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Greatest Basketball Coaches of All-Time

Posted on: April 3, 2008 5:25 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2008 9:29 pm
 
...On the Professional or Collegiate level. My Top 10 list would go, as follows:

Number 10:
Lenny Wilkens

Number 9:
Phog Allen

Number 8:
Coach K

Number 7:
Pat Riley

Number 6:
Dean Smith

Number 5:
Phil Jackson

Number 4:
Adolph Rupp

Number 3:
Bobby Knight

Number 2:
Red Auerbach

Number 1:
John Wooden
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Comments

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2008 6:33 pm
 

Greatest Basketball Coaches of All-Time

I really don't think ANY NBA coach would be considered  one of the best basketball coaches of All-Time. NBA coaces use simple isolation packages because the defenses are limited. Their success is directly a result of the talent they have to complete these isolation packages. The ownership and GM's are more responsible for great teams because they are the ones that put these teams together. That's why a lot of college coaches don't make it in the NBA because they are more "managers" than coaches here.

College coaches should be considered but I only like the modern era's (since the inception of the NCAA tournament). Dean Smith, Rick Pitino, Eddie Sutton,  Bob Knight, Mike K, Nolan Richardson, John Thompson, Chaney, Summit and BOTH UCONN coaches all are some of the best of all time IMO.

 




Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2008 12:33 pm
 

Greatest Basketball Coaches of All-Time

But who put themselves in the position to do "more with less"? Dick Bennett, as you say, had 5 Midwest farm boys. Not the best recruiting job. Recruiting is a big a part of coaching as the actual "X's and O's" on court, as we saw with Tubby Smith. He was a genius when it came to play calling, but his recruiting was simply mediocre and that got him removed from the Kentucky job.



Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2008 10:34 pm
 

Greatest Basketball Coaches of All-Time

sorry about that,acidently entered it. as i was saying,or WHATEVER duke accomplished that year. if it wasnt a national title,which it was not (mich st), then in no way can you say that coach k achieved more with less than dick bennett. not even remotely close.



Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2008 10:31 pm
 

Greatest Basketball Coaches of All-Time

he is definitely a good coach,numbers dont lie, but alot of coaches and programs dont recruit nationally as he does. i personally find more merrit in dick bennetts final four appearance with wisconsin than dukes showing that year. with that kind of talent,they are supposed to win. coach k got coach of the year,and bennetts achievement falls by the wayside,but really, what the more impressive feat of coaching? dick bennett taking 5 midwest farm boys to a final four,or WHATEVER



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2008 7:45 pm
 

Greatest Basketball Coaches of All-Time

Sports-Trader, I can tell you for a fact that Krzyzewski is a top notch play caller. In the mold of Bobby Knight.

But that's not why he's up there. He's there for precisely the same reason you said he shouldn't be. He gets top notch players to come to a school that, before him, was run-of-the-mill at best. He made Duke who they are today. A feared team year in and year out.



Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2008 7:08 pm
 

Greatest Basketball Coaches of All-Time

i just cant see why everyone hold kryzewski in such high regard. he gets 10 high school all americans a year,my grandma could coach those guys. put someone up there with true talent,that can coach kids maybe without superior athletic ability, like bo ryan or better yet,dick bennett. jon chaney anyone? pete carril(?) from princeton.show some love to the guys who coached successfully at institutions that didnt get the cream of the crop recruiting classes,thats where the BEST coaches are found imo.



Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2008 6:40 pm
 

Greatest Basketball Coaches of All-Time

Frankie you have to remember that Phil Jackson never won anything without outstanding players. Every job he walked into: Jordan/Pippen, Shaq/Kobe. What has he been without them? Mediocre.



Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2008 5:49 pm
 

Greatest Basketball Coaches of All-Time

Jim Calhoun in the #10 spot, gotta love a guy who turns down an opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a Yankees game being a life-long Red Sox fan!



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2008 4:40 pm
 

Greatest Basketball Coaches of All-Time

Excuse me, frankie, but Bobby Knight will be remembered for being the winningest coach in Div-1 Men's Basketball History.

When people think of Bobby Knight they may, as you brought up, be reminded of his bouts with anger. I know I will. But I'll also remember a span from '74-'76 were he led his Hoosiers to a record of 63-1 (With the one loss being to Kentucky). People forget that the man won 3 National Championships. Most importantly with 3 different sets of players. Something Jackson or Wilkens never had to do.

You can't, by any means, justify Wilkens being above either Jackson or Knight. He won a grand total of 1 championship in 33 years. Knight won 3 in 45 years. And Jackson, impressively, has won 9 in 17 years.

But the biggest factor playing into Wilkens low ranking is the fact that he is not only the winningest coach in NBA history, but also holds the record for most losses in a coaching career.



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2008 1:06 pm
 

Greatest Basketball Coaches of All-Time

Bobby Knight holding the three spot above Phil Jackson is dispicable!  I thought this was suppose to be the Greatest coaches?  All Bobby Knight will be remembered by is his inmature, cry-baby, let me push a kid on the floor and throw a chair at a ref antics.  Hey i have no problem with cussing out a ref on a horrible call, but come on it goes to a certain extent.  Above all Lenny Wilkens , NBAs all time winningest coach, should be honored in the third spot with Phil Jackson behind him.  Come on dude get some knowledge befor posting something like this!



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