Top candidates to replace Jason Kidd as head coach for Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks have parted methods with head coach Jason Kidd. Many have already began linking former Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale to the gig.
Assistant coach Joe Prunty will take over the interim job in Milwaukee. But there are a lot of different viable choices for the Bucks moreover Fizdale who might take over as the long-term chief of the franchise.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski described the emptiness as the one probably to turn out to be “essentially the most sought-after” due to the distinctive alternative of working with rising famous person Giannis Antetokounmpo.
David Fizdale, Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach (2016-17)
Fizdale is probably going thought of the early favourite to take over as head coach of the Bucks.
When he was fired by the Grizzlies earlier this season, high gamers across the league who’ve labored with Fizdale like LeBron James have been fast to help the coach. While he was just lately linked to the Los Angeles Lakers gig, there will not be greater than smoke to that rumor.
Fizdale had been an assistant coach since 2003 earlier than he was employed to take over in Memphis. His departure was actually unusual and it was due largely to a dispute with his star participant Marc Gasol.
He could be a home-run rent for Milwaukee and is the obvious candidate obtainable.
Jerry Stackhouse, Raptors 905 Head Coach (G-League)
Several executives reportedly imagine “he’ll be on the interview circuit before long” and can finally turn out to be an NBA head coach. Stackhouse has stated that any such job has been a long-time objective.
Two-time All-Star Elton Brand spoke about Stackhouse and his future within the league (through Raptors Republic):
“I expect Jerry Stackhouse to get a professional coaching job or a top head coach college job if he wants it very soon. His players respect him, he knows how to win. I know executives are aware of him and they’re taking note.”
He performed for the Bucks in 2010 and was thought of a “fan favourite” on the time. Stackhouse additionally acquired “severe consideration” to turn out to be an assistant coach in Milwaukee again in 2014. He was as an alternative employed by the Toronto Raptors.
Last season, Stackhouse was named the 2016-17 D-League Coach of the Year.
Monty Williams, San Antonio Spurs VP of Basketball
Williams has earlier expertise as a head coach for New Orleans from 2010 till 2015.
He was additionally the affiliate head coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2016, who took the Warriors to Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals throughout an unimaginable sequence.
While he was provided an opportunity to turn out to be one of many highest-paid faculty coaches in March 2017, he declined as a result of he most well-liked a “immediate” return to the NBA.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski referred to as Williams an “elite candidate” for any emptiness.
Darvin Ham, Atlanta Hawks Lead Assistant Coach
Ham performed for the Bucks from 1999 till 2002 and has been an assistant coach within the NBA since 2011. Kevin Arnovitz just lately wrote about his improvement as a coach (through ESPN):
“He loved a nine-year profession within the NBA, and colleagues say he has a coach’s instinct. When Quin Snyder moved from the Lakers to Atlanta in 2012, he urged Ham, who additionally sat on Mike Brown‘s bench, to seize the chance to declare extra duty in Atlanta. An assistant on [Mike] Budenholzer‘s employees, which is rapidly sprouting its personal teaching tree, performs a full rotation of duties.”
The teaching tree in Atlanta contains aforementioned Utah’s Quin Snyder as properly as Brooklyn’s Kenny Atkinson.
Adrian Griffin, Oklahoma City Thunder Assistant
Griffin is somebody whose identify retains popping up as a candidate to turn out to be a head coach (through Sporting News):
“Following practically a decade as a participant, Griffin has served as an assistant coach in Milwaukee, Chicago, Orlando and at present Oklahoma City. He has a behavior of constructing relationships with these round him. He’s a man who has made an influence at each cease however doesn’t want to take credit score for particular person or workforce success. Griffin can be a defensive-minded coach, having frolicked beneath Tom Thibodeau.”
He was an assistant for the Bucks from 2008 till 2010. Griffin reportedly “barely filed his retirement papers” earlier than he was provided a job as an assistant coach for Milwaukee.
Players who have been on the roster included Stackhouse and present Cleveland head coach Ty Lue.
Stackhouse was additionally his teammate in Dallas throughout the 2005-06 season. Other gamers who have been on that workforce embrace Jason Terry (who’s at present on the Bucks) as properly as present Mavericks assistant Darrell Armstrong.
Sam Cassell, Los Angeles Clippers Assistant Coach
Cassell, who’s a three-time NBA champion, performed for the Bucks from 1999 till 2003.
As a participant, he was coached by Doc Rivers, Flip Saunders and John Calipari. His assistant coaches included Tom Thibodeau and Terry Stotts. The former All-Star has served as an assistant coach within the league since 2009, which supplies him practically a decade of expertise in any such position as properly.
Saunders spoke extremely about Cassell in an interview (through Washington Post):
“Sam never played because he was fast or jumped very high. Sam is a guy who didn’t play because of his athleticism. He played because of how smart he was. He knew angles and played to those. He’s able to help and transform that to some of the players.”
He was thought of an choice for the head coach emptiness in Houston again in 2011.
Ettore Messina, San Antonio Spurs Assistant Coach
Arnovitz has additionally written about why Messina could be a unbelievable rent for a workforce like Milwaukee (through ESPN):
“In Europe, player development occurs primarily at the youth level, but in San Antonio, Messina has been exposed to its importance in the NBA, further filling out his education. Tactically, Messina fashioned in Europe an intelligent brand of inside-out ball that forces defenses to move. He has amassed a canon of basketball knowledge and commands respect from professionals, young and old.”
Antetokounmpo is maybe essentially the most fascinating younger participant within the league from a developmental standpoint. Messina would work wonders with the sensational younger expertise.
Ime Udoka, San Antonio Spurs Assistant Coach
The former NBA participant has acquired great evaluations from San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich (through ESPN):
“He exudes a confidence and a consolation in his personal pores and skin the place individuals simply gravitate to him. He’s a essentially sound instructor as a result of he’s comfy with himself, he is aware of the fabric and gamers learn it. Often occasions, I’ll say, ‘Ime, are you able to go speak to so-and-so? Go speak to Patty Mills, go speak to Timmy, go speak to Kawhi.’ And he’ll do it higher than I’d do it — and I’m not blowing smoke.”
According to USA TODAY’s Sam Amick, the Spurs have been truly ready to signal massive man LaMarcus Aldridge again in 2015 due to the persuasive nature of Udoka.
Other Candidates To Consider
Mark Jackson — Former head coach for Golden State Warriors (2011-14)
Jeff Van Gundy — Former head coach for Houston Rockets (2003-07)
Becky Hammon — Assistant coach for San Antonio Spurs (2014-present)
James Borrego — Assistant coach for San Antonio Spurs (2015-present)
Jamie Young — Assistant coach for Boston Celtics (2011-present)
Igor Kokoskov — Assistant coach for Utah Jazz (2015-present)
Chris Fleming — Assistant coach for Brooklyn Nets (2016-present)
Chris Finch — Assistant coach for New Orleans Pelicans (2017-present)