Steinmetz: Ex-W's coach not right for T'Wolves


Steinmetz: Ex-W's coach not right for T'Wolves

Sept. 12, 2011


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Matt Steinmetz

Rick Adelman is a darn good coach, and he's never really gotten as much credit as he deserves. He may not go down as one of the elite coaches in NBA history -- although he does have a 945-616 career record. But he's solid and someone who understands it's a players' league -- and coaches accordingly.He's succeeded in every one of his professional stops, except, of course, Golden State. He got two NBA Finals with the Portland Trail Blazers, had the Sacramento Kings knocking on the door for a few years and did fine most recently with the Houston Rockets.He's not right, though, for Minnesota, which is where he's reportedly heading.Adelman has never been the center of attention on any of the teams he's coached, and he's just as much a moderator and manager as a coach. Adelman is at his best coaching a veteran team or at least a team with experienced players who are self-motivated.He's got very little ego, which older players tend to respect, and it goes a long way toward them playing hard for him.
Don't see him as a good fit in Minnesota. The Timberwolves are too young to appreciate or benefit from someone like Adelman, who is more suited for a ready-made team that understands basketball schemes and knows what it takes to win in the NBA.Adelman's not really the kind of coach who will get a young team to overachieve -- and the reason I say that is because he's not huge on motivation and he's more of a system guy than a matchup or gimmicky guy.Don Nelson would probably be a better coach right now for the Timberwolves than Adelman -- if for no other reason than he could probably milk more wins out of Minnesota than most coaches.Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't hire Adelman or Nelson if I were in David Kahn's shoes, but of the two I'd prefer Nelson for this particular task. Now, it could be front office and organizational chaos after Year 1 -- and maybe sooner -- but Nelson could do some interesting things with that team.Adelman certainly is a safer choice than Nelson, and will no doubt foster a more calm and forthright environment around the team than Nelson would. Still, the Timberwolves are a ways away, and I'd lean toward a younger coach, someone who can grow a little with the team.It's not like Adelman or Nelson makes the Timberwolves a playoff contender. And neither of them is going to be around long enough to see something through.

The time Bob Myers questioned Mark Jackson's decision: 'I was wrong'


The time Bob Myers questioned Mark Jackson's decision: 'I was wrong'

Remember when Mark Jackson was the head coach of the Warriors?

During a recent conversation with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Warriors GM Bob Myers shared the following story:

"I made a mistake with Mark one time -- after a game we lost, I went up to him right after we lost and asked him -- I think Curry had been having a big game and he ran a play for Carl Landry to take a shot to win the game; and it was a good play and it was a good shot.

"And I went up to Mark and I went, 'Did you think about Curry?' And he looked at me, and you could tell he was kind of containing himself, and he said, 'It was a good play. It was a good play.' And I look at him and I thought, 'I will never do that again.' If I don't trust the decisions the coach makes, then he's not the right coach.

"The coach gets to decide, right? I learned that lesson with Mark that I was completely out of line in asking him. And I apologized, and I'll never forget that lesson that I learned for myself ... I was wrong. And I learned that. So you learn more from mistakes sometimes. I don't do the debriefing with my coach after the game. Win or lose."

The Warriors fired Jackson a couple days after dropping Game 7 to the Clippers in the opening round of the playoffs.

Myers was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2015 and 2017.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Mike Brown explains why Warriors players respect the young 76ers


Mike Brown explains why Warriors players respect the young 76ers

On Saturday night in Philadelphia, the 76ers led the Warriors by 24 points early in the third quarter.

With about five minutes left in the game, Golden State led the game 115-97.

It was an incredible turn of events.

On Monday morning, Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown was asked about the 76ers during a radio appearance on KNBR 680.

"They're gonna be good. Right now, they're just kind of finding their way," Brown said. "The thing that I think our guys really like most about that group is -- they don't back down from anybody. They're confident in their abilities, they're confident in their team and they kind of let you know it.

"They talk about it during the course of a game. Our most vocal guy, Draymond, is like that and usually when Draymond shows respect to guys, the rest of our team follows."

Said Steph Curry: "They're on the right path. Waiting on Markelle to get back, and put all the puzzle pieces together but I'm sure they're ready to turn the page from building to actually cementing their idenity and how they're gonna be. I'm pretty sure they're close. They play an exciting brand of basketball. In the first half they showed if you're not ready to play, they can come out and do some amazing things."

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Kevin Durant on Ben Simmons: "Something I've never seen before as really playing the point guard at that height and that speed and that strength. You can tell he's an Aussie, too, because he doesn't mind getting into some scuffles or showing his little fiesty side. That's gonna mean well for the Sixers down the line ... all the amazing pieces that they have here ... they're gonna be a load coming up this year, next year, year after that."

Also -- Joel Embiid is hilarious and the world is a better place because of him.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller