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Wizards' Next Coach?

Ivan Carter wrote a story about coaching possibilities for the Wizards in this morning's newspaper. We asked this question right after Eddie Jordan was fired, but it's time to revisit the subject. What do you think? Please weigh in below.

By Alexa Steele  |  March 2, 2009; 11:05 AM ET
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EG will go after Tom Thibodeau again.

Posted by: 33dgriffin | March 2, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Whoever is the next coach, if they go 1-10 again, will EG fire him as well?


- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 2, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

For the personnel they currently have (both health and injured) Saunders would be the best fit.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 2, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

my black horse candidate is Paul Silas

Posted by: WizardsExtreme | March 2, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Flip, Avery, Paul - ANYONE would be an improvement over Taps!

Posted by: charley42 | March 2, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

WizardsExtreme - I was just going to mention Paul Silas. What's he been up to these days? I think he would be a perfect fit for this team, and could get them to buckle down a little bit.

Posted by: tigerquoll | March 2, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Any but Tapscott. I would like to see Tom Thibodeau come in -- it cannot be someone from the current staff.

Flip is a excellent offensive coach which could work well with this group of players. He likes to play a lot of zone defense which may actually work a little better for the Wiz considering all the individual weaknesses we have on defense. Of our starters, only Haywood is a adequate NBA defender. Butler is average, at best. Jamison is terrible. Arenas is not very interested in playing defense.

Posted by: Chad32 | March 2, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I've respected Flip Saunders for a while now. I think he can instill discipline while still maintaining good relationships with the players. Johnson is probably too hard-nosed for this group, and I don't know if Mitchell has a good enough track record.

Interesting point about the zone defense. Certain players have never been good defenders and probably won't start now, so maybe a zone is better. The length of many of the players would seem to be an advantage there.

Posted by: uptownjive | March 2, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

I vote for Avery. But I want Patrick Ewing or give Kareem a chance!

Posted by: CBell29 | March 2, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Ewing and Grunfeld have some history together, so I wouldn't rule that out. I'm just not convinced that a rookie head coach is the best idea for this team.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 2, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Ivan. Since I've been complaining about the lack of W Post coverage of this topic, I just want to say thanks for looking into who's out there.

Posted by: jweber1 | March 2, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Tyrone Corbin from Utah. Bring in the Flex Offense and Jerry Sloan toughness...

Posted by: vwilli1 | March 2, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Avery would be a good mesh with the current players on the team. Flip would be good. I like Ewing especially with the big talent we have but I think we need an ultra-experienced guy to manage this roster of personalities. Who will they listen to? Who will they respect? Having another season like the one we're currently enduring is totally unacceptable which is why we can't "give someone a chance".

Posted by: hkeith21 | March 2, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

As much as I like Ewing this is not the time for OJT of course as most of you know I would bring back EJ(yeah who didn't know that!) that being said Avery Johnson would be my choice.

Posted by: dargregmag | March 2, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

This team will tune out Avery in about five minutes. So I give him the best chance to go 1-10.

Mitchell has my vote, because he always seemed to get a lot out a litte. Get past the big 3 and we have ... well... a little.

Posted by: mabkhar | March 2, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I like EJ the man, don't like EJ the head coach. Never win a championship in the NBA running a Princeton offense.

Posted by: hkeith21 | March 2, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

ugggggggggggghhhhhhhhhh............almost as depressing as this

Posted by: virtueandvice | March 2, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Next head coach..Patrick Ewing..his contract runs out at the end of this season..

Patrick Ewing will turn JaVale McGee into the next Dwight Howard..

Posted by: wiz-skins07 | March 2, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

The team is 13-35 under Tapscott, who formerly carried the title of director of player development and will likely return to that role, according to sources.

Why would the Wizards make Tapscott the of director of player development again, since he hasn't devloped anyone besides DM?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 2, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I vote for Pam McGee. It's the only way the little McGee will get any minutes.

The Wiz are sitting on a disruptive force and don't even know it.

Tapscott for player development? Please.

And one other please. No Wes Jr. for head coach. Favoratism is a motivation killer and a prescription to mediocrity.

Posted by: Izman | March 2, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Am I speaking Chinese?

Posted by: clfrdj | March 2, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see Jeff Van Gundy myself..

