Saturday, August 12, 2006

Blazer vs. Blazer VII

This one's simple: Who's your head coach, Jack Ramsay, Rick Adelman, or (to throw a bone to those excited about the current team) Nate? Why?

Use any criteria you like to make your choice.

--Dave (


Anonymous fatty said...

dave this a slam dunk slick rick
nothing against dr.jack i love
him to death but in 10yrs granted
he lost the mountain man but he
did'nt stick around for the
maturity of clyde,tp,have mercy,
and duck + buck also he was not
to thrilled the blazers drafted
sabonis in 86,if he would've
gave it another try with the
core i just wrote he would've
won in 89,90,91,92 no lie
the greatest team never to win
an nba title,also 99-2002 why
is portland always at the
greatest to never get it done
category,as for my boy rick
greatest coach never to win a
ring look at his record fellas
scracth off the 2 warrior years
blazers-kings i love this man
period .....

7:17 AM  
Anonymous Toast said...

Right now? With all the young guys? Definitely Nate.

If we had a team full of Superstars and good citizens again? Rick.

7:28 AM  
Anonymous Dr. Dave said...

Three great coaches. Dr. Jack was blessed with the greatest center to play the game since Russell and the good fortune of picking up Lucas in the dispersal draft. The game was so different then.

Nate hasn't had a chance to really show his stuff in Portland but was successful in Seattle. The fact that he survived last season and still remained so popular says a lot.

Rick Adelman is my pick, though because he found a way to win through a variety of line-ups over the years. He was able to get the most out of what he had to work with (not that it was all white bread). Adaptable and flexible yet with good results, I guess is what I'm trying to say.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

From Noah:

I'm only 25, and therefore my knowledge of the great Jack Ramsay and his coaching legacy is somewhat limited. I had the opportunity to watch teams play under Adelman, but was far too young to analyze his coaching style. Watching the Kings play now, it is clear that he is a quality coach, however, he doesn't seem to have that killer instinct - the play that works to perfection right after a time out in crunch time - or the defensive scheme that shuts down an opponent's best player.

I was admittedly elated when I found out that Nate McMillan was recruited to coach the Portland Trail Blazers last summer. During the few Blazer games that I was fortunate enough to catch on television this past year, I watched the team play very well for stretches (what would appear to be what coach asked for, or they had practiced), followed by failed offensive sets, one on one attempts and missed jump shots (usually not wide open, but with the shot clock running down). I'm not sure that you can blame McMillan for that. My favorite thing about McMillan is his no nonsense style. The NBA has definitely changed in my lifetime. It went from a game of pride and hard-work, to slackers with fat checks and no motivation. Clearly that is a gross generalization, however, there are certainly a lot more Darius Miles' in this league than there used to be. Back to McMillan, I like the fact that the Front Office appears to be backing him, and building the team around his coaching style. That said, McMillan's only fault may be his best attribute - his no-nonsense style. These days, great basketball players are coddled and almost deified from a very young age. This treatment, depending on the mentality of the individual, can easily go to their head. A great athlete that grows to be bigger and stronger than his opposition at a freakishly young age can dominate a High School Game without too much effort and practice. It appears as though some of these individuals never have to work very hard at the High School and sometimes even the college level (I attended Syracuse in Carmelo Anthony's fabled year, and the word on the team was that he didn't have to practice like the other players). Nate will alienate these types. I personally don't have a problem with that, especially seeing that Management is now giving McMillan guys that will fit his system.......

For my vote: I give McMillan the nod over Adelman, and though I can't speak very knowledgably on that 77' team, and Dr. Ramsay, the one thing that I always hear about that team is that they played with all 5 guys. That is a concept that McMillan certainly represents. In two-three years, when Roy is averaging close to 20 / 5 and 5, and Aldridge starts to hit his hook shot with consistency that demands a double team, we will praise McMillan, even more than now, for the fluidity of his offense. When Webster becomes such a reliable outside shooter that Zach starts to see single coverage in the post, our team will come together. Jack is an impressive point guard. I said that when he was playing with Georgia Tech, and I say it again now. He is big, strong and tough ala Kidd/Billups/Payton in his prime, it is going to be exciting to watch him take the reigns. Until we can balance out the small forward position, I will continue to pray for Travis Outlaw. Thankfully, this is one of the easiest spots to fill in this league, in my opinion, and Shawn Marion's contract is up in 2008 (my far fetched wish of the day).

11:40 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

I agree with toast...

Nate is the perfect coach for this kind of young team.

If we had a team like we did in '00, then Rick hands down.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous TP43 said...

I'm gonna go against the grain and say Dr. Jack. He's got the soul of a teacher and the way he got those (some would say) lesser talented players to become part of a beautiful whole was absolute magic. I think he would be great for our young guys.

I love Nate, but he's admitted he prefers more veterans and as much as I loved Rick, bottom line he didn't quite get it done.

11:36 AM  
Blogger jojack said...

alright children, time to look back at classic 70's blazer footage. do you see Dr. Jack's plaid leasure suit? DO YOU SEE IT!!!!! on the strength of his super pimpin style alone (plus his 8 gazillion career victories, and a blazer ring) you gotta go with the doc...
how 'bout a little love for lenny wilkens? last of the player-coaches... bill simmons is calling for the return of the player coach, and i agree... thoughts?

7:17 PM  
Blogger Scott R said...

while it is probably a late vote and all have moved on i have to put my hat in the ring and go with Dr. Jack. He's the only coach with a jersey retired in his honor. check it out, the big #77 hanging in the rafters. He is an absolute basketball genius and really understands how to teach his knowledge to those he coached. And he brought us our ONLY ring with a far less talented team than the ones Adelman had in the early 90's. No knock on Rick, he's an outstanding coach-a hall of famer for sure in my book. all you have to do is look at his record to see that. He is just no Jack Ramsey.

The jury is still out on Nate. i like where he is going, but we are just scratching the surface of his talent as a coach at this point. Let's re-visit this question in 10 years to put him in the talk.

9:16 PM  
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