The NBA Finals just ended a little less than a week ago. And now the fun is really about to begin. The draft is just two days away, set for Thursday night in NYC. And boy is it going to be a doozy. Many of the experts have all the lottery picks as guys who have more college eligibility! Not to mention this draft is lacking in foreign talent, therefore the League is back to mainly plucking from the NCAA. This could be the most unpredictable draft in recent memory. There will be more to come on this soon.
Then of course there is the day everyone has been waiting for. July 1st, the start of the NBA free agency period. Names like Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, and Joe Johnson are on the open market just to name a few. Also there are guys such as Carlos Boozer on the market, who in a typical free agency period, might be the most hotly sought after player. Not this year.
Then a story that is starting to really come to the forefront. Both NBA Finals participants are unsure if their head coaches will be returning next season. Phil Jackson and Doc Rivers have made it unclear on whether they will stay or go. Phil has been saying for a while now that he is unsure if he will come back for a 12th title due to his health. Doc also made it known before the playoffs that he wasn’t sure if this would be his last hoorah with the Celtics in that he wanted to spend more time with his family.
So will either of these coaches be on the sidelines next year? I will state that is unlikely that they will both return for another go. My thoughts on this coaching dilemma. Doc Rivers is as good as gone. The Celtics are an aging team that is very unlikely to all be together next year. I foresee Ray Allen and/or Kevin Garnett both being gone next year. Not to mention both have lost a step over the years anyways and will continue to as time goes on. In addition, Doc came so close, yet was so far from capturing that title and going out on top. I could only see him coming back if he had never won a title as a coach before. He already accomplished this 2 years ago though. In addition, his youngest son, Austin, is heading into his senior year of high school and is considered one of the top 10 players in his class. I do not blame Doc for wanting to be there for every minute of this special time in his son’s life.
Then there is Phil. Jackson has now won 11 NBA Championships. The most in NBA history. He pretty much is known as the consummate winner. Phil has had the pleasure of coaching some of the greatest players of all time in Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O’Neal. His triangle offense is legendary. So after rattling all of this information off you are asking why would he come back then? Well the man loves to win. And why not go for the 4th 3 peat of his legendary career? Phil does not have kids to watch grow up anymore. He is currently dating his bosses’ daughter. And all of his players are begging for his return to the sideline. So if his health is okay, the Zen Master will be back for next season.
So the call here is that Phil Jackson will be back for another go and Doc Rivers will not. But we will all find out soon enough.
Who will stay and who will go?
Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.