Posted by: slimjim21787 | March 2, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I do not like Avery Johnson or Sam Mitchel, at all. Mitchell is a flat out bum of a coach who has never done anything in the NBA. At least Avery has won, but he has clashed with his guards so him and Gilbert will not be a good fit. Saunders would be my pick of those choices. He got a raw deal in both Minnesota and Detroit. Dumars was an idiot for siding with the players over Flip and has egg all over his face. Now he knows the players are the problem and he has no coach. Flip took an overrated team in Detroit to a near finals trip and had Minnesota respectable year in and year out.

Posted by: | March 2, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

A little old business:

Scout's take

Roger Mason has hit several clutch shots and is tied for eighth in the NBA in three-point shooting (43.6 percent) while averaging 12.0 points as the Spurs' starting shooting guard. An NBA scout assesses how a player who never averaged more than 21.3 minutes a game before this season has become so vital to San Antonio's attack.

"He's a pretty tough kid, and you have to be pretty tough to live with Gregg Popovich your first year in San Antonio and improve yourself. Pop goes after people to try to make them better. With Pop, he's been told, 'If you're open, shoot the ball. That gave him a little confidence. Then, after he hit a few game-winning shots, all of sudden Pop's confidence in him rises.

"Of course, you have to play defense in San Antonio, and Mason is a good on-the-ball defender and he's smart off the ball. He can get into passing lanes to get steals. He's a good athlete and he's strong. You can't really post him because he's strong enough. And he's better laterally than Manu Ginobili, a better athlete side to side. Ginobili is fine running the floor, but when he has to stay in front of people, he has a tendency to Ole! people if you drive at him.

"Mason was always a good player in Washington, but he was the fourth guard and never got to shoot. He was a great find for San Antonio."

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 2, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards need a defensive coach to shake things up and make progress. I don't know that Flip is that guy. Tom Thibodeau or Jeff Van Gundy are legitimate defense-first coaches. I have concerns, however, about a rookie head coach like Thibodeau coming in and having enough confidence to bench Gil, Caron and Antawn if they aren't getting it done on D.

Posted by: disgruntledfan | March 2, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

A defensive coach won't help much without defensive players with defensive mindsets. Saunders is great at offensive (supposedly the Wizards' strenght, but he also understands how to tailor a system to fit his talent, which is how he turned the Timberwolves, an undersized, non-athletic team team also lacking in great individual defenders (other than Garnett) into a solid defensive unit by using the zone.

Thibodeau is unproven as a head coach, and Van Gundy's idea of offense is to take the air out of the ball and try to score 90 while holding the opposition to 85. I can't see that working here. Besides, i doubt he'd have much interest in the Wizards job, partly because the personnel is such a poor fit for his preferred approach.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 2, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Tom Thibodeau -- defensive, stat-oriented, bright, good defensive adjustments. Question marks on the player motivation aspect: unknown.

David Blatt -- Euroball winner, every team he's ever coached. Good player relations, demanding, hard-working, earns respect. Videotape and stat addict. Excellent match-up adjustments and game plans. Runs a princeton hybrid system --PLUS-- great defense... (So no major adjustment on Offense).

Question marks: maybe prickly? Switches teams even after winning, likes player-personnel control. Less pregame prep time in NBA (not one game per week)so maybe a harder .

Dave Joerger-- The minor league version of Blatt. Tough to win in the minors, he's done it every league he coached in. Has DPOY every year he's coached, it's the system and the coaching. Similar 'prickly' control freak allegations (re: management) but his players seem to love him.

Other drawbacks and question marks: he's on the Memphis staff this year, is their defense any better?

Bill Laimbeer -- WNBA champion. Hardnosed defensive player. If he can get the girls to play defense...

John Thompson III -- Pops & GTown alumni as Big Man consultants? Princeton system so less adjustment. Plus defense.
Drawbacks, seems pretty happy where he is...

Rudy Tomjanovich.
Plus Hakeem as a consultant for JaVale and Blatche.
Plus Sam Cassell as an assistant loudmouth.
Plus Mario Elie teaching roleplayers.
Plus Robt Horry teaching clutch shooting, dirty play and defense to the longrange Bigs...

Posted by: doclinkin | March 2, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

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