I am the worst coach ever. I can’t beat you in a head-to-head competition
This is the first in a two-part series on coaching careers that I’ll look at on Monday, and it’s also the first of many to come in the coming weeks.
I know this is a very long read, and the first half of the post is pretty dense.
That said, there are a lot of lessons to be learned here.
The point is to get to the bottom of this one.
The Big Picture The first lesson I want to make clear is that I’m not a professional coach.
The fact that I’ve written this piece is not an endorsement of my work.
It’s a personal opinion.
But I want you to know that the idea that I was hired to coach a top-five team is an extremely low bar to meet.
Let’s be clear, this isn’t a case where I’m trying to prove my worth.
It is, however, a case that I think the public should be given an accurate understanding of how many coaches have actually gotten to the highest level of coaching.
There’s a lot to like about coaching these days.
You can take a top five team and get a winning season, and then you can go on to the NBA Finals.
What’s not so good about this picture is the fact that there are too many coaches that have not.
A good example of this is the recent hiring of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
If you’re going to hire a coach to lead your team, it’s imperative that he’s someone who can coach at a high level.
I don’t think the coach who is hiring him will have much success, and that’s okay.
But it’s not that the Wolves are going to be successful if he doesn’t have the coaching chops necessary to succeed.
And there are plenty of people who have made that mistake.
I’m going to focus on three coaches who are just not the same as the guy who was hired: Karl-Anthony Towns and Doug McDermott.
The Wolves’ GM, Flip Saunders, said last season that he believed McDermott could be a “top-three player in the NBA” in 2019-20, but he also admitted he had concerns about Towns.
I believe McDermott will be a top four player in 2019 and beyond, but his skill set will have to be significantly better.
If he can’t, it will be difficult to find another coach who can.
To put this into perspective, Towns is the second-highest-paid player in NBA history at $20 million per year.
He’s coming off a career year that included winning a championship and becoming the first player since LeBron James in 2010-11 to lead his team to the title.
But he also had an injury-plagued season that saw him struggle with his shot and defense.
That was a clear sign of his lack of chemistry.
He wasn’t the same player he had been in years past.
McDermott has a much more obvious flaw, but even if you take a look at what he’s done so far this season, you can see he’s still a great coach.
You can’t compare Towns to Michael Jordan, who played seven years for the Lakers and averaged 18.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, and averaged 27.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per year, and led the league in assists for two straight seasons.
Jordan averaged just 9.1 rebounds per game.
Towns has averaged 14.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per night, but has played fewer minutes and fewer games.
McDermott’s biggest weakness is his defense.
He has been one of the league’s worst rim protectors in both 2017-18 and 2018-19, and has allowed opponents to shoot over 51 percent in each of the past two seasons.
In both years, he allowed opponents a .636 field goal percentage.
His defensive numbers have improved a lot over the past couple seasons, but there are still plenty of flaws to work out.
The good news is that there’s a reason why McDermott and Towns are close.
Both have played in an elite league, both are capable of winning at a championship level, and both are very good at what they do.
In the end, Towns’ defensive shortcomings will likely cost him his job.
But if McDermott’s problems can be ironed out, and if he has a high-level offensive game that is more in line with his skillset, he could be the perfect fit for a team that is going to try to win now.
It’s important to note that I am not saying that McDermott or Towns will be good enough to succeed with the Wolves, because they are not the only two coaches who could have a chance.
There are other candidates that could be good fit in the right situation, too.
I have no doubt that they will get to a championship before