Thursday, May 20, 2004

Good money if you can get it

The Golden State Warriors (why isn't it the Golden State 'Golden Eagles'?), in their neverending quest to ruin the franchise, fired a good (some say great) coach in Eric Mussleman, and are rumored to replace him with Stanford coach Mike Montgomery. Andy Katz says what we're all thinking:

 If Montgomery takes the Warriors job, he would be trying to change a recent trend of college coaches -- namely Tim Floyd, Lon Kruger, John Calipari and Rick Pitino -- who left prominent Division I jobs and failed in the NBA.

Well they all have something else in common, they found work after failure and are rich rich men.  I have respect for Montgomery for leaving something he obviously was comfortable in (he was at Stanford for 18 seasons) to try his craft at the ultimate level. Although some would say that being an NBA and NCAA coach are two completely different jobs. Has the NBA culture moved so far away from college ball to the point where a college coach can no longer be effective in the league? Recent history says yes, but for the sake of Warriors fans I hope Montgomery can buck the trend.

And on the other side of the coin, the way the NBA coaching carousel has been revolving lately it shouldn't be long before Mussleman gets another job.