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Eso Yeah, we've got a lot of coaching things going on the last day or so.
Um, it's It's been a lot of rumors coming out right now.
We're at the weird point, I guess, like the weird inflection point of the off season where it's kind of a lot of of sort of trade rumors not really were kind of waiting for the moratorium to be lifted, which is the period when trades cannot be made between the end of the previous season and then the next season.
So we're waiting for that to you, and by all accounts, it feels like it's gonna be a pretty busy offseason in that regard.
I think there's gonna be a lot of teams that are somewhat desperate.
So I had a guest on this week.
Schmidt do a who covers the New Orleans Pelicans, and we talked a lot about on That's on my show basketball and Mawr, which is, of course, a SportsCastr featured broadcast, which you can go find on my channel just by clicking, I guess the icon below.
But we talked a lot about some of the things that are going on just in terms of possible trades.
Free agency stuff.
Right now, it appears to be coaching season.
I like to say that we are in.
I've called it coaching tinder, where it seems like coaches air going on like little mini dates with with every single team.
So you have guys like Tyler, you interviewing with it Seems like every single major club that is looking for, um, you know, a new head coach the Rockets have been interviewing.
Ah, lot of names, it seems like, and we're talking about one of the guys today on this broadcast, as well as some of the other names that have been listed as possible options.
But you know, every single team is trying to get a full feel for the field.
Um, you know, and some coaches are looking, it seems like for a little bit more of a rookie head coach, just because of the success that we've seen with that type of feel, where you have a new head coach taking over putting his fundamentals in right away.
And teams just really seem to respond well to that.
You know, Nash, um, you know Nick Nurse Tile.
Ooh, in Cleveland on, then I guess you could even say Vogel this year, who was? It was his first year with the Lakers.
So some teams air going that route other ways.
Other teams air going the way of like, Hey, we want to bring in a guy that has a little bit of experience.
Eso it's It's just been interesting.
It's been coaching tinder, um, a lot of different moving pieces.
You know, some guys have already found their their way into new roles.
Ready? You look at Doc Rivers in Philly.
That was done pretty quickly on bond, and it's it's just been it's been I don't know.
I don't really remember it off season like this, where you felt like so many options were open.
Um, look, I mean, you know, the team that I covered that I just coincidentally happened, happened to be wearing their colors today.
The Brooklyn Nets were one of the teams that were going to be at the top of the line or the front of the line I should say with looking for a new head coach and and they want a completely unexpected route hiring Steve Nash.
So let's talk about some of the remaining teams right now.
Um, Indiana is one of them, though.
It looks like they're going the way of Chris Finch, who has, Ah, pretty nice record in Denver and by all accounts, is a great mind, which is like 0% surprising because that's who the Pacers are there, just the team that you know, that I was talking to somebody.
They're kind of like the Spurs in that they they're good every single year.
They just don't necessarily have the championship hardware, but they are a lot of just being spurs east.
They do things homegrown.
They are always, you know, just like cutting edge in terms of finding the next guy or the next wave of talent in terms of coaching a***en.
So they have their candidate, um, the three really four.
But the Clippers air a weird one.
The three remaining teams Well, yeah, well, say three for right now.
The three remaining teams are really interesting because I think they're all intertwined.
You have the rockets who have been interviewing.
I mean, look right here. Jeff Van Gundy.
A couple of assistant coaches they've hired Ty Lue are hired.
They've they've interviewed tile.
Ooh, and they've just been sort of fishing around.
It's kind of unclear if they're going to spend a lot of money on the head coach or if they're just going to go a little bit of a cheaper route or or somebody that just is again, like that rookie head coach, type of, I guess.
Um, you have the pelicans who the pelicans air funny because you know that position becomes open.
I think it was one of the first gigs to become open, and everybody's looking at it like Wow, like this is maybe the most attractive gig in the N B A.
You know, And and now that's obviously change with all these other teams, like, you know, also firing their head coaches.
And it's a lot of teams that are competing right now.
I mean, look at the l A clippers.
Um, but you know, this this gig that was super attractive initially has kind of lost its luster a little bit.
Um, you know, I would compare it still toe like the option of coach, like a really early, um, you know, Westbrook, Ibaka, Durant.
Okay, See, maybe I don't know if the talent levels necessarily going to be there, but you at least have the option to really, you know, growth.
Something for yourself is a head coach.
And put your imprint on that.
So that position still open.
And it's just it's been an interesting recruitment process, just again talking with a guy that I had on my show this week.
