Something interesting happened on the way to a verdict. Apparently Bleacher Fan has a new boy in Joe Dumars, and is already nominating him for NBA Executive of the Year. Sports Geek has apparently made Dumars his new favorite whipping boy. It was a totally unexpected turnabout by both of my colleagues, as I never expected Dumars to take such a prominent role in this debate.
Bleacher Fan dug deep and pulled out some quotes from “Bleacher Fan’s Pick Me-Up Book of Quotes.” Add Dolly Parton to the list of names (a list that includes the Olsen Twins… The 16-Year-Old Baseball Player Debate) that I didn’t expect to get mentioned on this website… EVER! Bleacher Fan also made a unique analogy to a teenager buying a new car to keep his evil, wicked neighbor from getting the same car. I mean, who would want to listen to that snob brag about that car for the next five year? Not me, that’s for sure!
Sports Geek elaborated on how coaches are able to adjust to players much better than players are able to adjust to coaches. He also threw into question the motives of Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva, asserting that they are looking for money, not championships.
The question I posed had nothing to do with Dumars, though. I wanted to know if, essentially, it was an incredibly dumb move, or incredibly smart move, by an NBA free agent to sign with a team that does not yet have a coach. In saying that, I have absolutely no choice but to extend Bleacher Fan’s losing streak and award the “W” to…
I’m not sure why anyone would sign with a team that has no coach. Why do you think so many college recruits renege on their verbal commitment to a college after the team changes coaches? It is because they are not sure who is going to be in charge. They will not know the new coach, just as Gordon and Villanueva likely are not familiar with the new Detroit Pistons head coach, John Kuester. It is definitely not a match made in heaven. Do you think Gordon and Villanueva are regretting the move? We cannot be sure right now, but it is reasonable to think that regret had at least entered their thought process.
Bleacher Fan, feel free to appeal. I’ll listen to you, as always. But, something tells me you won’t appeal this time! :)