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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Iavaroni Off The Market!

May 30, 2007 4:11pm ET
Report: Grizzlies Agree to Three-Year Deal With Iavaroni
Michael C. Lewis of the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE writes, "The Memphis Grizzlies, looking for a coach who can help the team work its way up from the bottom of the NBA, have set a "major announcement" for Thursday amid newspaper reports they are hiring Phoenix Suns assistant Marc Iavaroni." NBA.com


  • At 7:26 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Yeah, I just heard about it on SportsCenter on ESPN.

    MEM does have some talented players... Pau Gasol, Mike Miller, Rudy Gay, and the number 4 pick in the upcoming draft... but they play in the West, which is loaded. MEM must be offering Iavaroni a lot of money, so I guess he'll be happy there. That's too bad... he would have been an ideal coach for the Magic.

    I think the Magic will make a serious bid for Billy Donovan now, but I would be very surprised if he doesn't stay at UF.

    My next preference would be Stan Van Gundy, but if there are any other assistant coaches ready to make the move to head coach, I hope the Magic give them an interview. Again, please stay away from Bob Hill and PJ Carlesimo.

    I can't believe that Larry Brown is a possible candidate for the Magic. I think I would almost rather see Bryan Hill return than having Larry Brown coach us. Like Hill, Brown has no idea how to coach a young team, he's much more suited for a veteran team. Brown had success in college, but that was 20 some years ago, and he's 67-68 yrs old now.

    I'm sure we'll continue to hear some interesting names as candidates in the coming days, if the Magic can't lure Donovan.

  • At 7:40 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    I'm not gonna spend alot of time talking about what could've been so i'll wish coach iavaroni well in memphis and move on. To me he was a good candidate,but he wasnt the end all candidate. I was more interested in seeing if donovan has some interest in the job,and now that they've contacted his agent we'll see if he does in the coming days. All the recycled coaches stink in my opinion,stan van gundy didnt win anything,larry brown wont play darko (could we really do that to darko again,i think not),jeff van gundy is a bsh clone,bob hill and pj carlesimo arent upgrades either. The pacers ex coach rick carlyle might be the only recycled coach with a resume that has a 60 win season,you win 60 games you did something right,he's the only one i'd give an interview.

  • At 9:06 PM, Blogger Ben Q. Rock said…

    The problem with Carlisle is he won 60 games with the Pistons, and he's used to running offenses in the halfcourt. That's the reason he struggled in Indiana; he had a young, athletic team, but didn't know how to coach them because he was used to using a more regimented, grind-it-out system. Sound familiar?

  • At 11:39 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Ben your wrong,check the records carlisle won 60 games with the pacers,that year they had the best record in the east AND he turned jermaine oneal into an all-star. Carlisle had the pacers at the position to take over the east and de-throne the pistons as the top team in the east,then the brawl happened and the pacers are no more,remember the pacers were beating detroit by 20 points IN DETROIT when ben started the fight with artest because of the hard foul by artest,steven jackson and artest were allowed to run and shoot at will,the only time the ball was stopped was when they threw it into jermaine,but every team has to post up some,we have dwight for that,everybody else on their team had never ending motors,and carlisle didnt restrict them what so ever. The pacers beat us regularly so he's an up-grade over hill easy.

  • At 9:58 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    I'll also add that when watching jamal tinsley play the game you always see him in transition doing magical things with the ball which shows carlisle is a players coach and doesnt restrict his players,tinsley usually makes this around the back dribble thats kinda like a pass to himself but isnt while in transition,if a player had done that under bsh he would have been subbed quickly. It looks like assistants PJ Carlesimo and Terry Porter who work for the spurs and piston could get interviews,both are assistants for great teams,something had to rub off. Carlesimo has a bad rap because he got into it with sprewell but to me thats not an indicator of his coaching abilities,i'd like to see/hear what his basketball philosophies are then make a judgement. Porter is an interesting prospect,no baggage so i would like to see/hear what his philosophies are too.

  • At 5:21 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    With the stunning development of Billy Donovan being hired, all this speculation about what assistant coaches or former coaches who might be interviewed is now thankfully a moot point.

    The only other person I was excited about was Marc Iavaroni; but I really believe the Magic hired the right coach for this team in Donovan.


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