Blogtable: Coach With Most Pressure?

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.

Of the coaches starting the season with a new team, who has the hardest gig?

Steve Aschburner: Any coach new to his team this season has his hands full. Mike Brown, with the heat of the L.A. spotlight, the expectations, the egos and the end of the triangle offense will earn every penny. Others are near the end of their contracts. But Monty Williams won 46 games with New Orleans last season. If Chris Paul stays put with David West gone and limited help arriving, he and the Hornets will be hard-pressed to get 19 (half the pace of last season, based on 66 games).

Fran Blinebury: Mike Brown. He’s following perhaps the greatest coach in NBA history by taking over the helm of an aging ship that just had a gaping hole blown in its hull with the loss of Lamar Odom in a city where anything less than a championship is considered a failure.  Good luck with that.

Scott Howard-Cooper: Mike Brown. Rick Adelman will have to do a lot of heavy lifting in Minnesota and Kevin McHale steps into Houston at a particularly challenging time, but try being the guy who can get his team to a conference final and be part of a failed mission. That’s life as coach of the Lakers.

Shaun Powell: We don’t know the final makeup of the Lakers just yet, so we’ll put an asterisk next to Mike Brown‘s name. And assuming Paul Silas doesn’t count in this, his first full season with the talent-starved Bobcats (he took over for Larry Brown during last season), the guess would be Lawrence Frank in Detroit. Yes, he does have new ownership, which will refreshingly allow Joe Dumars to do what’s necessary. But the Pistons are coming off a poor season, attendance is lacking and there are odd-fitting pieces on the roster. Frank may need to take a few blows to the chin this season until the cap opens up and a lottery pick arrives next summer.

John Schuhmann: Dwane Casey, who’s taking over the team that has ranked last defensively for two straight seasons. The Raptors are young, but none of their young guys looks to be a franchise cornerstone, at least until they bring Jonas Valanciunas over next year. Casey’s patience will be tested and hopefully, the team’s new owners give him ample time (he only got a season and a half in Minnesota) to turn that team around.


  1. dlakerfan says:

    As long that the Lakers will have a good a show in the playoff I wouldnt worry about Coach Brown. Lakers has a great management and somehow will pull up something better again and again as we witness that in the past but i could almost guarantee that it wont take them a long time to do so

  2. Joseph_03 says:

    Mike Brown. Anything less than a championship or a finals appearance is deemed a failure in Lakerland. Not to mention his detailed past of lack of offensive creativity. The Lakers are starved of a playmaker outside of Kobe, now that Odom is gone the problem is now glaring. Plus no real back up at either center of power forward and the lack of foot speed in the back court are only some of the Lakers problems.

    With this many problems its hard to imagine the lakers going beyond the first or second rounds. It’s sad to be a laker fan these season, unless the new Buss and Mitch Kupchack turn things around then this could be the beginning of the end of the Kobe era.

  3. Dreww says:

    I think the hardest season goes to…LA! Mike Brown has many problems and less confidence himself than expected

  4. If kb24 is back then there is not a problem in Los Angeles!!!

  5. Tertiary Character says:

    Again, as Fan mentioned, it’s a discussion about *new* coaches. And the answer here has to be Mike Brown.

  6. T.j. says:

    Again NBA.COM leaves out the small markets! Did you forget Tyrone Corbin? When you have a guy like Kobe on your team your job is never hard! Jerry Sloan is going to be the hardest shoes to fill! PERIOD

    • tom says:

      no he’s not because he doesn’t have anywhere near the talent that sloan had to work with. if that team flops this season it’s kind of unfair to blame the coach right away. meanwhile if the lakers flop it’s 100% the coach seeing as they made it to the finals 3 years in a row and even though they were swept at least it was by the champs.

  7. TT says:

    What about D’antoni?

  8. C.J. says:

    I can’t believe no one is saying Van Gundy. His one-trick pony offense has been defeating two years in a row in the playoffs, and he doesn’t have much more to offer to make things work in Orlando, with or without Howard. It’s a dead cause.