Finding out what people think is a never-ending quest for journalists. So that prompted this short exchange last week…
Bob Hill, former head coach of the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs, Seattle SuperSonics and Tokyo Apache, provided his thoughts on a few short questions via email.
What are your three favorite basketball movies of all time? Why?
(1) Hoosiers …. It’s true
(2) Coach Carter …. Great lessons
(3) Glory Road …. It’s true
What do you consider the best current NBA rivalry, and what makes it special in your mind?
Oklahoma City-San Antonio. Two quality teams. Probably won’t stay a great rivalry after this season.
Who is the most underrated head coach in the NBA today?
(Chicago’s) Tom Thibodeau. He did a tremendous job this season.
Is the current coaching carousel even bigger than you expect this offseason?
It makes no sense to me at all.
Every coach appreciates when players seek them out for pointers, I think. With that in mind, from your NBA days as a head coach and assistant, can you think of an example where you provided key advice to a player and that helped him to much greater success down the road?
I have a lot of examples of helping or teaching players. Too many to include in an email. The stories are too long. I have always believed that helping, teaching, empowering players is a large part of your job. Especially today.
Almost everyone calls Miami’s LeBron James the best player on the planet. Who do you think is the most exciting player to watch?
We Americans get totally carried away with labeling people. “Divas” and “best player on the planet” are good examples. It’s totally out of control. LeBron is clearly the best player in the NBA and is clearly the most exciting player to watch. Basketball is a team game and the best player should embrace the essence of just that. I think LeBron is learning to do that. He is evolving into a combination of Magic (Johnson) and Michael (Jordan).