Putting Together an NBA Front Office and Coaching Staff with Current Players
Former NBA players are generally a good pool to choose from when looking for coaching or front office positions, and there's no shortage of active players who would likely fill those positions quite well.
Putting together a front office and coaching staff made up of active players was not an easy task; as I said before, the talent pool is deep.
Marc Jackson (Golden State Warriors), Kevin McHale (Houston Rockets) and Jacque Vaughn (Dallas Mavericks) are just a few former players that are currently coaching in the NBA. Patrick Ewing has been an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic, and is currently holding out for a head coaching position.
Larry Bird and Michael Jordan have held front office positions for the Indiana Pacers and Charlotte Bobcats, respectively.
Big names aren't always the answer, though. Experienced veterans with years of experience often make great options as well.
Team President: Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan is the ideal candidate to be a team's president after he retires.
Duncan has displayed great leadership qualities during his 15-year NBA career. He has shown loyalty by playing with one team—the San Antonio Spurs—for his whole career. He has shown a determination to win, evidenced by his four NBA Finals Championships. He is also a future Hall of Famer.
His greatest assets lie in his ability to lead and direct different people. He may be a center, but he is the leader of the Spurs' offense.
Duncan's intelligence and knowledge of the game make him the obvious choice for this position.
General Manager: Grant Hill
Grant Hill is a 17-year NBA veteran. He has gone from starter, to sixth man, to third or fourth off the bench.
While he is no longer the dynamic player that he once was, Hill's role as a bench player has helped him to see the opposite end of the spectrum.
As a starter, he has played with some of the most talented players in the league. Off the bench, he has played with some of the most respected role players.
This knowledge of personnel and roles helps Hill have a much deeper understanding of the game than most others do. As a team builder, said knowledge is invaluable.
That's why Hill would make a great general manager.
Head Coach: Steve Nash
Steve Nash's name has always been thrown around as a potential head coach after he calls it quits, so this isn't a very original pick here.
There's good reason behind this assumption from analysts and fans alike, though; Nash knows how to win and has the on-court smarts that not many others possess.
On the court, Nash has been known for his ability to turn mediocre players into efficient scorers and producers. While he won't have a direct effect on that as a head coach, his presence will help establish players.
It may be a few years before Nash retires, but don't expect there to be a very long wait before he is seen again on the court. This time, he'll be wearing a suit and tie.
Assistant: Derek Fisher
Derek Fisher is another guy that has a future as a head coach, but I have a feeling that he'll have to work through the system before he finds a gig.
As a player, he is one of the most respected individuals in the NBA. He works quietly, going about his business, while also representing the players in the NBA Player's Association.
Fisher is as clutch as they come in terms of late scoring. His knowledge of late-game situations would be invaluable to any coaching staff.
As a five-time NBA Champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, Fisher has seen his fair share of success. His intelligence and respect could lead to a few more championships in this league as an assistant.
Assistant: Shane Battier
Shane Battier, a starter for the majority of his career, has mostly been a complementary piece in each of his teams' starting five.
As an assistant, he'd be able to continue that trend. The head coach obviously has the most power when making decisions, but Battier could play a complementary role on the staff.
Battier is stand-up guy (similar to Fisher) and is respected by nearly everyone throughout the league. He's obviously intelligent—he spent four seasons at Duke University—and he's another guy that just understands the game of basketball.
With a few solid years left in him, it could be a while before we see Battier on the sidelines with a clipboard. When we finally do see him, however, it'll be a long time coming.
Assistant: Richard Hamilton
Richard Hamilton on a basketball court without a facemask may seem an unlikely occurrence to some people, but don't be surprised if he's an assistant coach at some point after he retires.
Hamilton is a quiet figure who plays big in big games. He is a genius at moving without the basketball, and his intangible skills make him a valuable asset to any team.
While it's hard to judge the intangibles of a coach, there's almost no doubt that Hamilton would be among the league's best in that regard.
He is a winner and is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure his team comes out on top.
Hamilton is still an effective player in the NBA. It could be some time before we see him without that facemask.
Trainer: Dwight Howard
There's literally not a single player in the NBA that can match the physical prowess of Dwight Howard—not one.
While LeBron James finishes a very close second, there's no doubt in my mind that Howard is the better athlete. The fact that he is so tall and still so athletic is mind-boggling.
This alone makes him a great candidate to be a head trainer in the NBA. Of course, he'll have to be educated in the art of physical training, but that's something he can look into after his relatively young NBA career is over.
He clearly knows what he's doing in the gym, and learning how to workout effectively from him would be beneficial to every young player in the league.