Um, it seems like they're in an interesting little holdover period right now, I mentioned the Clippers who have been mysterious.
Um, you know, and I I just Yeah, they've been odd like they kind of It wasn't the Clippers were weird because when when the like let's take the Nets, for example, the Nets got rid of Kenny Atkinson.
They really had to wait till the end of the season they had.
They're interim coach in Jacque Vaughn, and pretty much right is the season ended.
They made this decision right away and grabbed Steve Nash out of pretty much nowhere.
The Clippers fired Doc Rivers and it doesn't really feel like they have a backup option.
Kind of the same way that they brought in Paul George next to Cho, I or I mean, I guess, co I recruited Paul George and they came in together as a package deal.
They're odd because I can't get a real feel for them.
Um, so right now you have these two teams.
Really? Right now, it seems like the most attractive options at the moment in the most active options at the moment, while the Clippers kind of do their own thing and sniff around secretly, um, you have the Van Gundy brothers are suddenly at the front of the freaking line out of nowhere.
Um, it's funny you like you look at the Van Gundy's Mark Jackson's of the World.
They're usually the guys that are listed in the mix as, Oh, you know, whatever X team fires their head coach.
Well, the Van Gundy's Ahron option and Mark Jackson is an option, and and they just sort of usually feel like the placeholder names like the names that you're going to see every single time with head coach vacancy, um, comes to fruition.
Stan Van Gundy has really made a new impression on the Pelicans organization.
I mean, if you listened to Van Gundy do color commentary, and I know he's got a story record as a head coach, he was, you know, talk about modern offenses.
You people usually point to, like, you know, the sun, the seven seconds or less sons.
But that Orlando team that that was featured around Dwight and had all these, you know, shooters, cutting off one another.
That's a really modern team, and he's always been cutting edge.
I've always been a big fan of him.
The way his tenure ended in in Detroit was a little unceremonious.
But it wasn't a coaching thing.
It was that he had so much equity in that franchise.
He was able to build his own roster, and he probably shouldn't have been building a roster just because it's it's really hard to do two jobs at once, Um, as it turns out, and that's why we probably may not ever see another coach GM in any of our lifetimes again.
It's just that was a trend that I think has died out pretty swiftly, so he's suddenly front of the line for the pelicans.
I do wonder if they're gonna get that deal done.
Which sucks because I don't wanna lose e.
Actually, don't wanna lose either one of the Van Gundy's from color commentary.
I know some people are a little bit colder on Jeff Van Gundy.
I still like him.
I think he knows a lot about the game.
I get it like some of the some of the complaining about close out to shooters and stuff like that is Some people don't like that, but they're both really knowledgeable.
And then Jeff Van Gundy after I don't even know how long has it been like a decade since he's coached? Um, you know, and it's it's shades of, like not Jon Gruden.
Getting a job is pretty much out of the booth.
I mean, it seems like the Rockets are gonna be looking at him that's been reported for a little while on Bit's something.
I actually talked with my Rockets guests from a couple months ago.
He we kind of talked about Jeff.
Van Gundy is a guy that has ties to that Rockets organization and and makes a little bit of sense for them.
So these two guys air there.
The one that's the really interesting X factor for me and the one I can't really get a feel for is tie loop.
So Tyler, who is obviously he's in an interesting position because he's interviewed for the Clippers, the Pelicans and the Rockets.
Gig the Pelicans by pretty much everything that I've heard have him as their number one option.
The question becomes, I mean, it's not even a question he doesn't have.
The Pelicans is their number one option.
He's looking at other gigs.
We don't know what the Clippers they're doing.
I would assume he probably keeps that Clippers like he takes the Clippers gig is like moving up from an assistant, and and you know, that's pretty much everything he would want because it seems like what he wants is a championship roster, which, you know, say what you want.
I think they have, and they're a couple moves away from improving.
So you figure out what you want to do with Lou Williams.
You figure out what you want to do with Montrezl Harrell.
I would let him walk.
We'll see if they won't do that.
Uh, and you just sort of look to improve around the fringes and build a roster that makes a little bit more sense around quien PG um, maybe bring in a little bit more of a reliable third scorer than Lou Williams.
I know that feels crazy because he is such a prolific six man, but I don't know if you need those high volume shooting nights.
I think you need somebody that's just a little more consistent, you know, you know, can perform in the playoffs.
So you have that team.
I think he's probably going to go there, But he's also in the mix for that Rockets gig.
