Wednesday, May 23, 2007

My Formal Nomination for Magic Head Coach

Why I think Larry Brown would be a great fit in Orlando:

* The Magic are a good team that has the potential to be great. They have the talent to make a serious push in the Eastern Conference next year. Okay, almost anyone can get to the Eastern Conference Finals nowadays. But how many teams have a nucleus of Dwight Howard, Darko Milicic, Jameer Nelson and Trevor Ariza? Exactly. The cupboard is far from bare in Orlando.
* With the aforementioned talent Brown can demonstrate how good a coach he is and erase some of the tarnish from the New York fiasco. Brown's too prideful to let that sour season be the final chapter in an amazing coaching career. Orlando's a great place for him to rebuild his legacy.
* Brown is primarily a defensive coach. The personnel (Howard, Ariza, Milicic, Dooling) has the potential to be terrorize teams with their length and quickness.
* Although Milicic rode the pine during his first stint with Brown in Detroit Larry is too savvy to let such promising players like Darko and J.J. Redick sit on the bench. Brian Hill was remarkably stubborn with his lineups. Larry won't be as ironclad with his rotations.
* His wife Shelly can hang out at Disney World. Seriously, we'll get her a season pass.
* Brown has a knack for developing guards (see Eric Snow, Allen Iverson and Chauncey Billups). Jameer Nelson got too obsessed with creating his own shot rather than involving his teammates last season. He has the potential to be a great point guard: he can shoot, post up and pass well. He just needs a coach that will push him. Larry's the guy.
* And finally, Brown is a coach with class. I'm not saying Hill wasn't a stand-up guy. In fact, from what I've read he's a pretty decent guy, just not a very good coach. But remember when Brown took a timeout during Reggie Miller's final game so everyone could bid farewell to a great player? That's the kind of man that'll win and win the right way.

Yes, Larry got a little stir crazy in Gotham but can you blame him? Anyone would get batty hanging around the Knicks. It was a full-blown franchise fiasco over there in 2006 due to:

* Steve Francis, the ultimate me-first player.
* Wacky Zeke, who would trade salsa, ketchup and a first-round pick for salt and then sign salt to a $30-million contract.
* Satan Dolan, mastermind of the dysfunctional Knickerbockers.

In addition to the Magic hiring Larry I'm assuming/hoping the organization will take care of some other matters:

* Resign Darko.
* Resign Jameer.
* Not waste spend a boatload of cash on Vince Carter.

Is it asking too much for one of the greatest coaches of all-time? Probably. Is it asking too much for Otis Smith not to make a ridiculous transaction this offseason? Probably.

Then again, the Trailblazers just won Greg Oden. Against the odds one can always hope.

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