All right fellows, two questions regarding Steve Kerr and one bonus question also related to the coaching carousel.
1) What's your general take on the Steve Kerr hiring?
The Dubs hope for the same kind of commentator-to-coach success they saw with Mark Jackson, only without the paranoia and diva behavior. There are reasons to believe Kerr can succeed despite his lack of experience. First, Kerr has front office experience, so he should be able to communicate on that level. Second, he is widely known to be a nice guy. Third, he spent nearly his entire career playing for Phil Jackson and Greg Popovich and is reputed to have been a good pupil. Lastly, he's a shooter going to coach a team of shooters, so he should be able to communicate on that level as well.
Under normal circumstances, that price tag for a guy who has never coached before would be insane. Maybe it still is, I believe this could be a very good fit for both Kerr and the team.
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2) Does this give the Grizzlies a better chance at improving their record & results in 2014-15?
3) Where will former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins land?
I think Lionel's most likely route back to the head coaching ranks is to be an assistant somewhere so he can show that he can work with people again. He seems to be too proud for that though, and I can understand that mindset - he won a lot of games and had the community's respect. It would be incredibly difficult to take a step down after that. If he doesn't, though, I have a hard time seeing him back in the NBA anytime soon.
That leaves the Jazz, Cavaliers and Timberwolves. Utah seems interested in John Stockton to start, but bringing in Lionel to that situation with a young core who could be molded could be a goof fit. Same thing for Cleveland and Minnesota; if Lionel did so well with Mike Conley, perhaps he could help Kyrie Irving, Trey Burke and Ricky Rubio get to the next level. All three teams have youth and athleticism, but development will be key. Is Hollins the best bet in those spots? Remains to be seen.
I do think if Lionel is unemployed through this ride on the coaching carousel he may be done in the NBA. Never say never of course, but anytime you are that outwardly disrespectful toward your employer you run the risk of damaging yourself beyond repair in the eyes of future bosses.