So you have all of these pieces.
It feels like one of these teams are.
All these teams are waiting for one of these things to fall into place.
Tyler goes to the Clippers, Great Rockets.
We're gonna grab Jeff Van Gundy.
Oh, and then the pelicans, we're gonna react up.
That's a great we're gonna get Stan Van Gundy.
So right now we're in this weird period where it seems like all these teams, they're looking at the same couple of options.
There are other head coaches David Vanderpool, is somebody that Ah lot of teams have high expectations for and high hopes for.
He's an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Ah, lot of these head, you know, Assistant head coaches, though I think are probably going to stay where they are.
It just feels like there's too many big names this year.
Maybe next year there are gonna be a couple more options.
There are some older coaches that possibly may retire, or you know, uh, things maybe don't work out in for certain coaches on the team that they're at.
So you look at some of these smaller market teams.
Um, I don't know.
I'm just I'm gonna pull somebody out of the hat like maybe Charlotte decides.
Yeah, we don't really know what James Borrego is, so there's a bunch of teams right now that I think could make sense for some of these assistant coaches.
But it's because there's all these major teams, major market teams, contending teams.
It just feels like they're gonna and and they're all kind of teams that I think want to make splashy moves the Rockets and the Clippers, for obvious reasons because they want to make they really want to remain in the championship hunt and then the Pelicans because they wanna have a culture center and somebody that has a lot of pedigree and has built a winning, I guess, roster and and cultivated a winning culture.
So that's kind of where we're at right now.
Now I want to talk about this before I go.
Um, I covered the Nets here.
I've said this many times.
Um, there's a rumor that came out Maybe, I don't know, like, two minutes before I hopped on.
And did this live that Mike D'Antoni and Phil Handy are looking at assistant coaching gigs in Brooklyn.
Very weird rumor.
I'm a big fan of Mike D'Antoni.
I felt like that.
Mike D'Antoni's in a weird spot because, as we have all of this, this basically coaching Carousel moving around and around and around.
Um, he's the guy that has been kind of left off.
A couple of things, I think, play into that.
I believe he is.
He might be the oldest head coach in the league right now, it's him or pop, but I think he's a year older than Pop, so he's a little bit older, I would assume, and I know there's been a little bit of reporting that he, you know he's got.
He understands that he's got maybe 1 to 2 years left.
His last exit was pretty unceremonious in Houston, and I just wonder if what's out there is not really lining up with what he's looking for.
And then, conversely, perhaps the market isn't as robust for somebody like him, who, I think, because of how he coaches and the way that his teams perform.
I just don't know if it makes sense to bring in a guy who let's be honest, is a really system coach, and that sounds like a negative thing.
I don't think it is at all, but he's somebody that has a lot of beliefs that at this point he's had this this style of play for his entire coaching career.
Um, he's gonna bring those things in.
He's not gonna be overly malleable.
Yes, he's going to work his roster to the strength of his players.
But there are gonna be certain things that come with Ah Mike D'Antoni team and I just don't know if any of these teams make all that much sense for him.
Like the pelicans.
I guess they would make sense.
But again, he's got one or two years left.
Um, so why would you wanna have him come in for a team that's young and probably doesn't hit their window until, like, what? 2 to 3 years, maybe 3 to 4 years? The Rockets make a lot of sense for him.
Obviously, that's not happening.
The Clippers are a quiet team, and they're gonna play slow, so that doesn't make any sense whatsoever.
And then you have the Pacers, which I think he looked at, but, like, you know, it just it's not.
It doesn't feel also again.
Doesn't really feel like a Mike D'Antoni team.
They're a team that's that plays through a center in des Monte Sabonis, and I just It seems like this is just not the year for him.
So seeing his name in this rumor for a potential gig in Brooklyn as an assistant coach to Nash working with Jacque Vaughn, it's weird, like on the surface of it, it's weird being like Okay, wait, so he's going to go be an assistant for a guy that's never coached an hour in his life, never coached a minute in his life in Steve Nash.
But if you look at what's out there for him and what this opportunity could be for him, where not you know, either Things don't work out with Nash, and he's in the He's in the mix for that Nets gig.
It's weird because I don't know how Nashville's about this.
I'm sure it doesn't bother him, but on the outside looking in, they have.
They basically have their market.
The Nets dio If things don't work out with Nash in terms of who the replacement could be, I would say Jacque Vaughn's probably the leader in that, which was weird, because again, Mike D'Antoni has a lot of pedigree, but they have a lot of belief in him.
