Originally Posted by worldbchuck
Frank probably has to go. He has no idea how to manage the bench.
see, this is why i'm glad the average fan is not in charge of basketball decisions. among all the problems head coaches have, bench management is arguably the easiest thing to fix. even if frank does have a strong problem in this area (and by all evidence he's made progress on it this year), the most rational decision is to have the GM and the president get together with him first and say "you need to start playing the backups more or else". and if he refuses to cooperate, THEN
you can fire him.
the average fan is always ready to fire a coach and make goofy trades all season long with little regard for the consequences. you hear it in all major sports. every time a team goes into a slump, joe genius fan is ready to tear the team apart and start all over.
one of the biggest mistakes is saying "fire this coach and bring in this other coach", thinking that all the areas the old coach was strong in will magically remain untouched and that you'll somehow wind up with an amalgam of the best of the new coach and the old coach. haha, if only it were true. coaches like adelman, the browns, tomjanovich, o'brien, issel and others all have their strengths and weaknesses and all were fired or burned out for various problems.
so you want to get rid of one set of problems and take on another set of problems, hoping that it will be the quick fix necessary to jump start the team this year. sorry, but it rarely works that way. it does work when a group of players are pissed off at the current coach and have a lot of angry energy stored up which they can then take out on the court, but it never lasts. all you usually wind up doing is spending at least another year getting your new system in place and getting the right mix of players together.
owners around the league are constantly learning this lesson, or at least they should be.