Thursday, January 22, 2009

Byebye Iavaroni



No one saw this coming. 

Me especially. Last April, I predicted Iavaroni would be gone by xmas if the Grizzlies didn't show improvement in the first 20 games. Boy was I wrong. It took the Grizzlies over 40 games to fire Iavaroni.

Many will say Iavaroni didn't have a fair shot, no one could win with this team, he was a good guy, and he developed Rudy Gay.

Those people are wrong. Well, he might be a good guy. But by every measure of good coaching, Iavaroni was a failure.

Now the Grizzlies have the opportunity, as they did when they hired Iavaroni, to find somebody who can make something of this team. 

I won't speculate yet except to say I hope it's not Avery Johnson. This team isn't going to get better with someone who micromanages every play. They need someone that can get the young team to focus on fundamentals, like passing and basic help defense.

Let's hope it turns out better than the Iavaroni experiment.

11 comments:

Sam said...

I never understood the hire to begin with. Too bad the Bulls have already scooped up Vinny Del Negro. (kidding, of course)

John said...

Lionel Hollins take 3! And Maurice Cheeks as his side kick, woohoo!! At least we tried to get Avery, you know its bad when he turns you down.

Ben said...

larry brown Bitches!

Sam said...

Calkins pretty much sums up the situation:

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/jan/26/heisley-needs-to-give-the-guy-a-shot/

Sam said...

Darko back = Griz win

John said...

Damn David, we are already 5 games into the Hollins era, we have back to back wins with a very winnable game against the Clips tonight at home and we still can't get a post out of you? Is the golden doodle or whatever you call it taking up too much of your time? Is there some kind of parade in San Francisco this time of year I don't know about? I need insight, i need your cunning wit, anything, please?

Sam said...

The Griz have now won four of their last five, and some were over playoff teams. Yet, David continues to ignore his readers (much like he ignores the rules of blackjack).

David Jones said...

Yes, I am guilty. I will try to get an update tonight.

I just want to be sure we have a large enough sample size before jumping to conclusions.

One question: do you consider a win over the Hornets without Chris Paul, David West, Tyson Chandler, and Morris Peterson to be a win over a 'playoff team'?

Sam said...

Do you hit 13 when the dealer has a 9 showing?

David Jones said...

I swear the next card was going to be an 8.

Sam said...

Um, I think you missed my point. But, thanks for the post.