While fans obsess over unproven collegiate and international prospects ahead of this year’s draft (GUILTY), one thing to keep in mind is that just as important is the choice of head coach. Nothing has made that more clear than the past three seasons of uninspired coaching in Detroit. The clearly overmatched Michael Curry who didn’t have the Xs and Os technique nor the leadership skills to navigate the Allen Iverson, Richard Hamilton debacle, and the unfortunately hamstrung John Kuester who couldn’t will a mistmatched roster to victories and didn’t have the communication chops to navigate the varied interests among proud veterans, big-money free agents and young building blocks.
But when you look at the NBA landscape, the available coaching ranks have been pretty paltry. Until now. It was announced that Rick Adelman has been let go following four mostly disappointing years in Houston. Known as an offensive guru and someone players respect, he could be the kind of splash that helps turn the Pistons around.
He came to the Rockets amid the hype of future championships, but injuries to his two big stars, Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming, robbed him of the opportunity year after year. The only worry is that if leaving Houston was truly a mutual parting of ways, it indicates he might not be interested in a true rebuilding project that Detroit obviously is. Houston is also trying to remake itself, but it is obviously much farther along in the process.
Once the fate of John Kuester is finally decided, I will take a more in-depth look at available coaching candidates, but for now I just wanted to put Adelman’s name out there. If Tom Gores wanted to bring a tried-and-true coach, and make a big splash as a new owner, Adelman would be one way to do it.