- 06/23/2013, 10:26PM ET
PCH said 06/23, 10:26 PM
Free Agent, George Karl
Sorry, Spoelstra, you'd be like #5 out of the current NBA coaches.
Mrlns Fn said 06/24, 06:35 AM
1. Gregg Popovich
Best coach right now by a pretty wide margin, even if he did make a few questionable lineup moves at critical junctures of games 6/7 of the Finals.
2. Doc Rivers
Has proven he can lead a team to a championship and also seems to be pretty well respected and/or liked by his peers and a lot of players.
3. Tom Thibodeau
Fastest coach to 100 wins in NBA history and although his career is somewhat still in the early stages he has already established himself as a defensive mastermind and a winner. Thibodeau has proven himself as capable of overcoming seemingly devastating injuries to key players and coaxing maximum effort out of whatever remaining players he has left to work with. I don't think there's a team in the league that plays harder than Chicago and that is in large part a testimony to Tom Thibodeau.
PCH said 06/24, 03:05 PM
Tom Thibodeau>George Karl? lmao
Where were you when Sonic Boom, of Payton and Kemp, were trying to dethrone the Bulls?
Karl's coming off COACH OF THE YEAR, won it THIS YEAR.
Mrlns Fn said 06/24, 05:59 PM
Yeah, Karl won a coach of the year award. Thibodeau's won one, too. In 2011.
Funny you bring up the Sonics TRYING to dethrone the Bulls. Irs funny because the Sonics never actually accomplished that particular goal. Which leads me to my next point.
George Karl's teams ALWAYS disappoint in the playoffs. Did you know that Karl has a cumulative 80-125 playoff record? Pretty damn pathetic.
That's why Denver fired his ****. Despite the Nuggets' regular season success this year the Nuggets saw more of the same old, same old (playoff losses even when the team probably should've won) and knew you cant teach an old dog new tricks.
Karl has made a career out of winking in the regular season and getting knocked out of the playoffs much earlier than was expected. It's like his thing... it's just what he does.
Thibodeau has a playoff record of 16-18, which although not great at least doesn't show several decades worth of playoff futility. Especially when you remember the injury situations Chicago has had to deal with lately.
Face it, Karl is a tired old overmatched retreat and Tibs is the future.
PCH said 06/25, 05:18 AM
On May 8, 2013, Karl was awarded his first NBA Coach of the Year Award. The team won a franchise-record 57 games despite being the league's third-youngest team with an average age of 24.9 years, and without any player averaging over 16.7 points per game during the regular season ~wiki
He left the Nuggets with a 423-257 record, which was the second most wins in franchise history behind Doug Moe (432).
Thibodeau is a defensive guru, but he's had better teams of late, even with Rose out. Denver has some good players, but Karl turns scraps into gold.
Karl's been doing it a while, he's a great leader.
Mrlns Fn said 06/26, 12:44 AM
George Karl is Mike D'Antoni with the ability to win in the regular season.
Denver expected an early round playoff exit. And they got it, just like they knew they would. And that's why the fired Karl.
Karl has always finished short of the prize. It's what he does. He's made a career doing it and he's gonna finish his career somewhere doing it.
Having Karl as coach of your team is an acknowledgement that your team expects to be a rung below the NBA's elite. He's a nice coach but not a great coach. He can make your team exciting in the regular season but he's bound to forever be second best, at best.
There is no future with George Karl.
Thibodeau is by no means a guarantee this early on in his career. But there's no doubting his intensity and his intelligence, especially on the defensive end of the court. And defense can win championships in the NBA. Just ask the Spurs, Pistons, Celtics, even the Heat. Most championship winning teams are good if not great defensive teams.
George Karl has never been a good defensive coach. Ever.
Simply put, NBA teams have a greater chance at some day winning a championship with Tom Thibodeau as coach.
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