Dat2U wrote:...Does it not concern you that Brooks hasn't been summarily dismissed and the two stars want him back?
It does concern me some that a decision on Brooks hasn’t been announced. Boston quickly made announcements on Ainge and Stevens...and Portland moved on from Stotts in less than 48 hrs.
However, it did take the Hornets a couple of weeks to part ways with Clifford.
I’d expect/hope to hear something regarding Scottie’s fate in the next 2-3 days.
I’m not convinced that both stars want Brooks back. Russ definitely does but Beal seems more flexible.
It doesn't concern me that Brooks hasn't been fired yet. Though I would like to see him fired.
I don't see the relevance of the situation in Boston -- I imagine that plan which has been in place for some months. As to Portland, hasn't it been known for a while that Stotts had to take the team deep into the playoffs to keep his job? I thought so.
As to this...
doclinkin wrote:I think it may be a sign that the Wiz want to make a run for Masai before they recruit a coach. Or make a decision one way or the other. Ted will recall we hired Eddie "F" Jordan before Grunfeld moved in, and the front office and coach were somewhat at odds on personnel his whole tenure. Likewise here with Tommy and Brooks....
If there's any thought whatever of replacing Tommy, then for sure we wouldn't have hired a coach!
doclinkin wrote:...I think there may have been, if not a wink wink deal, but at least a long term plan to give Masai the top spot when they brought him in the last time. I expect he indicated interest, but said he would like to play out his contract in Toronto and honor his commitments. To which I imagine Ted said, okay, but we are structuring things in such a way that there is room for you to step right in if you choose when your contract term is up. Come back and talk....
...has the slight problem that there was no "last time." They never "brought him in." Hence, he could not "Come back and talk," & the rest of what you "imagine Ted said," is just that, doc, something you imagine -- i.e. imaginary.
Ujiri was under contract to Toronto in 2019. Toronto did not let him go out & interview for a bunch of other jobs!
Moreover, I believe most of the speculation about Ujiri coming to Washington was in May. Toronto went on to win the NBA Championship a month later.
Now, I don't suppose Masai Ujiri will stay in Toronto several more decades. It seems more likely that he'll have other jobs. & to be sure, we'd all like Masai Ujiri to run the Wizards. Also, the fans of most other teams would like Ujiri to run their teams. That's as far as it goes.
doclinkin wrote:...Seems to me there is a reason the Wiz front office has the "Vice President of snacks and beverages" "Vice President of Basketball Memorabilia" "Vice President of knee socks and athletic tape..." and no President of anything. And they bumped the interim guy up to GM. Though I think it possible we retain Tommy after recruiting for a President of Basketball Operations, from my understanding he had a good relationship with people in Denver's front office when Masai was there. I expect they want to offer the job with the full freedom to build his own staff. Head coach is any Basketball exec's key signing.
...makes perfect sense. Ted must be holding that job open, because he'd like to fill it with someone new to the organization -- or so it seems. Wch is logical. But, this has nothing specifically to do with Masai Ujiri.
OTOH, it's certainly possible Ted won't proceed on a new coach, because first he wants to make a decision about whether he's retaining Tommy Sheppard. Or maybe promoting Tommy to that empty Presidency. Or maybe he'll fire Tommy.
OTOH, the team finished the season 17-6. The team made the playoffs after starting 17-32. Tommy made an unquestionably terrific move at the deadline -- a move which, w/o question, was what made possible the great finish & brief playoff appearance.
Of course, Ted could fire Tommy, or hire someone else above Tommy (i.e. not Ujiri), b/c we lost to the Sixers in 5 games. It doesn't seem likely, but it could happen. Yet, Tommy's language & attitude at the post-season presser was of a person firmly in charge. & Ted does seem to give his executives some rope.
Let's just hope that doesn't mean we'll see Scott Brooks back next year. Unfortunately, that might be more likely than the arrival of Masai Ujiri.
Remember -- if you don't like the post above: blame Doc not me.