Mock Help Wanted Ad for Milwaukee Bucks' Open Head Coaching Position
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Do you have experience coaching basketball at a high level?
If so, we here at the Milwaukee Bucks might have an incredible opportunity for you!
Founded in 1968 as an expansion team, the Bucks are a franchise located in Milwaukee, Wis., and play our home games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. With one championship, two conference titles and 13 division titles to our name, we're a franchise with plenty of history.
In addition to team success, some of the NBA's greatest players have worn a Bucks uniform at one point in their careers, including the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, Dave Cowens, Tiny Archibald, Bob Lanier, Alex English, Moses Malone and Adrian Dantley.
After deciding not to retain the services of interim head coach Jim Boylan, we're seeking a candidate who can mesh well with our current roster and continue to improve on the success we had this past season in reaching the playoffs.
Duties and Responsibilities
- We plan on retaining the services of either Monta Ellis or Brandon Jennings. Both players have bold personalities and are highly opinionated players. In order to succeed in this position, it's essential that you, as a candidate, have excellent communication skills and are capable of dealing with one—and possibly both—of these unpredictable players. Keeping them motivated and focused on team basketball is of top priority.
- The successful candidate will also have a strong defensive mentality. We were successful on the offensive end this past season, scoring 98.9 points per game (No. 12 in the league), but we struggled on the defensive end. We finished the season allowing opponents to score 100.4 points per game. It's critical that you instill a strong defensive mindset with the team and improve our defense immediately.
- Larry Sanders emerged as one of the league's better defensive centers this season and we were pleasantly surprised by this occurrence. We believe that Sanders has all the makings of a star center, but he does need some work in several areas. As the head coach of the team, you'll be required to nurture Sanders and help him understand that he must control his temper on the floor. He tends to get too caught up in officiating and finds himself picking up technical fouls and being ejected far too often. In addition to managing his personality, it's imperative that you emphasize that his offensive game needs work. While he had some success, he's still very raw and could benefit from a visit to Hakeem Olajuwon's camp or working with another fundamentally sound big man.
- We had some issues between Boylan and Jennings toward the end of this last season, so whoever we hire as the next head coach will be involved in building a new roster. We want players who can get along with their coach and vice versa. That's why you'll be asked to work directly with general manager John Hammond throughout the draft and free-agent processes. It's important to us to allow our new hire to have plenty of say in the personnel he is comfortable dealing with.
- Despite making the playoffs, we had trouble bringing fans to the BMO Harris Bradley Center this season. In fact, we ranked 27th among all teams on the season in terms of attendance. The successful candidate will possess the personality necessary to create excitement and buzz throughout the organization and, more importantly, the city of Milwaukee. The ability to put a quality product on the court will be a large part of this area.
- Preference will be given to former NBA head coaches with a proven track record, but we encourage successful assistants and Division I college coaches with superb resumes to apply.
- Must possess the ability to effectively communicate with players who each have their own, distinct personalities and need to be handled differently.
- Needs to have a strong passion for defense and understand its importance in terms of winning basketball games. A history of success as a defensive "guru" is preferred, but not required.
- Brings a professional attitude to the workplace on a day-to-day basis. This means that a successful candidate will keep in-house matters behind closed doors, regardless of the circumstance.
- Must be strong-minded and assertive when communicating with the front office. We want a passionate coach who feels strongly about the team and each and every decision made regarding the organization. If you feel we need to be put in our place, tell us.
- Must possess the ability to stick with lineups and rotations within the first month of the season. Our rotation and the way minutes were divvied out last season was a mess.
- Understands the mood of the team and locker room, knowing when to be serious and when to have fun.
- Must have the unique ability of commanding respect through given authority while still being personable and getting along with players.
If you meet the requirements listed above, we would love to hear from you so that we can discuss how you'll help improve the Milwaukee Bucks franchise.
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