Jewish Journal

Coaches Wanted?

by Jeremy Fine

May 17, 2010 | 4:01 am

Every offseason there is what sports fans call a coaching carousel. It mainly happens in college sports when a team did well and a better college program snatches away their coach. In the NBA teams usually look for one of four categories; coach with experience, coach who was a former player/leader on the court, an assistant coach, or a successful college coach.

The Jewish coach that has the most experience is Larry Brown. While he currently has a job with the Charlotte Bobcats and his former phenom Michael Jordan, there are rumors circulating that Brown has interest of heading back to the Philadelphia 76ers. A few weeks back Brown said that Charlotte would be his last stop, but it seems a potential Iverson-less 76er team is intriguing. While Brown has denied the rumors, the 76ers seem to be interested. To read more check out http://ken-berger.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/11838893/21324739?tag=comBlogEntryListCnt;entry21324739.

Another coach of Jewish interest is Lawrence Frank. Frank most recently coached the New Jersey Nets but was fired mid-season after a horrendous start. The New Orleans Hornets had Frank in for an interview last week. The Hornets have a long list of candidates but Frank seems to have as much a chance as anybody. The Nets did have a horrible season but the team he had to work with was pathetic to watch all season long, with or without Frank as their leader. With the Hornets he would inherit a solid foundation with All Stars Chris Paul and David West. Read more at www.cbssports.com/nba/story/13378527/hornets-add-to-list-of-candidates-interview-frank-williams?tag=headlines;headlines.

The last coach to watch out for is Bruce Pearl. Yes, Bruce Pearl. While he won’t be joining the professional ranks (I don’t believe so), there is rumor that John Callipari might be headed to coach in the NBA either in Chicago or New Jersey. Callipari has repeatedly denied these rumors, but I am not sure he is such a trustworthy guy in situations where money is involved. If Callipari was to jump back into the NBA, Pearl would probably become the number candidate for the Kentucky job. After an Elite Eight appearance Pearl seems to be a likely candidate. Pearl was heavily rumored to be heading to Kentucky a few years back, but said to have never wanted to leave Tennessee. But if the price was right you never know what might happen.

This summer the world will be watching Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and others. But do not forget about the (Jewish) guys who coach them.

And Let Us Say…Amen.
-Jeremy Fine
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Rabbi Jeremy Fine is the Assistant Rabbi at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul MN. He was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary where he also received a Masters in Jewish...

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