Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes to weigh in on the three most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.
Which NBA coach will be the first to go once the regular season ends? Care to weigh in on who should be the first to go?
Steve Aschburner: Detroit’s John Kuester, only because he works in the Eastern time zone and the Pistons might be asking him to clean out his office before his team leaves Philadelphia on April 13, whereas Golden State’s Keith Smart will be finishing up that night three hours later against Portland. Both of these fellows will get zapped because of ownership changes, on top of mostly miserable seasons. Who should get the gate? Sorry, can’t urge someone out of a job in this economy.
Fran Blinebury: Whether he’s been set up to fail by his veteran players or G.M. Joe Dumars or both, there seems little question that John Kuester has lost respect and control in Detroit. Once that happens, there’s no going back. The once-proud franchise has to get its ownership situation settled, turn the page and move on. Now.
Scott Howard-Cooper: This is clearly not going to end well for John Kuester in Detroit or Keith Smart in Golden State. But I don’t know who crosses the finish line first. That’s about internal schedules as much as anything – one general manager may choose to immediately end the uncertainty and deliver the news after the final game, another owner may prefer a few days of a post-season cooling-off period before sitting down with his personnel boss. Same difference, though.
Shaun Powell: No question, in Detroit, John Kuester will fall on his keister probably before the final buzzer sounds, beating Joe Dumars to the door. Although the quicker exit should be Paul Westphal, who hasn’t gotten anything out of Tyreke Evans all year, and the Kings are truly tear-ee-bull. Dishonorable mention: Flip Saunders.
John Schuhmann: The four obvious candidates are John Kuester, Kurt Rambis, Jay Triano and Paul Westphal. And it’s possible they could all be gone by the time the playoffs start. I wouldn’t want to say that any of those guys deserve to be fired, because none of them have been given a lot of talent to work with, and I’m not in those locker rooms or on those practice floors every day to see if they’re the problem or if they just have too many knuckleheads on those rosters.
Sekou Smith: This is easy pickings. Just glide down the standings and start plucking names out of the hat, John Kuester, Jay Triano, Keith Smart, etc. But if any coach has endured a more disastrous season, on and off the floor, than Kuester has in Detroit he needs to show his face now. No one else had their steam stage a shoot around boycott this season.