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I really like the coach we have in Scott Skiles. He is very results-orientated. He doesn't care who you are and what you mean to the team: if you screw up, you sit on the bench. There is no doubt he runs this team as he pleases or else.
But he isn't (always) stubborn to a fault. I didn't expect him to allow Brandon Jennings, as a rookie point guard, to play as many minutes last year or have the freedom to run the team at will on the court. But Skiles did. Credit Skiles with that. He saw the talent in Jennings and let him go to work. When Jennings had lapses on the defensive end or was getting too full of himself as a young player, Skiles benched him. Watch during free throws or timeouts, Skiles is constantly coaching Jennings. And as a former point guard, a great one at that, he can develop Jennings' skills to their fullest potential.
Skiles also is using Bogut as he should be. I love the passion and intensity that Skiles shows. If, as a player, you screw up, you are going to hear about it. But he also shows praise and appreciation when needed as well.
And I can't end without giving credit to John Hammond. GM of the year? That definitely would be well deserved. Most likely Miami will win that honor for the Big Three this year. I don't think anyone stands a chance. But what Hammond has done with this team is a complete turn around from what "Snake in the grass" did (and I use that term lovingly).