John Hollinger’s Per Diem discussed the growth of Cleveland coach Mike Brown, this year’s Coach of the Year. This paragraph made me think of Pistons coach Michael Curry:
The reason I bring up Brown is to point out something a lot of fans don’t consider: Coaches can be a lot like players. They have strengths and weaknesses, develop tendencies and can improve from year to year. Sometimes, they have good years and bad years — a point driven home to me by living in Atlanta, where a single coach has been working for the past half decade.
Hollinger compares Brown to Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro. Sometimes, Del Negro seems clueless. But Brown did that in his early years, too. So, it’s not unreasonable Curry get a lot better.
But to be fair, for every Mike Brown, there are several first-time coaches who fail and don’t develop. And it’s a little disconcerting how much better Del Negro looks than Curry right now, especially considering their common early-season struggles.
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