Old School VS New School
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  1. Travis
    Posts: 56

    Posted 05/13/2009 2:15 AM

    No I am not starting the age old who would could beat who debate. I am just wondering were the collective group of basket ball minds stands on the player VS coach issue. Example Dwight Howard an upstanding franchise player calling out Van Gundy on his coaching to the press. The title is what it is because old school usually puts coaches on a pedestal. We can discuss old players VS new but we have done that before and I think most agreed to disagree ha-ha. I personally like anyone questioning coaches so I can see there responses. I see coaches all the time do thing and I would love to know why. I know these things kind of haft to be handled case by case but I think Dwight had a right to ask. To clarify not questioning his approach or format because these things should never be handled publicly but I like it because I actually get to see it play out. To take this a step further what if Roy and Nate butted heads and it came down to it who do the Blazers side with(not saying it ever happens).I personally think Roy because great players are harder to come by than good coaches. So in a who goes situation who do you choose for your future Blazers and why?
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
    Tobyus Sanchezo
    Posts: 1669

    Posted 05/27/2009 2:22 PM

    I liked the old Nuggets uniform way better then their new stuff.
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
    Tobyus Sanchezo
    Posts: 1669

    Posted 05/27/2009 2:40 PM

    But that's just how Van Gundy's and Dwight's relationship works. They just get stuff of their chest, right to the media sometimes, so there's no rumors. It is what it is. Van Gundy's coaching style is innovative and relaxed. It''s not his team, it's his players team. He's one of the only coaches that doesn't hide the fact, when his guys play terrible. Van Gundy knows that the Magic have very good players. He doesn't try to coach them, he just let's them play and trusts them. It's the kind of coaching the NBA needs more of. Basic basketball first, allowing natural athleticism do the rest. So when you see Howard and Van Gundy trade shots with the media, it's just cause they have that good of a relationship.
    Now Carmello Anthony, refusing to sit on the bench. That's a bad sign. But hey, the Nugs are goin' toe 2 toe with the evil Lakers, so I can't say anything bad about George Karl right now.
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. RipCityRevival
    Posts: 684

    Posted 05/27/2009 6:46 PM

    I agree about Karl. I think their team is a group of wannabe thugz, but I like Karl. As far as Van Gundy goes, I would not be surprised to see him gone next season. I think that come this offseason when they do their end of the year interviews they will say, "we could have gone further with a different coach." Whether we think they are right or not, that is what will be said and in the case of the Magic, you side with Howard unfortunately because ultimately this is a business and Howard is a money maker. A HUGE moneymaker. Is it morally right, is it the right message to send, absolutely not, but financially you have to in their case. That is why character is SOOOOOO important when building a franchise now. I think that is what could make Portland a dynasty in the near future. They don't appear to have the egos that other teams in the league have, atleast not in their core. I don't think that Howard and Van Gundy have a good relationship at all, I think it is actually more volatile than we even believe. Those are stress relieving tactics, releasing steam, so something really big doesn't happen. I think he doesn't coach them because he isn't that great of a coach. I could be wrong, but he hasn't done anything as a COACH to tell me otherwise. Do what Nate has done with this young team, or do what Sloan has done with sustaining success, win some championships as a coach and then we can talk. But to be the "coach" of a successful team without really doing much coaching just tells me he was a lucky dude in with some pull in the right places and very talented group of guys.
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