The more I see former mentors become head coaches the more I realize it is a failed maneuver. Atlanta hawks (also 0-9 at this point) who have a boat load of good young players + Joe Johnson hired a clone of Sam Mitchell in Mike Woodson.
What is the trap?
<b>It is simply mistaking these guys incredible knack at motivating and winning over young players for head coaching material</b>. Their strength is communication and desire but as evidenced by the way they use their pawns there is a total lack of tactical brilliance and creativity.
can't close quarters
can't close games
can't make adjustments to runs
Though Sam and Mike could have been the most invaluable assistance coaches in the NBA during their previous assignments - that does not make them the most qualified head coaches for the next job openings. IMO assitant coaches are a different breed. For instance Butch Carter would not have made a good long term assistance coach - could have been a great head coach if not for his lack of proffesionalism under the spot light.