The coaching carousel that often strikes pro sports during the off-season is not spinning in the NBA.
For the first time in the league’s history, all 30 teams are bringing back the coaches that led their clubs in the year prior.
A variety of coaches spoke with the Associated Press as to why they think a new trend may be emerging.
“I think what people are seeing is what this league needs, what these players need more than anything, is stability and a consistent message,” said Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “Otherwise we’re just losing ground if you have to start all over every year. That’s a tough way to win in this business. That’s a tough way to build any sort of culture or consistency.”
Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, the president of the National Basketball Coaches Association, said it’s a tribute to the quality of coaches that work within the league.
“From top to bottom, we have a very high quality level of coaching,” said Carlisle. “This is as stable as our profession has been in decades. Contracts are strong, the league is constructed in a way now where coaching is extremely important and ownership understands the importance of the coaching process.”
Turnover is never good for any business. This is especially true in one that thrives on teamwork, loyalty and dedication in times of war and strife.
If this movement continues and owners are patient with staffs that are underperforming is it possible to envision a day when players will rewind to the concept of playing for one team for an entire year?
That’s doubtful but seeing that the last coaching switch was when Jeff Hornacek took over the New York Knicks in 2016, we may get to a time where change will only come when it’s absolutely necessary.
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