>> Rainmen owner Andre Levingston said Rick Lewis would stay on as head coach if the team’s bid to join the NBA Development League is successful. “This is my coach,” he said.
Wait… what? Seriously? This is a guy who was consistantly outcoached in the ABA. He was outcoached by the owner of the Atlanta Vision. He was outcoached by injured players. Injured ABA players. And you think this guy has the ability to coach D-League? The D-League is designed to allow players to slide easily into the NBA and often times teams run systems similar to their NBA affiliates so that players can easily slide in if given the call up. Lewis can barely execute ABA plays. He also has proven to be incompetent when it comes to selecting a balanced team, and he’s enraged players all season with his poor coaching and poor player management skills. He totally botched the development of Derico Wigington-Downey, too. He can’t win games. He can’t develop talent during the season. And players don’t like or respect him. Why would he possibly be back next season no matter what league the Rainmen are in?
That said there are three things that kind of temper my position:
1) The D-League is the least likely possibility when it comes to what league to join. Still – the guy was not even good by ABA standards.
2) I am sure Livingston was just being nice. He will boot the guy the second someone better comes along, I hope. (that said – Levingston is nothing if not loyal)
3) I actually think Lewis would be a fine assistant coach. By all accounts he is excellent when it comes to physical training and getting players into game shape.