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NBA Coaches, Curry Detroit, Porter Suns, Del Negro Bulls

by james on June 9th, 2008

NBA Obsessed takes you into the hit and run game of NBA Basketball.

Michael Curry

Not in my wildest imagination would it seem that Joe Dumars would hand the reins over to an unproven coach. In Joe D we trust, but this is to the extreme.

Michael Curry, former Piston, gets the head coaching job in Detroit.

The move comes one week after Dumars fired Flip Saunders. Curry will sign a three-year deal worth with a fourth season a team option. The deal is reportedly worth $2.5 million a year. This will be the first head coaching job for 39-year-old Curry.

Michael coached 1 year as an assistant under Flip Saunders. He also coached at…well, nowhere, none, nunca, nada. In Joe D we trust, just keep saying it.

Terry Porter

Also under Flip was Terry Porter. The Phoenix Suns announced Porter as their new coach. Evidently they talked to Flip, but he is a tad expensive and also collecting 5.4 million bucks to do nothing next year.

Terry was unremarkable as Bucks coach. It did not hurt to have been a former teammate of Steve Kerr and current friend.

Phoenix general manager Steve Kerr said Saturday he had agreed to terms with Porter, who was an assistant with the Pistons the past two seasons.

Porter, 45, played in the NBA for 17 seasons and teamed with Kerr in San Antonio.

“He’s got a great combination of leadership skills,” Kerr said in a telephone interview. “He’s a great communicator. And his coaching experience, two years as a head coach, is important to me. The fact that he’s sat in that chair, that was a key factor. He’s very tough-minded.”

Porter is expected to sign a three-year deal worth about $7 million, and he likely will be introduced at a news conference this week. His hiring was first reported by ESPN.


Vinny Del Negro

Maybe the most surprising hire was Vinny Del Negro by the Chicago Bulls. Zero coaching experience is his resume.

Vinny Del Negro has been offered the Chicago Bulls head coaching job, according to a person within the league who is familiar with the situation.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because an announcement had not been made Monday.

An official announcement, which could come this week, would end a nearly two-month search that included courtships of Mike D’Antoni and Doug Collins.

Del Negro, the assistant general manager of the Phoenix Suns who has never been a head coach, would take over a team that went from 49 wins to 49 losses this past season and missed the playoffs after making the second round in 2007.


Be happy the same old retreads are not being hired, but isn’t there supposed to be some kind of head coaching credentials to get some of these jobs?

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3 opinions for NBA Coaches, Curry Detroit, Porter Suns, Del Negro Bulls

  • Ryan
    Jun 11, 2008 at 12:59 am

    Even funnier is that Sheed showed up to Curry’s press conference, now most of talk radio land is back on sheed’s side…

    It’s like the abused wife who all of a sudden forgets, just because Hubby brings home a dozen roses and fixes dinner

  • RonBFree
    Jun 11, 2008 at 6:10 am

    Curry has paid his dues and Dumars has been grooming him for this position for years. He is very well respected amoung players throughout the league. As Joe says, He has strong leadership qualities that you need to be a good coach”. When asked what his playing style would be he said it all starts with defense and rebounding then working the ball inside out on offense. Sounds a lot like larry brown basketball.
    The other thing he made mention of was that players would earn playing time based on how much effort they put out on the court. Sounds like he is going to push the veterans a little harder and give the young guys a chance to play more minutes than Flip did. I think its a good hire.

  • james
    Jun 11, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Sheed is back ?? That is good news. last year of contract, low post d, 3 ptrs, emotion!

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