It'd be "tough to imagine" Boston Celtics senior consultant Joe Mazzulla taking the Milwaukee Bucks' head coaching job that was vacated by the franchise's firing of Adrian Griffin, writes NESN's Adam London.
"It sounds like (Doc) Rivers’ job to lose, but even if the 2008 NBA champion wasn’t in the equation, it would be tough to imagine Milwaukee hiring Van Gundy," London prefaced before saying, "The 62-year-old hasn’t served as a head coach since the 2006-07 campaign and his pact with the Celtics marked his first job on an NBA staff in 16 years. With championship hopes very much alive and well in Milwaukee, the Bucks surely would prefer a coach who has been on the bench more recently."
Former championship Celtics coach Doc Rivers became the top candidate for the Bucks job in the wake of Griffin's firing, but not everyone is on board with Milwaukee's tentative coaching succession plan.
Former Boston Celtics championship coach not a good option for Bucks job, says analyst
CBS Sports' Bill Reiter believes the Bucks must consider every other option before putting the pen to paper with Rivers; who has not been officially signed despite a report from CNN that he had.
"The hard, simple truth is that Doc Rivers has proven himself, time and again - and certainly since leading the Boston Celtics to one championship 16 years ago - incapable of leading aspiring championship teams anywhere good," Reiter wrote.
"The Bucks, like the Clippers and Sixers before them, may fall for Rivers' siren song. But they're likely to learn the same lesson Philly did less than a year ago: That Doc Rivers might be great at selling the idea of Doc Rivers, but in the business of coaching basketball teams he's a mistake waiting to happen."
Good for Danny Ainge to get a draft pick out of a coach who is now seen as a toxic coaching candidate.