In the NBA, assistant coaches are like backup quarterbacks: They are beloved for the abilities they show in practice and praised for how well they support the man in front of them on the sideline. But like many backup quarterbacks, assistant coaches don't always live up to the hype.
Last year, Suns assistant coach
At least Iavaroni is getting a second season.
Two assistants who were all the rage this past offseason both hailed from Detroit. Former Pistons assistant
It won't be a walk in the park for either of them. Porter will be making radical philosophical changes to a team that looked to be on the decline last season, while Curry must figure out a way to manage a veteran team that seemed to tune out Saunders toward the end of last season.
With the potential for several head-coaching jobs to become available either during or after this season, the landscape is ripe for another "hot assistant" to emerge. Let's look at four who are likely to make everyone's list.
Perhaps the only thing holding Thibodeau back is a perceived lack of communication skills. His abrupt style is fine as an assistant but may work against him if he is elevated to the top job.
"He is a lot like
"First of all, Mike has a wonderful understanding of the game," Popovich said. "That's a requirement. He's really good relationship-wise, too. He's secure in his own skin and he's able to tell a player the truth whether the player wants to hear it or not."
"Elston, sooner or later, someone that knows what he does will give him an opportunity," Adelman said.
One of the things that may be hurting Corbin is his position on the Jazz bench as the
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