9-days after finishing his professional basketball career, Derek Fisher will be assuming the role of head coach for the legendary New York Knicks.
Fisher, who has never coached a game in his life will be taking on his first job in a very high pressure environment. Current Knick GM and longtime friend of Fisher, Phil Jackson decided to bring in a fresh face to take the Knicks to the next level.
After the announcement was made that Fish would be the new man on the sidelines for the Knicks, Djsdoingwork.com began thinking about other players who could come in and possibly make a contender or potential contender better immediately even though they have never coached a day in their life!
The former Knick great and current assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats, Pat has been mentioned previously for other positions (Bobcats, Magic.) He’s even held a head coach postion, granted for a temporary time, with teh Bobcats. After working with Yao Ming and Dwight Howard, Ewing has made his name as the big man whisperer after helping both of those talents reach new heights. So what hasn’t he got the “you’re hired” conversation yet?
Ewing brings to the position years of experience as an all-pro player and years on the sidelines watching some good coaches like Stan Van Gundy. I can see Ewing being tapped to head up a team that has a young big man like Anthony Davis or Joel Embiid to help them maximize their full potential. I wouldn’t be shocked if he found himself on the bench alongside SVG in Detroit helping Andre Drummond become the dominant big man that he’s shown flashes of being.
What’s stopping him from landing a spot as a head coach somewhere? Only general managers can answer that question. Till then, he’ll keep waiting and waiting and waiting.
The San Antonio Spurs defensive wiz has a pretty good job reporting on basketball for ESPN right now and might not want to take on the day-to-day stress that comes with coaching a pro team. If he did, I think his personality, experience as a player and years of watching the game from a new point of view, ike Steve Kerr, might make him a good person to at least think about when it comes to choosing a new coach.
Bowen will definitely stress defense to his teams as well as bringing in a system of play that includes plenty of ball movement and patience like what he played in San Antonio.
If you were a team like the Sixers who seem to allow anyone to score, wouldn’t you like to see someone like Bowen working with Nerlens Noel, Michael-Carter Williams and whoever they pick with their #3 pick in the NBA draft on how not to let someone score at will on you?
He wasn’t much of a player, but I feel like he might be the next Phil Jackson. Aside from the fact that he’s played for Phil and his father is Bill Walton, Luke is a master of the triangle offense. He was actually rumored to be up for a coaching position with the Knicks thanks to Phil Jackson.
Walton’s best strength would be that he can install and teach the triangle offense to a young team. I see Walton coming into the league as a coach eventually and being a good, maybe great one. Whether or not it happens anytime soon has yet to be determined, but don’t be shocked if see Walton glued to another teams bench like he has been his whole career. (shots fired from a diehard Celtics fan. BOOM!)
The former all-star point guard was the only person who could help the N.B.A. avoid players walking off the court during the Donald Sterling incident. Johnson is currently the Mayor of Sacramento. He used his influence in the league to help negotiate the sale of the Kings to owners who would keep the team in the city. While none of that is coaching experience, I can’t think of someone better to lead a group of men into battle than K.J.
While starting the point for the Suns, he managed to keep ball hungry players like Charles Barkley and Dan Majerle happy, while finding his own shot. He led the team to multiple playoff berths and a Finals appearance.
I’m sure he can come in right now and help a team like the Grizzlies who have a young point guard like Mike Conley take that next leap into the upper echelon of the Western Conference.
Who knows if Johnson would want to coach? If he does make his coaching intentions known, don’t be shocked if a few teams will spend sometime knocking at his door hoping he answers.
Another point guard? Don’t be shocked. If anybody can go from on the court to coach it would be a point guard. Points play like coaches on the court anyway. Many call their own plays on offense and defense, and have managed to keep a locker-room of varying personalities focused on a common goal.
After Stockton took the Utah Jazz to back to back Finals appearances against the Chicago Bulls, Stockton might be the person who can lead his former team to glory again. Stockton is a quiet type in general, not sure if taking press conference after press conference would be his cup of tea, but helping the struggling Jazz get back to the playoffs and hopefully the Finals might make that part of the job worthwhile.