From: Las Vegas
ORIGINAL: Bill Jandro
ORIGINAL: David Levine
I thought that McHale did a decent job coaching the Rockets. However, he could not get Harden to play enough defense. That issue seem to have been solved by an offensive coach, Who is Leon Rose, KAT's agent?
Yes Leon Rose is KAT's agent.
Not much coming out of the Wolves war room. Nearly all of it comes from other sources. Who are the Top candidates for POBO?
Depends. Are you talking about Glen's top candidates or the actual best NBA ones?
My guess is Glen has now been burned the 2 times he went outside of the Country Club (Kahn and Thibs), so he'll likely hire someone he knows.
As far as top candidates around the league:
Sam Hinkie (People mock the process, but few GMs understand the value of assets more than Sam. He built that franchise).
Mike Zarren, BOS (Considered the biggest rising star among future GMs. Going to be very hard to get him to leave his beloved Celtics)
Kirk Lacob, GSW (Dad owns the team - which makes things tough, but the GM spot is pretty locked up. Involved in the drafting of Klay and Dray, helped them get Durant)
Troy Weaver, OKC (Considered one of the best talent evaluators in the league)
Brian Wright, SAS (May still be too green)
Trajan Langdon, BKN (Really well respected as a scout for the Spurs, was Marks first hire in Brooklyn. Has been a big part of turning around a franchise barren of assets)
Hinkie built that franchise so well that he got fired for making a mockery of the game. Yes they are pretty good now. Nothing great though.
Sixers (for me) are the funnest team too watch last season.
All the ball movement and the pin point long passing by Simmons coupled with the skill of Ebiid in the post is a good watch unlike our Wolves.
Absolutely. Other than Boston, there isn't a team with a brighter future in the league. And they're perfectly positioned to peak when the Warriors and Rockets are on serious declines.
Some people think Hinkie's entire plan was tanking.
He was all about gathering assets because you need stars. The more assets you have, the better chance of finding one. Embiid's health was a huge gamble, but he was also, by far, the best prospect in that draft. Simmons' injury was post draft and bad luck.
He's a very good judge of talent. Simmons was easy, but Embiid took balls to draft. Noel actually looked like a great draft pick until he went mental after getting hurt. But its not just the top of the draft. He did a great job getting guys like Covington and Saric. He smartly traded away Michael Carter Williams at the very peak of his value (the sheer opposite of Wolves history).
Okafor was a miss, but he was the consensus pick at that spot and Hinkie was lauded for taking him. Even those of us that didn't like Okafor didn't see him out of the NBA so soon. I still had him around 10th in that draft.
He found a great coach that he allowed to struggle and grow with the team. He fostered a fantastic attitude throughout the organization.
If he was to come to Minnesota, he wouldn't be starting over like he did in Philly. We already have our centerpiece star. He just needs to build a better supporting team around him. From coaching to players.
Hinkie is a guy that wins trades, finds undervalued players around the league, actually uses the G-League as an asset and doesn't blow through draft picks and cap space willy nilly like every single GM we've ever had.
People need to stop just reading the headlines or listening to what national blowhards have to say. Its tougher to do your own research and come up with your own conclusions, but you're less likely to look like an idiot (or a sheep) if you do.