Paul Gutierrez in the Sacramento Bee presents an ode to Reggie Theus this morning. While I knew Theus had some sort of relationship with the Maloofs, I didn't know how close they all were.
I haven't really given my thoughts on Theus The Coach before, so here goes:
Again, I haven't watched NM St. But that incredible first-year difference — without the benefit of a full recruiting class — indicates to me that Mr. Theus has some coaching chops. The huge jumps in offensive efficiency weren't due to some gimmick — the team played at a similar pace. And that defensive efficiency jump his first year tells me he can motivate. Whether Theus has just college coaching chops or real, translatable coaching chops… none of us knows.But add in his respect for the Maloofs, his relationship with Garcia, and his obvious desire to coach the Sacramento Kings… and I'd endorse the hire. Hiring coaches is a crap shoot. You could a ton worse than Reggie Theus. (Read: Eric Musselman.)