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At 02:57 PM 3/17/2004, gene kirkpatrick wrote:
Guys. It's been too close to us for us to see it. John Thompson should
be our coach. It hit me while driving home a minute ago. He's about 62,
I'm guessing, and still in touch with coaching, he has a Celtic heritage,
he can handle big men, he can intimidate anyone, he can coach--he's our man!
Now, I admit that I didn't like his Georgetown teams; they fouled on every
play knowing that the refs wouldn't call all of them. They were
essentially bullies on the court, but that doesn't mean he can't
coach. He has my vote. Cheers, Gene
Not going to happen as he doesn't fit Ainge's vision, Gene. We lost the
last collge player only Olympics because of his coaching style, and even
more importantly, his player selection based too heavily on defense and
interchangeable parts, without enough offense (actually damned close to
without ANY offense). I know he wouldn't be selecting the players, but he'd
be deciding who played and how. As to his handling big men, yes and no.
Forgotten all the talk about how much Patrick Ewing expanded as a player,
particularly on the offensive end, once he got away from Thompson and his
heavily structured my way or highway system? Not quite in the the only one
who could stop MJ from scoring was Dean Smith category, but not exactly
miles away either.