I agree.... Brad has shadowed and learned a lot I'm sure, like we do in medical school. He is very knowledgable in this space, but being the "doctor" in charge is a whole new ball game.Yeah that's huge.
I think that it's fair to have some reservations about Brad's ability to handle negotiations with other GMs, agents, and professional players. He lacks first hand experience being responsible for those engagements.
However, this isn't something that just materialized out of thin air. They have plans on top of plans, with contingency plans on top of them. Brad has been in those conversations with Danny, Zarren, and ownership. Danny didn't give two weeks notice and hand the keys to Brad. Brad will be navigating through plans that were socialized up and down the ladder already.
And agree about Zarren (and others?) being critical here, at least in this first offseason.
You never want to get sick in July with the new batch of interns roaming the floors, and for good reason. Let's hope Brad doesn't kill any patients early on before he gets his feet wet.