Winning and the Freedom to Innovate

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So the Spurs have hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, and everything that I’ve seen in the media indicates that everyone thinks this is a great idea. (As do I, for the record, if she’s a god coach, who cares if she’s female?)

This is what it looks like when you win and do something outside of the box. People in the media assume you know what you’re doing. I can’t help but wonder if it had been the Cavaliers, 76ers, or Bobcats who had hired her, if there wouldn’t be all kinds of people in the media questioning what the heck they are doing. We’d see articles and ESPN talking heads at least suggesting that NBA players aren’t ready to listen to a female coach, and on and on.

But, since it’s the Spurs, and really, who can argue with what the Spurs have accomplished, she must be a great coach and they are just ahead of the curve yet again.

As the fan of a few teams (Hello Long Island!) that have tried to do some outside of the box things, and faced massive criticism for it, I’m jealous of the Spurs. On the other hand, when you’re a winner, you get the benefit of the doubt.

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