Rick Carlisle to the Indiana Pacers.
Jason Kidd to the Dallas Mavericks.
Ime Udoka to the Boston Celtics.
And now, we’re hearing Chauncey Billups to the Portland Trailblazers.
What we’re not hearing is anything from our Orlando Magic, as we continue reeling from our poor NBA Draft Lottery showing (story HERE).
The list of NBA coaching openings are getting smaller and the talent pool of potential coaches to replace Steve Clifford is as well.
This is hardly unusual and it might not mean anything. This is one of the most least transparent front offices in the league.
It might also be possible that no one wants this job. We traded away our star nucleus for a bunch of question marks.
There might be some logical explanations. Or maybe I’m just supplying the team for more excuses to give us. But hey. Content.
The team might be focusing on an assistant from the Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, or Atlanta Hawks. This would explain the delay because any coaches tied to those teams will want to wait until their playoff run has ended before taking another gig.
But the lack of buzz is disturbing. There are nuances to coaching searches to both build interest around the league, and to keep the fans excited. Right now this team is doing neither.
I’ve made it no secret. I would like the team to hire Becky Hammon. A qualified and historic choice for a team that needs to give us something to cheer for when there is nothing on the court to cheer for yet.
But it’s possible she doesn’t want it. Maybe nobody does.