College ball provides "blue chip" schools like Kansas a massive advantage over their competition. Bill Self in the NBA could end up like Nick Saban's abbreviate career at the Miami Dolphins. The playing field was leveled and suddenly, without a MASSIVE talent advantage, Saban didn't look like a coaching genius. (He literally quit his NFL coaching job midseason, I believe)
Self might be good on the next level, but I certainly understand why a college coach who gets the cream of the talent crop every year, might balk at developing an NBA team with a salary cap.
Completely agree on the point guard comment. This year's team was so insanely fun to watch. I think part of the fun (outside of running actual offensive sets led by all-star CP3) was that nobody expected them to gel the way they did.
I doubt that Presti would bring in or promote someone to be a placeholder coach. I think OKC presents a unique opportunity for someone to come in and really develop/mold the young core: Shai, Dort, and Bazley. Combine those three with OKC's draft picks and Presti's creativity - winning situation. We're not talking about a franchise like the perennially awful New York Knicks. Hoping for the best!
The Oklahoma City Thunder are promoting assistant Mark Daigneault to become the franchise's next head coach, sources told ESPN on Thursday.
Daigneault's elevation to replace the departed Billy Donovan completes a rapid six-year rise within the franchise, which included a five-year run as the OKC Blue's G-League coach, where Daigneault had a .572 winning percentage and three division titles.
Daigneault, 35, takes over the Thunder within three weeks of the opening of training camp on Dec. 1, with a roster that could well be in flux between now and opening night on Dec. 22.