Comments on: Coaching Profile: Mike Longabardi http://saltcityhoops.com/coaching-profile-mike-longabardi/ The ESPN TrueHoop Utah Jazz Site Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:04:08 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: Clint Johnson http://saltcityhoops.com/coaching-profile-mike-longabardi/#comment-43297 Thu, 01 May 2014 17:01:13 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=11202#comment-43297 He’s not staying in Phoenix for long even if he does stay. They have a new, young, and exciting head coach who looks to be there for a while. Longabardi will take a head job somewhere in the next two years, is my guess, because the chance to be the man is simply too tempting.

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By: Clint Johnson http://saltcityhoops.com/coaching-profile-mike-longabardi/#comment-43294 Thu, 01 May 2014 16:59:20 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=11202#comment-43294 I think Longabardi is going to be a good head coach in this league, and I would be satisfied if the Jazz gave him his first big shot at becoming that. My philosophy on a great coach in the modern NBA is find someone who: 1) teaches well, and 2) is a defensive-oriented coach. Players enter the league so young now that a coach has to be able to teach, not just coach. Also, far more players in the modern game display disproportionate offensive talent. Just look at the Jazz: Trey Burke and Enes Kanter are easily better offensive players than defensive, and Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward can be argued to be as well. Only Favors strikes me as a defensive-oriented player. Both in general and for the Jazz, I believe getting a defensive coach to meld together offensive players is usually the way to go.

Longabardi may be my favorite candidate for the position.

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By: Mewko http://saltcityhoops.com/coaching-profile-mike-longabardi/#comment-42423 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 23:33:05 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=11202#comment-42423 I want this guy. If he runs defense like Tom Thibbidou, then heck yeah! I also want him to get revenge on Phoenix, because Phoenix stole Jeff Hornacek.

It’s tempting for Longabardi to come here, and show off his coaching abilities, accelerate his coaching career. That temptation dragged Hornacek away from us.
But note that Phoenix is farther on the rebuilding path than us. They have the assets to pull off a trade for a star. They are attractive enough for role player free agents to sign there. Longabardi might want to stay so he can win sooner, and the family situation in Phoenix isn’t that bad.

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By: Laura http://saltcityhoops.com/coaching-profile-mike-longabardi/#comment-42103 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:42:28 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=11202#comment-42103 That’s a valid point, Hess, and one I’ve been curious about, too. I LOVE that he’s been so defensively minded for the past few years, and part of me thinks that if he’s been able to tackle such a difficult part of the game with such aplomb over the last few years, certainly he could pick up nuances and tricks along the way about how to run a good offense. The part that has me especially encouraged about that is his year under Hornacek this past season. Phoenix had an offensive system that allowed their players to both run and also, at the same time, play with freedom in half-court sets. I’m hoping that some of Hornacek’s offensive schemes rubbed off on Longabardi, as well.

If not, that’s what assistant coaches are for, right? Maybe Jones, Jensen, or someone else to be brought in couple help compensate in that area if it’s not his forte.

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By: Hess http://saltcityhoops.com/coaching-profile-mike-longabardi/#comment-42030 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:30:57 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=11202#comment-42030 Alright i’m convinced. I want this guy, however, if you take him who do you bring in to run the offense? What i’ve read on him so far said that in Boston the defense was all that Doc ever wanted him to focus on. In Phoenix that could’ve definitely been the same. What about the offense though and player development? Not saying that Longabardi has nothing to contribute here, but these things don’t appear to be what he’s focused on during his coaching career.

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By: Laura http://saltcityhoops.com/coaching-profile-mike-longabardi/#comment-41979 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:48:15 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=11202#comment-41979 Thanks, LKA! I’m also firmly on the #NoBoylen train . . .

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By: LKA http://saltcityhoops.com/coaching-profile-mike-longabardi/#comment-40891 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:58:52 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=11202#comment-40891 Good article Laura. Being short myself you have my vote. Anyone but Boylen…

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