Many people may not think so, but coaches definitely play a vital role in a team's success. Players win games, coaches win championships.
I look at a coach like Phil Jackson, who had superstar players, but got them all to buy into his system. To think the Lakers and Bulls weren't going anywhere until he instilled his philosophies and techniques in his players.
I think of a coach like Larry Brown, who doesn't discriminate to coaching ANY team, and by the time he leaves they will be way better than when he got there.
That is of course excluding his one year with the Nnicks, which he did a terrible job. Granted he had to deal with Stephon Marbury, but he was getting paid more than enough, and knew what he was walking into. Therefore he has to accept partial responsibility.
There are plenty of mediocre coaches who manage to slide by, but there are a few lousy ones that really stand out to me. Sometimes it's their lousy play calling, lack of plays, lack of discipline, inability to connect or communicate with their players or just being flat out unprepared.
We see P.J. Carlesimo, who after Seton Hall coached some above-average Blazer teams, got choked by Latrell Sprewell in Golden State, and screwed up in. Oklahoma City.
What kind of idiot runs a 6'9" Kevin Durant at shooting guard?
As soon as Scott Brooks took over and moved him back to the three, the Thunder haven't been half bad. Plus, even though his teammates didn't defend Sprewell's actions, they understood and knew it was coming, since P.J. has a reputation for riding his players hard verbally, which isn't effective with every player.
That's what makes a good coach ... being able to differentiate what kind of motivation every individual player needs.
The current NBA has coached getting fired left and right. Here are my top four coaches in the league who are disorganized, disrespected, or just flat out clueless.
Oddly enough, many coaches are either seasoned vets, or rookie coaches, which made it difficult to come up with a fifth. I judge a good coach by them being able to adapt to the personnel they have. A good coach improves their team, regardless of how terrible they are. Here are my top four.