Phil had Jordan & Pippen..Shaq & Kobe..Brad dont
At least, until thereís some actual analysis comparing the two. Brad has never had a top-10 player. Phil had four top-50 players of all-time, including the GOTME. (Greatest Of The Modern Era).
I think that's the exact point of the the thread. Brad has proved he can elevate lesser players but hasn't proved he can win with talent.
If you believe Phil Jackson is going to the hall of fame bc he had great players there is some truth to that. But other coaches had the same players before him and they didn't win. Jackson's greatest strength was getting players to bury or focus their egos to win multiple championships. Stevens hasn't shown the ability to get great players to play together yet, like Jackson did.
It's not a panic thread. It's a discussion piece. To pass it off as a "hot take" or panic is ignoring the fact that something is not geling with this team. Maybe they figure out, maybe something implodes and change becomes necessary. Fact is it's Brads job to be like Jackson and make it gel. He hasn't done that yet, hope he can.
I wanna love this team but they are not very fun to watch right now. They don't seem like a team, more like individual players that are working on their own things; Tatum wants to be an iso machine; Hayward is trying to overcome his massive injury; Rozier is trying to make his paycheck; Brown doesn't know what he is and is hesitant and confused.
Brad hasnít proven he can win with talent? What type of talent? ATG Jordan-Pippen-Shaw-Kobe talent?
I guess last year didnít mean anything, getting within a half-quarter of the Finals.
And I guess only Pop, Kerr, Doc (lol), Carlisle, Spoelstra, and Lue (LOL) are credible coaches. The hacks that have the likes of Harden, Davis, Giannis, Embiid, Lillard, George, Westbrook, Oladipo, etc etc have all proven they canít win with top tier talent.
I do believe NBA coaches have the most impact on the game (baseball the least), but you canít expect a guy to win a championship in less than 5 years as an NBA coach while BEGINNING a rebuild. There is a difference between what Steve Kerr inherited and what Brad Stevens has. We see what Kerr has done with GSW, but would anyone choose Kerr over Stevens?
Mike Brown basically coached that team to a championship (of course that weasle mustered up the strength to return for the Finals after they ran the table out West, but I wonít get into that). Enough said.