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Coach Wes Unseld Jr, thread. 

Post#1 » by doclinkin » Sat Aug 7, 2021 4:28 am

I figure we need a place for this outside of the coaching search thread.

Welcome home to Wes Unseld Jr.



One thing I like about his coaching philosophy is that he likes to find the strengths of each individual player, then maximize that on court. We have seen coaches before trying to mash a player into a role that does not fit. Why do that? They made it to the league due to their talents, not due to whatever you think they are supposed to be. Take what they do among the best in the world, among the top 450 players in the world, and let them do what they have to do to succeed.
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Post#2 » by doclinkin » Sat Aug 7, 2021 4:30 am

Footage of Wes waaay back in the day working with Tuff Juice, Caron Butler, one of my favorite Wizards ever.

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Post#3 » by dckingsfan » Sat Aug 7, 2021 8:22 pm

Man, I hope he lives up to this!!

To sum it up, Wes Unseld Jr. is an outstanding communicator, a relentless worker, and someone who has worked in many different situations and has a fine understanding of the modern game. Sounds like a pretty good choice, if you ask me. Especially for a franchise that will need to face the music at some point and undergo a transitionary phase (i.e. a rebuild).


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Re: Coach Wes Unseld Jr, thread. 

Post#6 » by keynote » Tue Aug 10, 2021 1:20 am

I had assumed that Wes would hire a former head coach to serve as a consigliere on the bench. So far, he's focused on assistants (although Mike Miller had a cup of coffee as interim HC in NY).
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Post#7 » by doclinkin » Tue Sep 7, 2021 3:23 pm

In my daydreams I occasionally picture Wes bringing back Hibachi as an assistant coach or consultant. Probably only the Son of Wes would have the gravitas and respect to be able to bring back the clown prince/East Coast Assassin. I like the various quotes though on the relationship between the two:

"The thing I liked about Wes is he's even-keeled. Never got too high, never got too low. Very good guy. Got along with all the players and that was unique at that time because in that locker room, some guys were vibing with the coaching staff and some guys weren't. Wes was the guy that got along with everybody no matter what," Haywood recalled.

"You've gotta be able to communicate and I think that's going to be a strongpoint for Wes. He's going to be able to talk to Bradley Beal, he's going to be able to talk to Russell Westbrook. This is a guy who had to talk to Gilbert Arenas and, you know, Gilbert could be nuts sometimes. He just understands how to communicate and Wes is never going to B.S. you. Players can smell that."

"The thing I liked about Wes is he's even-keeled. Never got too high, never got too low. Very good guy. Got along with all the players and that was unique at that time because in that locker room, some guys were vibing with the coaching staff and some guys weren't. Wes was the guy that got along with everybody no matter what," Haywood recalled.

"You've gotta be able to communicate and I think that's going to be a strongpoint for Wes. He's going to be able to talk to Bradley Beal, he's going to be able to talk to Russell Westbrook. This is a guy who had to talk to Gilbert Arenas and, you know, Gilbert could be nuts sometimes. He just understands how to communicate and Wes is never going to B.S. you. Players can smell that."

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Jared Jeffries too remembers a tenuous locker room in Washington that Unseld Jr. was especially adept at navigating.

"Whenever Gilbert would go to being Gilbert, it was really Wes, man. It was Wes who would kind of like 'Come on, Gil. Put this together, listen here.' I think he really embraced that role," Jeffries said.

"He was very, very close with Gil. He was close [with] everyone. Some of the frustrations that all players have, he was very good at talking guys off the ledge.


On the topic of basketball, Gilbert is still one of the more insightful and incisive minds among all former players. His No Chill with Gil youtube channel always brings insight and intelligence to the conversation. As a coach I think having made dumb mistakes he is one who can see nonsense coming and provide a living example of "don't do what I did". Sometimes you learn better from one who has been there. He's the first to point out his own flaws (zero commitment to defense, allowing young players to see his shenanigans but not his insane off-hours work ethic, etc).

Anyway, Agent Zero will always be my guy. Favorite Wizard. It would make me happy to see him allowed back in the building and treated well by the franchise. Hiring Wes made it a half notch more possible.
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Post#8 » by doclinkin » Wed Sep 8, 2021 1:48 am

Ha! To that point:



46:51 Gil gives the rundown on both Tommy and Wes. He clearly has love for Tommy, kept him in town and paid when he was on the team; and pays major respect to Wes.
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Post#9 » by badinage » Wed Sep 8, 2021 3:27 am

Gilbert, man. Just watching this clip reminds me how refreshing he is and was — how authentic, how funny, how warm, how lovable. *

If you’re reading this by any chance, Gil —

Know that there are those of us who LOVE you, and all that you were and are. All that you brought this franchise.

You remain my favorite player ever to put on the uniform.

And in this era? Sheeyit, you would’ve led the league in scoring every got dxmn year. No doubt about that. And scattered joy dust all over the arena every night.


* And classy. This team tried to run him out of the league, and all he does in this clip is praise Tommy and Wes and Ted. That takes a lot of courage and humility.
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Post#10 » by doclinkin » Wed Sep 8, 2021 5:32 am

Yes! They are keeping the Godfather, Dr Dean:

Unseld has kept Ryan Richmond and Dean Oliver as assistant coaches for next season.


That's a good thing. He and Wes will research the helloutta the game together.

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