June 10, 2003

NY/NJ to Texas...Van Gundy takes over Rockets: I'm having trouble comprehending Bill Parcells as coach of the Dallas Cowboys and Jeff Van Gundy as coach of the Houston Rockets. What's going on here?

posted by cg1001a to general at 05:11 PM - 9 comments

Van Gundy always struck me as unsuccessful just because he seemed on appearances to be a loser. But it turns out he's a pretty good coach, and a good fit in Houston. I'm still laughing about how the Pistons fired Carlisle and hired Brown, the man he had just beaten in the playoffs, and how the Hornets fired a successful coach (Silas) to hire one of the worst coaches in history. Not that I really give a damn about the NBA. But this coaching carousel has been interesting.

posted by Bernreuther at 05:33 PM on June 10

Brown, Silas, and Van Gundy are just three more examples of owners taking the easy way with white guys getting recycled rather than giving some deserving minority a shot.

posted by billsaysthis at 07:05 PM on June 10

Silas is black.

posted by Bernreuther at 08:14 PM on June 10

Still? Alternatively: 1. Says you. 2. He played for the Celtics. 3. What's your point?

posted by yerfatma at 09:56 PM on June 10

Brown, Silas, and Van Gundy are just three more examples of owners taking the easy way with white guys getting recycled rather than giving some deserving minority a shot. -billsaysthis Silas is black. -Bernreuther Good stuff. Good stuff. heh heh.

posted by dusted at 10:58 PM on June 10

Sorry, meant to use Floyd, not Silas. Good catch Bernreuther.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:40 PM on June 10

On the larger point, the NBA has the best color-blind management hiring record in any pro sport, and it presumably will get better when Avery Johnson retires. If they've reached a point where there are now black retreads who keep getting second and third and fourth chances, that's progress.

posted by rcade at 06:47 AM on June 11

Texas has become the 4th Coast (Chicago being the Third). Beyond their contribution to the sports world, they are beginning to impress artistically, intellectually, and culturally (at least in Austin). And, of course, there's rcade.

posted by jacknose at 07:08 AM on June 11

Hey jacknose! Don't forget Ufez! He's a Texan, too. Plus, all my exes live there...

posted by vito90 at 07:49 AM on June 11

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