Wednesday, June 04, 2008

No Ideal Candidate To Replace Flip

Obviously, it wasn’t much of a surprise Flip Saunders was fired as the Pistons coach.
I have no trepidation about his dismissal coming back to haunt the Pistons. I honestly believe he wasn’t capable of getting the Pistons over the hump and back to the NBA Finals.
What I do find perplexing is usually, where there is an opening like this, there are a number of obvious candidates that fit it.
I don’t see any here. Michael Curry has no head coaching experience. Terry Porter wasn’t that successful as a head coach. Avery Johnson had some of the same issues - great regular seasons, disappointing playoff runs - as Flip.
None of this off season is going to be easy for Joe Dumars to sort through - especially hiring a coach.

Random Notes

- Another sign the Tigers are a mediocre club this season: Four walk off losses on their West Coast trip. It will be interesting how the crowds react at Comerica Park for this 10-game homestand should the Tigers continue to falter. Many people bought a lot of tickets expecting a much better on-the-field product.

- I admit I want Big Brown to win the Belmont. It’s been a long time - too long - since a horse has won the triple crown (1978). I’m not a big horse racing fan, but I do enjoy the triple crown races. They are especially good watch in hi-def.

- I see the Lakers winning the NBA Finals in six games. I hope Kevin Garnett and Pau Gasol are guarding each other. That would be a matchup worth watching, for sure.


Blogger Barry said...

Hi Pat: The best thing for Tigers fans is to support them all the way. Even if they do not win it is wise to support team for next year team. Mr.I has to recoup some of his money so he will send $$$$ next year to retool the team. We need to support JL because he a baseball man. I do not believe this is JL fault and we need to support. JL knows baseball, for example, when they sign Gary. He ask "Gary are you healthy", JL knew Gary's health is a problem and he was right. JL wanted to sleep on releasing Byrdak meaning he did not really want too and now he is doing good in Houston. JL wanted pitchers that throw strikes and be in full control and he is getting either. I know he makes mistakes like yesterday he could have use Polanco to pinch hit for Granderson when the game was still close. I think alot of his moves are done by Tiger management not his. JL know baseball better than anyone in the Tiger's Organization and it is great to hear him speak because he will tell what is going to go wrong with players. JL might be suited more for upper management instead of coaching. Tiger management should listen to JL more often.

7:18 AM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...

Book and the entire city of Detroit,


I hope the Red Wings helped ease your ailments - both your's and the city's.

All the best.

12:51 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Now that the Red Wings and Pistons are done, the Tigers are going to get the spotlight. That means if they don't start winning, Jim Leyland will come under fire. I think he is a great manager. I wouldn't advocate a change at this point, but they need to play better baseball or his job could be in trouble.

12:21 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
Thanks, Fred. Now we'll see if the Tigers can get their act together.

12:22 PM 

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