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Friday, May 04, 2007

Whit Watson on Hill

Whit Watson, for whom this writer reserves a considerable deference, has posted an article about Hill on his blog, the link to which you will find below:


Whit has taken a smart angle to the issue advocating, as there are probably a lot that we don't know, it would be hard to judge Hill's performance. I have posted my comments on Whit's blog as quoted below:

"Whit:Like all your articles, this one is full of insight, and yet disappointing at parts. Like "...we have officially moved from internet venom to news story."? It should not have been an Internet (with upper case I, please) venom (and why venom?) if the news media were not so biased. It has been documented repeatedly on these venomous! Internet forums where Hill's shortfalls have been based on what we know, and have witnessed on the courts. Why would it matter that there are things that we don't know? Can we make a judgment based on what we know? We do it all the time. We pass judgment on foreign wars without being privy to the details of what is not available to the public, and without having a full understanding of the regions of conflict. Don’t we? Is knowledge and attention to details enough to make a good coach? Remember the movie Amadeus where the maestro was so envious of this small giggly composer who had every thing in his head? You have mentioned correctly that sometimes, feel, instinct and intuition are what is required, and I may add, what separates below average or average from above-average and great. Why is Brian Hill ranked last amongst the coaches of 16 teams which made to the play-offs? Is it bogus that Brian Hill's book is so predictable that all coaches will adapt when playing against Magic? Is it false that Hill is so inflexible in adjusting during games, or from games to games in series, and that is why his coached teams have been swept so many times? Is it a myth that his coaching record, other than the Shaq/Penny era, is horrendous? Isn’t it a fact that his communications skills is so limited that he has a hard time to establish productive dialogue with players in order to guide and inspire them effectively? Isn’t it a fact that Magic failed to prepare appropriately against inferior teams, thus losing when they shouldn’t?

I can go on and on but I will finish with one note. Public is not always right as they may not always be properly informed – exactly the point of your article – but a high majority - I would say in high 80% based on comments on Orlando Sentinel’s blog – cannot be wrong.

Thank you for your everlasting walk on the lines of honesty and intellect which this posting of yours also remains on the same lines."

I encourage you to read the post since like all Whit's posts it shows intellect and insight while taking a tough angle to the matter on hand. I also encourage you to post your comments on his blog, as well.


  • At 3:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    just to note that dwight howard's contract extension may be playing a large part in the magic' decision-making re: brian hill.


    thank goodness he's stepping up for the good of the team!

  • At 8:28 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Anybody watching tonight's nba shootaround on espn before the game,i was and espn's chris broussard reported that sources tell him quote "it's almost certain that brian hill wont be back". Then went on to say that the reason's we're "lack of flexibility,and not playing lottery pick jj redick". He also said that the magic we're trying to down play a rift between hill and dwight howard,now i dont know if thats true,but boy things are heating up.

  • At 9:44 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    I won't be surprised about the rift. It probably started with not hiring his favorite coach, Clifford Ray, that even his father pleaded for.

  • At 1:05 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Billy Donovan anyone?

  • At 2:29 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    I have mixed feelings about Billy Donovan or any college level coach for that matter. I would rather take a more established coach in NBA

  • At 8:08 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    That's true. Look at how rough it was in the pros for college coaches like Rick Pitino and John Calipari.

  • At 9:39 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Agreed. He'd be foolish anyway to leave florida with what he has built there.

  • At 10:45 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Yeah, I don't know that there has been any successful college to NBA coaches.

    The only one I can think of off the top of my head is Larry Brown; but he coached college back in the 70's and 80's.

    I think I'd prefer someone on the NBA level. We've already mentioned Carlisle. I've also read that Stan Van Gundy wants to get back into coaching. I wish there was a way we could start prepping Daryl Armstrong as an assistant coach, but I think he wants to play another year or two.

    I'm hoping the Magic have something up their sleeve. Something other than talkin to Brian Hill, telling him the problems they have with how he runs things, and giving him another chance.

    In the end, I obviously care who the next coach is, but I'm more concerned that he isn't the coach, rather than who is replacing him; because I honestly think anybody is better than him.

  • At 5:00 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Yeah, I think the Magic are foolish if they think they can get Brian Hill to change his coaching style and philosophy.

    Knowing how stubborn Brian Hill is, he's always going to want thimgs done his way, even if it's not the best thing for the team.

    By the way, did I really say Bulls over Pistons in 6 games? Do I look like an idiot now? The Magic were much more competitive against DET than the Bulls have been so far.

    I haven't completely given up on the Bulls winning this series, but unless they can seriously elevate their play to the level of the Pistons, the Bulls don't stand a chance.

    You can bet changes will be made in the Bulls lineup and rotation before Game 3. At least Skiles can see when certain things aren't working and he can make adjustments.

  • At 10:05 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Please take the time to post on Whit's blog. He is a smart writer who has done an honest appraisal of what he believes is Brian Hill's worth as a coach. He also points out that there is a lot that we don't know. The question is would that be enough to prevent us from making a judgement based on what we know?


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