Mark Price is the best available head coaching candidate for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
This is not a question of nostalgia, but rather a matter of practicality and reality. Price, while by far the most popular Cavalier in the history of the franchise, has the playing experience and success to demand respect, the technical expertise to help mold a young team’s skills, and the background of having worked for and with some of the most accomplished head coaches in the history of the NBA.
The 2012-13 Cleveland Cavaliers were famously terrible on defense, allowing a league high 47.6% FG against, the Cavs also only managed 43.4% FG themselves, second worst in basketball.
There is not a living man more qualified to address shooting issues than Mark Price. To help create that 12 to 15 foot Tristan Thompson jump shot. To improve Dion Waiters shot selection. To help prevent prolonged Tyler Zeller shooting slumps. To provide whatever is necessary to turn Kyrie Irving into one of the greatest shooters and point guards of all time.
Moreover, to provide immeasurable intangibiles to a team in need of direction in how to act as a team instead of a collection of individuals, to turn five fingers into a hardened fist.
The common current list in circulation for NBA head coaching jobs right now is essentially identical to the last season’s: Michael Curry, Lindsay Hunter, Brian Shaw, and Michael Malone. Chris Grant and Dan Gilbert can rehash this list, consider their options limited to it and the availability of former coach Mike Brown, but they should face the obvious answer.
Connection to the Cleveland community: Mark Price cares about the Cavaliers. He already has a legacy with the franchise and was a part of some of its greatest moments. He still holds many of the team’s records. He’s beloved in the town and respected as one of the classiest and best human beings in the history of Cleveland athletics.
His character is unimpeachable. If there’s an individual who merits a statue outside the Quicken Loans Arena, a man who personifies moral character and true loyalty, it’s Mark Price. There are other men of high character who could fill this role, but not one who could bring more integrity and greater support of the City of Cleveland to the sidelines of the Cavaliers bench than Mark Price.
Experience with successful coaches: Mark Price famously played on the Cavaliers for legend Lenny Wilkens and one time defensive guru Mike Fratello. While a Golden State Warrior, Price played under the Rick Adelman. Finishing his career on the Orlando Magic, Price played for Chuck Daly. While a member of the gold medal winning Dream Team II, Price played under Don Nelson.
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