April 13, 2008
The most difficult 12 inches to move, the old joke goes, is the 12 inches from the assistant coach's seat to the head coach's. Nonetheless, there are at least a dozen capable current NBA assistants who should get a look for a head coaching position this summer according to David Aldridge of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Miami's Bob McAdoo, Atlanta's Larry Drew, Boston's Tom Thibodeau, Milwaukee's Tony Brown, Seattle's Scott Brooks, New Jersey's Pat Sullivan, the Lakers' Brian Shaw, and Denver's Adrian Dantley - just selected last week for induction to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame - have never held head jobs.
Others such as Darrell Walker (New Orleans), Jim Cleamons and Kurt Rambis (Lakers), Paul Westphal (Dallas), Herb Williams (New York) and Randy Ayers (Washington) have previously held full-time or interim head jobs and deserve another chance, just as Scott Skiles and Rick Carlisle will surely get third shots somewhere this off-season.