Marks Sean Marks has a lot of belief in him.
And was I? I think it made.
It may be the number one priority this offseason to keep him around in the mix.
Um, for for Brooklyn, it just everything I've heard and and just seen, um suggests that von is a big part of this, for marks, especially so he's in the mix.
D'Antoni is in the mix And then you also feel handy, who is a very close friend and and family friend of Kyrie Irving, somebody that has earned rave reviews pretty much his entire year in Los Angeles.
And I don't know if he's ready for a coaching gig yet, but he's certainly an educator.
He's certainly somebody that models, you know, back other younger basketball players and and wants players to improve on themselves.
So it's an interesting mix.
Um, it's a lot of guys that, you know, I think if they can come together and congregate and and figure out a way to get onto the same page early on and kind of again, look at what the Lakers did this year.
All you hear about is Jason Kidd.
Um, this is a guy that, yeah, he's an assistant coach to to Frank Vogel.
But in the event that something goes wrong, you know that guy is gonna be knocking on the door of he wants that gig.
I haven't even mentioned Jason Kidd.
Jason Kidd's another one that's kind of floating around his head coaching option.
We'll see if that happens, but, um, you know you have that, but they get on the same page from the very beginning.
Part of that's because hello, they're coaching LeBron James, and that's a guy that sets the culture.
I think Durant is doing a good job with that.
It seems like there's a lot of flow with him and Sean Marks, but right now, because they have all of these night again, this is just a rumor.
Mikey and Tony hasn't been hired.
Phil Handy hasn't been hired.
He has the option to stay in Los Angeles and stand just as an attractive if not ah better situation as a Laker.
Like, you know, again, like that's a great place to be.
But it will be interesting.
Regardless of what happens.
The Nets air looking at high profile guys, and it'll be really curious, I think, basically, from the second they get into training camp, they need to set a culture.
But not even a culture Justin identity for that team and a little bit of a pecking order.
And I mean, look, maybe it is that collaborative meshing thing that that Kyrie has mentioned on a podcast with Kevin Durant.
I mean, if they can pull that off, Amazing, Um and and that's That's a that's a great concept.
If they can make that collaborative thing work now, that's easier said than done, because again, it's a league of and it's This team has a lot of star players, Um, a lot of guys that have enjoyed a lot of success and with success comes a little bit of ego, so that'll be interesting for them to pull off.
But overall, I mean, look like I think it's gonna be fun these next couple of weeks.
I would expect a lot of these dominoes to fall in.
As I said once one of these falls, all of them will fall, and I don't know which gig it'll be first.
It may actually be like the Clippers, because they're moving so much in silence.
The Rockets are being very public about who they're looking at.
The pelicans have also been that way.
I mean, if you if you put a gun to my head, Brooklyn will leave out of this because I don't know what they're doing it, they'll they'll hire somebody independently and the guys they're looking at right now, it doesn't seem like they're even in the mix for head coaching gig.
So if you had to put a gun to my head right now, um, I would say probably the you know, I think I think the Clippers, I think the Rockets will hire first and then I would expect, because the Rockets are are you know, they're not really competing with too many guys other than Ty Lue with the pelicans.
I think the pelicans would still wait, and then that puts you in a position where once the Clippers hire somebody, then I'd expect us to get our pelicans decision.
But I don't know, this could all change if they're enamored by Stan Van Gundy, the pelicans, I mean, then this then this is this conversation is moved.
So, yeah, that's all I got today.
Coaching is it's gonna be the talk of the league for the next couple of weeks.
Um, it's an interesting discussion.
A lot of guys that we'll see what they bring to the table.
I think some of them we have a little more concrete ideas than others, but it's it's a great mix of coaches, and it's it's fun to have a lot of these guys back in the league, just especially I mean the three guys that we've talked mainly today.
They're all guys that have done it, and they're all guys that have succeeded in the past and have a winning pedigree to them.
But crazy things happen in the MBA.
Look at Steve Nash s.
Oh, thank you guys. So much for watching.
I will be back a little bit later today, bringing on a Lakers guest Alex Regular, to talk a little bit about this Lakers offseason way that they can improve because I do think there are ways for them to improve that roster.
Maybe not significantly, but definitely improve around the fringes and bring, you know, that hopefully, that same level defensive intensity, but with a little bit more offensive, well rounded nous.
So I'll be doing that today.
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