I don’t see Thib as vulnerable. He has a hell of a good track record, and I’m sure he had a lot to do with roster configuration, which looks as good as it ever has for Minnesota. It may take some time to develop the team into a contender, but fans and management see progress. Looks good from where I sit.
Stotts does need to do more defensive drilling for the Blazers. If he does that, I think they’ll be competitive and get into the playoffs again.
Lue is not an experienced coach, and it showed in so many ways during the regular season and the playoffs last season. The main question for him is, can he get better? Can he train and drill defense so Cleveland isn’t so awful at it? Can he get his team to knuckle down and play to win (thereby developing good playoff habits) during the regular season? Can he learn to manage minutes wisely? Can he back down on iso offense a bit and get the entire team more involved in breaking down defenses and getting scores? Can he handle the turbulent waters of possible trades and get his team back into fighting shape anyway? He’ll have to do all of that to survive. The secondary question is, will Dan Gilbert meddle? He always does, so the answer is ‘yes.’ That isn’t going to make Lue’s job easier or his longevity more likely.
Casey’s roster is indeed looking awfully pared-down. Toronto isn’t likely to have a stellar season no matter what he does. If I were Toronto’s owner, I’d take a patient approach, build the team back to strength over the next season or two, and not mess with Casey, because he’s a strength. It wouldn’t be easy to replace him with someone better, not easy at all. It remains to be seen if Toronto’s ownership is wise enough to stay the course.
Stan Van Gundy’s head is probably on the chopping block. There’s really no-one else to take responsibility for the travesty that the Pistons have become.
Doc is living on borrowed time. He is not the guy you want either coaching or managing the Clippers. Jerry West’s arrival as an adviser is probably the first step. It’ll take some time to find people West approves of to move on from Doc. (West gives out his approvals sparingly.) But once West finds the right manager and the right coach, look for things to move quickly. Ballmer is not afraid to make management decisions, and he knows he’s getting the best and most expert advice available anywhere. The Clippers need to step up their management game, and this is how to do it.
Once Doc is gone, his son won’t be far behind. Rivers’ contract was bad on so many levels. The Clips need to move on from him, too.