieved of their duties and in most cases, the coach ends up losing out.  Thibodeau is a respected coach.  Respected by his players and other coaches.  In his 5 seasons with the Bulls, Thibodeau compiled a 255-139 record, despite Derrick Rose missing 213 games due to injury.  Don’t expect Thibodeau to be on the market long as he will be in high demand.  New Orleans would be a good fit for him.

Scott Brooks

Scott Brooks was the first coach fired after the regular season ended.  His work with the Thunder and their younger players was nothing short of phenomenal.  An excellent teacher with an ability to relate to young players, Brooks was knocked for his lack of offensive strategy and getting outcoached in the playoffs, which led to several early exits from the NBA playoffs.  He is the winningest coach in Oklahoma City Thunder history, going 338-207.  He always won more than 50 games per year, with the exception of the lockout season of 2011 where the Thunder won 47 of the 66 games played.  Look for the Orlando Magic to make a run at Brooks, who has a pre-existing relationship with Magic GM Rob Hennigan.

Mark Jackson

Currently an analyst for ESPN, Mark Jackson was fairly successful at Golden State where he posted a respectable 121-109 record in 3 seasons.  He also led the Warriors to back to back playoff appearances in 2012-2014, something that had not been accomplished in 20 years.  Like Scott Brooks, Jackson is a former player and knows how to relate to players, getting the most out of them.  While Jackson has a reputation as being stubborn, he often clashed with Warriors owner Joe Lacob, Jackson should be and will be given another shot at coaching and could be a good fit with the Denver Nuggets.

 

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