Mike Bianchi just brought the Sentinel to a new low...
The caller on the sports talk radio show called Brian Hill "the worst coach in the NBA" Monday and said Hill must go.
The e-mailer writes that Brian Hill "must be replaced" if the Magic are to progress as a franchise.
Even Magic President Bob Vander Weide, when asked following the season-ending playoff loss to the Detroit Pistons if Hill would return as coach, gave a resoundingly vague vote of non-confidence.
Answered Vander Weide without really answering: "Let me just say I'm satisfied with where we are right now."
And let me just say: ARE YOU PEOPLE OUT OF YOUR MINDS?
Fire Brian Hill?
The Magic ought to be begging Brian Hill to come back next season and coach this mediocre team back into the playoffs.
Please, Coach Hill, come back and we promise we'll get you a shooting guard who's had less than five surgeries on his ankle.
We promise we'll get you a point guard who is taller than Danny DeVito.
We promise we'll draft a player who actually wants to play on this continent.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not convinced Brian Hill is a great NBA coach. I can question his substitution policy with the best of them, but this talk about firing him after only two years is pure insanity. Why would you fire him for getting the most out of the team he inherited? You heard me: He got all he could out of a young, fundamentally flawed roster. He coached a mediocre team to a mediocre record and somehow got the Magic into the playoffs for the first time in four years.
The Magic don't need better coaching; they need better players. They have one starter (Dwight Howard) who could start for the Pistons. And let's not forget two of their promising young building blocks -- Darko Milicic and Trevor Ariza -- were buried on the bench of their former teams and then jettisoned. These are works in progress, not elite-level players.
And is it the coach's fault his players can't make free throws? Hello, isn't this the NBA? By the time you get to this level, shouldn't you have already mastered this rudimentary skill?
The game's greatest coaches would be .500 with this roster. In fact, the greatest coaches in the game have fared no better than Brian Hill this year. Pat Riley has already been blown out of the playoffs and Phil Jackson is on the verge of being eliminated, too. And in case you haven't noticed, Jackson has the greatest player in the game -- Kobe Bryant -- and still can't get past the first round.
Besides, can you imagine the message of mismanagement it would send if the Magic fired Brian Hill -- again! Didn't the Magic bring back Hill because they felt guilty about prematurely firing him a decade ago? How would it look if they prematurely fired the same coach twice? They would not only be portrayed as inept, but heartlessly inept at that.
Furthermore, haven't the Magic changed coaches and GMs enough over the past three years? Isn't it time to have a plan -- and stick to it? Change is not always a good thing. Ask the Minnesota Timberwolves, who fired Flip Saunders three years ago because all he could do was take the team to the playoffs in eight of his nine seasons. They haven't been back to the postseason since they fired him.
Brian Hill got the Magic to the playoffs this season. That's at least a baby step in the right direction.
Don't give him the boot.
Give him a raise.
Give him some time.
Most of all, give him some players.