- Jul 21, 2005
I think Joe Mazzulla has more talent as a coach but is very early in realizing that talent and has a lot still to learn. I thought going into this past series there wasn’t a huge coaching edge either way and don’t really think differently in hindsight. So, for today I think it is pretty close.Would you say Doc is a better coach that Joe M.?
I can't say that I could really tell one way or the other, but I do like the culture the C's have built far more than Philly 's.
That said, if I were a GM hiring to fill a vacancy, I’d pick Mazzulla over Doc based on what I know and the fact that I think it all points to Mazzulla likely being a much better coach than Doc going forward. The biggest reasons for that are:
- Mazzulla seems to recognize that he still has a lot to learn. That’s a really really important attribute.
- Mazzulla tells his players he loves them and to trust their talent when they or the team struggle. Doc throws his players under the bus in the same situation.
- All indications are that Mazzulla has a lot more ability at designing successful systems on both ends of the ball. Doc has never seemed like that guy. One doesn’t need to be to succeed as a head coach, but it is a tightrope walk if you aren’t because your schemes depend on hiring and retaining excellent assistants.