From the time I first saw Chuck Daly, Pat Riley and my all-time favorite, Larry Brown, who used to wear the cool sport coats with the patches on the elbow, roaming the sidelines coaching in the NBA, I aspired to someday be an NBA head coach.
Because I read about the great Moses Malone putting a note in the Bible, wanting to be a great NBA player someday, I decided at age 11 to do the same thing. Somehow, I didn’t get the same results, having ended up as a pretty good Division 3 player. I guess playing in the NBA was not going to be my destiny.
My path was to first try to be a very successful college coach, then hopefully get scooped up by some GM as the next up-and-comer in the NBA. The first part worked out pretty well as I won approximately 200 games and went to five postseasons in an eight-year period at two different schools, but unfortunately the second part still has not come to fruition, so I’m left to speculate on what coaches in college today might be the next to make the very rare and difficult jump from the college ranks right to the NBA as a pro head coach.
I’ve got five for you: Danny Manning; Kevin Ollie; Jay Wright; Tony Bennett and Fred Hoiberg.