Kind of knocks on Burke by saying 2nd overall for him to New Orleans is a reach and that Pistons are the best spot for him to fall to. If we get lucky, I would love to have Burke and I think it could only help with the pitiful attendance at the Palace.
Jason Kidd just finished his NBA career and now the Nets just hired him to be their coach. My first reaction was "how bizarre" but the reasons for doing it did make some sense after listening to the analysts explain said reasons. Kidd is a hall of fame point guard who has a great relationship with one of their star players, Deron Williams. He has "star power" and maybe with some experienced assistant coaches the organization and Kidd can make it work.
This is somewhat relevant to this board in particular since many people have commented about recently graduated players someday coming back to coach Michigan. Mike Hart and Jordan Kovacs come to mind as former M players that could come back as coaches.
Anyway, just wondering what people think about this and if this makes the idea of recently graduated M players becoming coaches sooner more palatable.
"ESPN sources: Mo Cheeks has today agreed to take Detroit Pistons' job. Story posting online at ESPN as we speak"
Many expected Cheeks was the man Detroit wanted, and sure enough they got him. Cheeks has a career record of 284-286 in eight seasonsas a head coach.
Cheeks has played with both Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing, and has coached Allen Iverson and Rasheed Wallace; he’s known to possess an even keel on the sidelines and handle difficult personalities, a trait that works in his favor here.
As coach, one of his main duties will most likely be harnessing and developing young point guard Brandon Knight, if he doesn't move to SG during the offseason. Cheeks was a main influence on Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook, who can be a loose cannon at times.
With a young and promising core of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, and Brandon Knight to work with, hopefully the organization can use both the draft and free agency wisely to build around these guys.
SI on Trey's NBA prospects:
Not to drive traffic away from here (as if that's possible, amirite???), but the good folks at UMHoops have just set up a new message board/forum, which is open for business. If you're looking for some dedicated basketball talk, would be worth taking a gander.
I'm not affiliated with UM Hoops at all, other than being a frequent visitor/reader and occasional commenter.
Per MLive, Conlan, a former player and the director of operations for the U of M men's basketball team, has resigned in hopes of pursuing coaching oppurtunities elswhere. The position's opening was just posted online, and there is no word on where exactly Travis is headed or possible replacements for the position. I wonder if Novak would be interested in a new job...