USA Basketball Hope To Hire Next Head Coach Before Start Of NBA Season

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USA Basketball Hope To Hire Next Head Coach Before Start Of NBA Season 

Post#1 » by RealGM Wiretap » Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:11 pm

Grant Hill hopes to hire a new head coach for USA Basketball before the start of the 21-22 season on October 19th.


Gregg Popovich spent five years as head coach, culminating in winning the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics.


A source told Marc J. Spears of the Undefeated that a current NBA coach with previous USA Basketball would likely be hired.


Steve Kerr, Doc Rivers, Nate McMillan, Monty Williams, Tom Thibodeau, Erik Spoelstra and Lloyd Pierce all fit that description. Jeff Van Gundy is another potential candidate as a former NBA coach with previous USA Basketball experience. 


Hill was asked what he's looking for in a head coach. 


“Someone who understands and has a healthy respect for the international game," said Hill. The dynamics are a bit different in that environment than they are in the NBA regular season. You’re going to be dealing with some tough love of players, and being able to mentor them. That’ll check the boxes, if you will.


“Someone who can manage a locker room, who understands the international play, obviously can coach, and understands this isn’t over. Spending the last year just really studying the international game, it’s different. It’s a different game than our game, and understanding that and respecting that is vitally important and not just for the staff but for the players as well.”

Via Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

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Re: USA Basketball Hope To Hire Next Head Coach Before Start Of NBA Season 

Post#2 » by LAKESHOW » Fri Sep 17, 2021 1:06 am

Hats off to Pop. Mission Accomplished
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Re: USA Basketball Hope To Hire Next Head Coach Before Start Of NBA Season 

Post#3 » by mastermixer » Fri Sep 17, 2021 5:01 am

Monty seems like a good fit
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Re: USA Basketball Hope To Hire Next Head Coach Before Start Of NBA Season 

Post#4 » by njknicks » Fri Sep 17, 2021 6:35 am

All of the coaches in the article are deserving - the list is superb.

However, JVG would be best fit -- for a few reasons

1) JVG coached the US Mens team in the FIBA America Cup in 2017 to Gold ( has the experience )

2) All of the other coaches are exclusively coaching in the NBA -- the nuances of the FIBA are completely different than the NBA. They have developed strong NBA cultures / styles on their team -- not FIBA culture / style.

3) You need a coach that can focus purely on the international game

4 ) Coaching fatigue - whether we admit it or not, NBA coaching is extremely stressful -- to burden say Coach Spoelstra / Kerr with the weight of Olympic / International coaching commitments for the next half decade would be have some type of impact ( negative / positive ) on their ability coach consistently all-year round. This would not apply to JVG as he is now fully transitioned into Broadcasting / International Coaching.

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