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Ironically, I think Morey's coach-hiring process actually tries to prevent groupthink

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by meh, May 31, 2011.

  1. meh

    meh Contributing Member

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    Set aside for a moment whether you think Morey is correct or not. I feel many people are getting the wrong impression of WHY Morey has gone about this coaching hiring process the way he had. Specifically, the idea that he's hiring Yes Man who share his philosophies.

    The idea that Morey wants a lapdog does not make sense to me for two reasons. One, Morey's background is in business, so he should know better than anyone the dangers of hiring yes-men, and the dangers of thinking your method is always the best one. Two, Morey has stated many times that the front office is a collaboration, where all sides are heard and all information are processed. Both of this goes against him trying to "take over" the coaching part of the organization.

    My view on Morey's thought process is quite the opposite. I believe he's trying to get a diverse group of coaches to meld their philosophies and experiences.

    Just look at McHale, Finch, and Joerger. They could not be more different. Finch's background is the Euroleague. And his philosophies most resemble Morey. Joerger paid his dues in the minors before becoming an assistant, and has his own philosophy along with Hollins'. McHale was a star player who turned GM who turned coach/GM for a short stint. And he's more of a big-picture guy rather than detail-oriented. Take this in contrast with Adelman/JVG tenures. Those were basically head coaches picking their own guys. Assistants who share their philosophy and way of thinking.

    I don't know if Morey's method will prove to be better than traditional methods or not. But I will say that it's a method that actually prefers diversity rather than a single-minded philosophy. Which, ironically, is the basis of the argument against McHale.
     
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    I don't know if you are right. But I doubt that coaching by committee is a good idea. But what do I know?
     
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    If you're dumb, surround yourself with smart people. If you're smart, surround yourself with smart people who will disagree with you.
     
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    taking a page from the Texans playbook can never be a good sign.
     
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    I think people might misinterpret the term "groupthink".
     
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    It's more the opposite. Morey wants to train a coach that fits in with his own philosophy on running a team. The best way to do that is to create a farm system of coaches from the D league through the NBA assistants. Established NBA coaches like JVG and Adelman aren't going to be dictated who should be on their staff and who they should play. They've earned respect in the league and they aren't going to let some newbie GM tell them how to coach a team. Now that Morey has some time in, he's developed some pull with Les and he wants his own guy in there. Not necessarily a puppet, but someone that knows why he's here and who he works for. If the head coach becomes a problem, replace him with one of the eager assistants that you've already hand chosen to be on the staff.
     
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    Neither do I, really. I'd imagine most NBA fans have absolutely no clue how work is delegated among coaches, or how their hierarchies look.

    Personally, I think it just come down to execution. Can Morey/McHale find the right mix? I kind of think of it like chemistry on the court. If the talents can work together, it looks awesome. So it's likely more a high-risk/high-reward thing. But given that the Rockets aren't a contender looking to stand pat, I think a little risk is warranted.
     
  9. ThisIsOurCity

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    Im starting to warm up to the new coaching staff and a new era of rockets basketball. This coaching staff will be more open to new ideas, will embrace changes in the line up from trades and FA to improve the team and will do a good job developing players. RA is a great coach and was the right guy for the rockets teams led by t-mac and yao, but RA is stuck in his old ways. That is not the type of coach you want for rebuilding. Like your post.
     
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    It's nothing innovative either. What year was it when Dallas had like 700 assistant coaches on the bench? seems like a lifetime ago.

    I'm a rockets fan so I hope everything works out.
     
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    The Redskins also assembled an all-star coaching cast one time to surround Gibbs. And that turned out disastrous. Yeah, the idea's definitely not new. Nor is it foolproof. We'll just have to hope we get the right mix.
     
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    I don't think think the thing is a good idea and I don't think this is what's going on. Maybe across the league finch and jorger are highly rated and this was a way to kinda keep them around awhile. Mchale is a man's man and I doubt he would agree to be a puppet. Mchale probably views it at a chance to coach and get imput from some up and comers.
     
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    Oh, so he is assembling a "team of rivals" -- I think the last time that worked was the Lincoln administration...

    Honestly though, I am keeping an open mind about the way Morey is going about putting together the coaching staff. Logically it makes a lot of sense, and as a Rockets fan I really want it to succeed. However, I personally think a single minded philosophy is the best way to go about coaching a team -- that philosophy should be the coach's though, not the GM's.

    I think it is great that Morey is not trying to force his philosophy onto the coaching of the team, but instead of putting together some committee of diverse minds that he hopes will mesh he should instead have looked for the single minded coach who could be trusted to put together his own staff and run the team as he sees fit.

    No great NBA coaches ever had to have their hand held like it seems Morey is trying to do for McHale.
     
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    Is Morey treating coaches like a collection of assets? :p
     
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    They aren't coaching by committee, DM certainly isn't going to pick up a clip board and designate plays. What he's done is gotten specialists and formed the A-Team of coaches where you have the offensive dude, the defensive dude and then the leader/face of the coaching staff. Groupthink happens when you don't have diversity on the team, like if you have the entire staff composed of JVGs or RA clones.

    Honestly I'm surprised people are so shocked about how DM is doing this. You would think its common sense for the GM to handpick the assistants as well as the coaches to make sure everyone is on the same page, but apparently its not.
     
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    Group think or singular focus isn't a bad thing as long as the person at the top knows what he is doing. Think Steve Jobs.
     
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    The problem with having offensive and defensive coaches with completely different philosophy like football wouldn't work for basketball. In football, you have two different sets of players on the two sides of the ball. In basketball, offense and defense are connected and are executed by the same group of players. The only time when offense and defense are separated is in the last minute of a close game where timeout is called on every possession.

    The head coach is still the key to mesh everything together in a coherent system.
     
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    If Finch and develop, induce confidence in and inspire players like McHale, add to his defensive philosophies from collaborating with Joeger, further develop his offensive X & Os utilizing the best parts of Adelman's motion offense, and be a Rockets coach for 10 years after McHale, it wouldn't be half bad.

    I think perhaps Turner was not considered because he was too one-dimensional, or just like Adelman.
     
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    There are many complaints and jokes about the deep extensive overly long list of coaches and interviews.

    Though compare that to the Lakers and their immediate instant Mike Brown hire without hardly interviewing, and I can GUARANTEE that Laker followers wish they did what the Rockets are doing.
     
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    The Texans were actually at their best when Kubiak delegated to his assistants.
     

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