Okay. This is just getting absurd. Rick Lewis is an absolute menace and needs to be stopped. The guy is the Mike Dunleavy of the PBL. Has there ever been a case of a guy lucking into a (relatively) high profile job he is totally unqualified for and actually keeping it for two years like Lewis has? What is the equivelent to this? The only thing I can think of is Adrian Grenier from Entourage. Lewis lucked out when the original coach bailed/got fired and now he’s just destroying this organization from the inside out.
First he puts together a line up without a centre or shooting guard, then he goes through training camp without putting in any offensive sets, then he proves to everyone that the team has no confidence in him, then he manages to suspend the star player, now he’s publicly calling out a hardworking player after benching him. This guy is a plague on the franchise.
I also challenge the basic premise of his benching of Jeanty. Lewis said “The things Cordell’s been giving us in the past few games did not call for him to be on the floor at this time,” Cordell didn’t play great but over the last four games he was averaging 8.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg in 24 mpg. He was shooting 53% and had a total of 3 steals and 3 assists compared to just 3 turnovers. Yeah – cut his minutes, but to bench him and publicly berate him is just plain excessive.
There seems to be consensus that Rick Lewis has something on Andre Levingston – I think we need to start a collection to hire a Private Investigator to not just find out what it is he has, but if it’s something that can be stolen to steal it. Once we acquire said pictures/documents we will use them as leverage to force Levingston to bring in a real coach. This is unbearable.
Let Shannon Hansen take over. Les Berry is currently unemployed. Hell, Garry Gallimore looks like he’ll have some spare time on his hands now. Both Andre and Jad are more qualified than Lewis. This has crossed the line from bad for the team on the court to the point where keeping Lewis around is costing Andre, Jad, et al. tens of thousands of dollars. After tomorrow morning’s Metro comes out it means that there will have been a negative story about the team appearing in at least one paper in 3 of the last 4 weeks. Great PR.
I came into this season optimistic and willing to give Lewis the benefit of the doubt. I was telling myself things like “He was thrown into the job last minute,” “He’ll go to some clinics, read some books, and order some DVDs in the off-season” and “Andre Levingston is a smart guy. He wouldn’t bring him back if he didn’t think he could handle it” but I am at the point where I am considering printing up “FREE CROOK” and “FIRE LEWIS” t-shirts and selling them outside the MetroCentre.