Whit Watson on Hill
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.