payitforward wrote:You know what would be fun? If we went back to take a look at the thread from 5 years ago when so many people here were excited by the possibility of hiring Brooks.
Tell me, all you who were excited that Scott Brooks would be our coach, all you who were convinced of the value he would add... what have you learned from the fact that you were wrong about Scott Brooks?
What have I learned? I didn't think he would be terrible. I didn't know what he would be. I certainly didn't think he would suddenly make the Wizards a better team.
I didn't vote in this poll. Only 5 people have voted in it. Maybe that's a good thing? Maybe it means we don't really think there's a coach candidate out there who is likely to make this team "good." Though it's hard to imagine one who would make it any worse!
I just put the poll together a couple hours ago, PIF.
And I hated that Brooks got hired without the organization even interviewing anyone else. Remember, Randy Wittman was let go and Brooks was hired within like 48 hours with that ridiculous 5 year $35M contract. All because Grunfeld knew Brooks from their time in the 1990s with the Knicks.
Yeah, I'd have to look at the thread, but my memory is that most were no more excited by that hiring than they were about the Saunders hiring. It may have been market price for a big name but people generally thought it was still a huge overpay and too long commitment for a guy who rode undeniable talent to a good record, but didn't appear to be add much to it. His reputation for being good in developing young players seems to have resulted from three alpha players who were going to be good regardless.
Get rid of Brooks, get rid of Sheppard, you still got Terd, overpaying, making too long a commitment, refusing to makes major changes, refusing to second guess, refusing to do or say anything which could be interpreted as an admission of failure. As long as it makes money, nothing is forcing his hand, so he'll continue to be guided by misplaced pride in himself, rather than pride in his team.
"I made all the right moves, but the team somehow failed, so I'll just have to keep making all the right moves, checking the condiments and urinal cakes, hiring the best talent in the business, and...championship! That's why we fight."