Ask Coach Phil
“Are players or coaches more important when it comes to NBA success?“
First, let’s look at (recently fired) Ty Lue, Luke Walton, Steve Kerr, and our very own Quin Snyder.
Sure, the Cavs went to the Finals last year, but besides Lebron leaving, the team basically stayed the same. The results? An 0-6 start and a fired Ty Lue.
Luke Walton took over the Warriors coaching responsibilities in Steve Kerr’s absence. He went an unprecedented 39-4, starting 24-0, and eventually got the Lakers Head Coaching position. None of that technically counts, as wins are awarded to the head coach, but you have to believe it was more the players rather than the coach.
Why? His record starting this season with the Lakers over the past two years is 61-103.
Is Steve Kerr really this good or does he allow his three, then four, now FIVE All-Stars to run the show?
Will Ty Lue find another coaching position? Will Luke all of a sudden be a terrific coach now that Lebron plays for the Lakers??
Quin Snyder’s Approach
Quin Snyder has got something going with Jazz Nation. I like the approach he has taken.
His record starting his 5th year is 177-153, steadily improving as his tenure lengthens. He even lost potentially Utah’s biggest star in the last decade and continues to get better.
The “team” approach needs to be adopted by more across the league. The guys we have are truly buying into this philosophy. From their actions on the court, their interactions with the fan base, to the many “different” leading scorers every night.
In the first five or so games, Mitchell, Ingles and Rubio have taken turns pouring in the most points. In a game filled with the Big 3, Big 4 and in the Warriors case Big 5, Coach Quin continues to build the “team” concept. The new #teamiseverything is proof.
Team isn’t any one thing, team is everything.
This is only a nod to what Coach Snyder kept saying all throughout last year:
“The strength of our team, is our team.”
Time will only tell if we can keep the growth like it has been, but for now, others should learn from the same blueprint Utah has been using.
Coach Phil’s Conclusion?
Pieces help to finish the puzzle, but ultimately, if you are trying to get guys to buy in on your culture, build it yourself.
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