Tuesday May 12 2009 – 2:05pm Eastern (Toronto, ON)
I wrote this briefly in the “comment” section of one of yesterday’s blogs … and responded to some folks via email as well …
So I figured I’d take a minute to put my thoughts down in an official blog as well.
I know Smitty already mentioned this in his Star blog today, so give him the gold star for getting up before me and getting his blog posted. He’s a newspaper guy – he’s gotta do that. I’m a lowly radio schlep :)
Doug and I actually spoke at great length yesterday – while awaiting Jay Triano’s press conference – and we both had the same idea and had heard similar things from our respective sources.
Based on conversations I’ve had and based on what my “gut” is telling me too, here’s how I see Triano’s coaching staff shaping up …
- I think Mike Evans will be gone
- I think Alex English is 50/50 to return
- I think Gord Herbert will be back
Marc Iavaroni is all-but a done deal to join the staff — likely as Triano’s lead assistant.
If Herbert is back with Iavaroni, the rest of the staff will be determined by how many coaches Triano wants/needs/is given permission to have. Three or four?
Let’s for argument say that English comes back. I still believe there’s a need for a “veteran” coach to come in and by the wise eyes and ears for a relatively young coaching staff. Much like Vinny Del Negro has in Chicago with Del Harris AND Bernie Bickerstaff, I think Triano could use a guy who has “been there, done that”. A name that comes to mind: PJ Carlesimo. Just a thought.
But the most intriguing name out there (not as the “veteran” – but as another piece of the puzzle) is Alvin Williams. There is legit interest in Williams.
If Al is brought back by the Raps, he would probably fill a duel role of “ambassador” and “assistant coach”. Perhaps he’d be the kind of assistant – at least for a year or two – that would help out in practice and work out players before a game but sit behind the bench during games and “observe” … as opposed to sitting right up from with the rest of the coaches and being involved in every timeout with the entire coaching staff. It’d be similar to the role that Eric Hughes currently has as well (officially listed by the team as a “Basketball Development Consultant”).
From what I’ve heard, Williams would be open to accepting the job and coming back to T.O. if the Raps truly do make him and offer.
And remember, I was the first one to put Alvin’s name out there as a guy the Raptors should be seriously looking at for next season (“I’d love to see a guy like Alvin Williams added to the staff as a 3rd or 4th assistant next year” – March 18 2009 blog).
Enjoy the rest of your day folks.