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4 Famous NBA Coaches in Basketball History

The National Association of Basketball Coaches had announced that Craig Robinson, a collegiate basketball coach for years and is also known to be Michelle Obama’s brother, will replace Jim Haney as the head of the organization. Robinson most recently worked for the NBA’s New York Knicks.

In an interview, he stated, “I’m extremely honored and excited for this tremendous and vital opportunity. I look forward to the challenges ahead.”

When it comes to basketball, it’s not just the players that make up the team. Their coaches also serve as guides when playing the game. They are the ones who strategize and help the players overcome their opponents. You can say that they are vital to every team’s success. So, here are some of the best NBA coaches that have made their mark in basketball history.

Phil Jackson

Many think of Phil Jackson as the greatest coach of all time. This is because he retired with 11 championships under his belt. He was also known for having coached some of the best players. These include Jordan, Kobe, Shaq, and Pippen. His record is an amazing 1,155-485. Jackson also won the NBA Coach of the Year Award in the 1995-1996 season. And in 2007, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

Red Auerbach

This basketball coach is known as the “Godfather of the NBA.” For over 30 years, he was the coach and executive of the Boston Celtics and has helped them win 9 championships, 8 of which were consecutive titles from 1959 to 1966. Auerbach had always understood the relevance of defense. He was the one who planned a pre-draft trade for Russell, who is still the best defensive center in league history. He has a record of 823-426, and in 1956 he won the NBA Coach of the Year Award. In 1969, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.  

Pat Riley

Pat Riley was the NBA head coach for the Lakers during the ’80s. You could not miss the guy who was widely known for his slick backed hair and Armani suits. He had a career as an NBA coach for 24 years. He worked with the Lakers, who he won 4 championships with, the Knicks and the Heat, who he also won 1 championship with. This 5th win of his was done with the help of Dwayne Wade and Shaq in 2006. Many consider it a mix of style, which is why he’s considered such a formidable coach. Riley has a record of 1,210-694. He won the NBA Coach of the Year three times (1990, 1993 and 1997). In 2008, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Gregg Popovich

In 1996, Popovich was the general manager of the Spurs until he fired Bob Hill and became the NBA head coach himself. It proved to be the right decision because, in his 13-year career as a coach, he had helped the San Antonio Spurs win 4 championships and achieve 633 wins with only 305 losses. Popovich is also known to work well with Tim Duncan, which is one of the reasons why they had won all those championships. He has a record of 797-383 and is eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.   

Considering all of these outstanding NBA coaches, no one can deny their significance in the game. This is also one of the many factors that basketball fans and bettors consider when choosing their teams.

For instance, sports bettors will look for new sportsbooks or top online bookies to place their bets on a certain basketball team. One of the many things that they could factor in is how well rounded the team is. They will take into consideration the stats of not just the team but the coaches as well. This is because NBA coaches are also the ones who help plan how the game will go and what would be the better strategy for a winning outcome.  

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NBA 2019-20 Season: 5 Games That Matter Most

Tipping off on October 22, 2019, a Tuesday, the NBA released on August 12 a complete game schedule for the NBA 2019-20 season. It is still two months away. But it won’t hurt if you start circling certain dates on your calendar, so you can have something to look forward to.

From one look at the game schedule alone, you’d know which games your favourite NBA team would likely win or lose against a stronger rival. Any benevolent fan can easily discern rest days, air travel, recovery and, the most important of all, national TV opportunities allowed for or required from the NBA team he or she roots for.

Then again, no fan would miss their best-loved teams.

Here Are the Most Anticipated Games for This Season

1) Los Angeles Clippers vs Los Angeles Lakers on October 22, 10:30 pm ET

Anthony Davis was one of the biggest trades that happened this season, so fans are looking forward to seeing him play along with LeBron James. The most significant free agency move, though, was Kawhi Leonard. The two NBA Finals hopefuls will definitely set this season ablaze, making it the most exciting unveiling to date.

2) New Orleans Pelicans vs Toronto Raptors on October 22, 8 pm ET

Before James and Leonard’s face-off, the feature attraction of the opening night aside from awarding the championship rings to the last season’s champion, Toronto Raptors, is Zion Williamson’s debut. He would be the first overall #1 draft pick who is playing on the opening night since 2008. At the Las Vegas summer league, Williamson played for only 9 minutes.

3) Dallas Mavericks vs New York Knicks on November 14, 8 pm ET

Kristaps Porzingis used to play for the Knicks and is now with the Mavericks. In the 2016-17 season, he was very vocal about the organizational dysfunction within the Knicks team, raising the ire of then-President Phil Jackson. Jackson was later fired. There had been an awkward silence until Porzingis purportedly asked for a trade. In July 2019, he signed a five-year contract extension worth $158 million with the Mavericks. He and Luka Doncic could make up the dynamic duo of this season. This game will solidify the claim “once a Knick, always a Knick” is true or not.

4) Los Angeles Clippers vs Toronto Raptors on December 11, 7 pm ET

This is one game where the fans are caught in the cross-fire thanks to Leonard who played with Raptors for a season and gave it its first NBA championship. Fans could go hostile against Leonard—their hero turned villain, but who knows. Emotions would be high in this game for sure. There is no expecting another Malice in the Palace, but we all want to know how this game would turn out.

5) New Orleans Pelicans vs Memphis Grizzlies on January 20, 5 pm ET

This would be the first game that Williamson would go head-to-head against Ja Morant, the #2 draft pick. According to NBA surveys, the two are early favourites; Williamson voted as the Most Athletic while Morant was the Best Playmaker. This could be one of the league’s newest rivalries to watch out for.

 

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