|Posted by shawn cassidy on May 30, 2013 at 5:25 AM|
I remember this very vividly. It was during the 2008 season when the Celtics had three young big men, in big roles during the title season. It was about two hours before tip-off, and the only Celtics on the court were Perkins, Big Baby, and Leon Powe. This game was at Oracle Arena by the way. Along with those three bigs was Clifford Ray an assistant coach at the time. He was with the C's from 2005-2010. I felt that Ray was a huge mentor for those young big men, and I felt like the Celtics have been lacking someone like that for the past couple of years. Ray was helping the guys on the floor before the game, and I get a sense throughout the season that they were learning so much from him, and new Celtic Kevin Garnett of course, but it was nice for those guys to fall back onto somebody who could relate to the life of a big. Rondo has Doc to fall back on, and I think it would be good for Sully, and even Bass to talk to a coach who can help with big men problems.
I bring this up because Karl Malone the great power forward that played for the Jazz for 18 seasons has returned to help the Jazz and their big men.
Jazz CEO Greg Miller said Wednesday that Malone will work with Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter, as well as other players. The team says no specific schedule has been set for Malone's involvement. Miller said it will be a part-time, consulting type of arrangement with Malone working periodically with Favors and Kanter.
The move brings back one of the franchise's greatest players at a time when the team is trying to build a contending team around Favors, Kanter and swingman Gordon Hayward. The Jazz missed the playoffs this past season.
"With his success as a power forward in the NBA and the length of his career, he's obviously got a lot to teach," Miller said of Malone. "We're fortunate that he's now willing to make himself and his expertise available to us."
The Celtics could go a few routes. They could bring in a specialist from the outside. I would be good with that if it helped.They could also find a former NBA big man who knew the role first hand. But I believe deep down inside I would want a past Celtic great. Could it be Parish? Perhaps, or it could be Cowens. I would lean towards Cowens for the fact that he has been a head coach, and an assistant coach in the NBA. I think his mindset is something to engage in if your a big wanting to learn the right way. Although I would like to see that. I think it's unlikely. I just want the Celtics to get better up front. I think it's the Celtics road to a banner if they think big. They need to figure something out, and I think a good way of doing that is hiring someone to coach the big men.