Cavaliers’ Search for a New Coach


The National Basketball Association’s coaching carousel has begun and the Cleveland Cavaliers are one of the teams in search for a head coach. After a disappointing finish for the Cavs and Mike Brown, they decided to split ways for the second time. Many NBA teams are looking for a new coach including the Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz, just to mention a few. There are many candidates that have been linked to the Cleveland Cavaliers head coaching position and this is a list of possible candidates. Many of the candidates have been college coaches as well as previous NBA coaches. Let us start with the college coaches…

Billy Donovan- Reported yesterday by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Cavs reached out to Billy Donovan about the Cavs head coaching position. Donovan has been the coach at the University of Florida since 1996 and won the national championship in 2006 and 2007. He would know the NBA game well because he played in the NBA after being drafted by the Utah Jazz in the 1987 draft. In 2007 there were rumors that the Orlando Magic hired him to replace the then Coach Brian Hill. However, he stayed at Florida and continues to have a lot of success.  He was asked recently if the Cavs contacted him and he replied, “Many teams have contacted me about coach vacancies, but I am very happy where I am.” It is a very slim chance that Coach Donovan will coach our Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kevin Ollie- UConn head coach who used to play for the Cavs signed a 5 year extension with the university after winning the National Championship in 2014.

Tom Izzo- The Michigan State Spartans coach has been linked to the Cleveland Cavaliers many times. This latest time was this week after the Cavs had won the first pick in the draft. He was also linked to the Cavs the summer LeBron decided to “take his talents to south beach.”

George Karl- The former coach of the Denver Nuggets has been a candidate for the job. He is very good with young players like Kenneth Faried and handled big “egos” in the locker room. He may be the best coach for our team with his experience and expertise. George Karl could really make an offense that helps Kyrie Irving and the number one pick especially if it is Andrew Wiggins. Karl can open up the offense and help Kyrie like he helped Ty Lawson in Denver. Therefore making him a top option for the Cleveland Cavaliers. As for right now Karl is still a NBA analyst for ESPN.

Lionel Hollins- Hollins last worked as the Grizzlies head coach in 2013 and many people were surprised when they parted ways. He really helped the Grizzlies on the defensive end of the floor. The only problem is while in Memphis he ran the offense through Marc Gasol and Zack Randolph but the Cavs’ team lacks those gifted big men. Lionel Hollins has also been linked to going back to Memphis after Minnesota Timberwolves hired their old coach Dave Joeger from last season.

Alvin Gentry- The final candidate that has been linked to the Cavs open position has been the Suns former coach. Last season he was an assistant coach to Doc Rivers on the Los Angeles Clippers coaching staff. He is a good coach, but his lack of experience and success as a head coach would not be good, as Cleveland’s fans base wants the Cavs to win now. Gentry is another offensive minded coach, which is a big thing because the Cavaliers really struggled on that end of the floor last season.

The coaches all have strengths in areas that would help the Cavs at the moment. Yet, some are more comfortable in their current coaching positions. This makes the hunt for a new coach only that much harder for the Cavs. What us fans must do now is hope that we can get a coach that will successfully lead the Cavaliers to victory.

-Dal Oprian

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