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Attention Basketball Fans! Here Are 3 Future NBA Coaches:

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Trying to predict the future can be hard. Trying to predict NBA coaches on the horizon might be impossible, but I will give it a try.

As I write this post the NBA finals are a few weeks away and it makes me think about future NBA coaches. Perhaps I am thinking about this because the LA Lakers are looking for a coach or maybe I am just day dreaming – regardless, here are a few thoughts on three future NBA coaches:

1. Derek Fisher – No question in my mind he will be a coach. He is a leader on the court, seems to be a big picture guy and has a bunch of NBA championships under his belt so getting the players respect will NOT be an issue.

 

2. Ray Allen – He is without question one of the best pure shooters in the history of the game. He has perfect form, always seems to be in a good mood, tells it like it is and is a winner. He is soft spoken which I think will be used to his advantage. I also believe he would have a great relationship with the media.

 

3. Jason Terry – Most of you are probably saying, “Who?” Jason Terry; the same Jason Terry who won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award a few years ago. Trust me, this guy KNOWS basketball. He give great interviews that any current NBA analyst would be proud of. He understand the value and importance of the media and always knows what to say and when to say it. Yes, he is emotional and at times and he loses control. I say, “So what? That’s not a bad thing!” I believe he will be a solid NBA coach!

Now your chance:

  • What do you think of my choices?
  • Do you agree with my 3 future coaches?
  • Who do you think will be a future coach?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Paying For The Past In The Future Is Really Dangerous!

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

I am sure you just read this post and thought, what is crazy Merrill thinking? What kind of title is that for a post? Why can’t he just be normal and have simple titles and thoughts?

I was driving around the other day and thinking about baseball. This led me to the NY Yankees and then to Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter. Both were GREAT professional baseball players. Derek Jeter is guaranteed to be in the Hall of Fame and Posada might get in as well. However, my point this morning isn’t about that. It is that they are getting paid for the past in the future. Let’s start with Jorge – as I said, he was a great catcher. Unfortunately for him, he really can’t catch anymore, clearly his bat speed isn’t there, and he isn’t hitting his weight, but because the NY Yankees signed him they have to deal with his issues. This involves letting him play out the season, having him ride the bench, or releasing him which could get REALLY ugly in the media. The same is true about Derek Jeter, except his contract goes much longer. He isn’t worth the $$$ he is getting this year, next year, or the year after. Even die-hard Yankee fans like Jeffrey, Steve, and Jennie would admit that. However, Jeter is the Yankee Captain, he is approaching 3,000 hits and is coming back for 3 more years, but that doesn’t really matter because the NY Yankees have an unlimited payroll budget, which few companies have.

I know this is a hard subject to think about especially when you relate this to business. We have all been around long time employees who unfortunately don’t contribute as much as they used to.

  • What do you think the Yankees should do?
  • What do you do when this happens in your business?
  • How do you handle the situation?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Do You Know Who Dirk Is? Well You Should Considering He Might Be One Of The 25 Greatest Basketball Players In The History Of The Game!

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

There are a lot of “loud” superstars and very few “quiet” ones. For example, I would say that Ray Allen is amazing. He might be one of the best pure shooters ever to put on a basketball uniform. He played most of his career in Seattle where he didn’t get a ton of attention and now plays in Boston with other superstars and probably doesn’t get the credit or status he deserves. 
 
Over the past 7 years I have had the pleasure to witness another quiet superstar. Think about these stats:

  • Dirk has played in 10 straight All-Star Games.
  • He has been on 1 of the All-NBA teams, 11 years in a row.
  • He was league MVP during the ‘06-‘07 season.
  • He has played in at least 73 games, 12 years in a row.
  • His Dallas Mavericks team has won at least 50 games, 11 years in row. Only 4 other teams have accomplished this. 

FYI, he is only 32 years old and pretty much has a healthy body for a big man since he doesn’t post up much.

  • He is 50th all-time in minutes played.
  • He is 39th all-time in 3 point field goals made.
  • He is 35th all-time in field goals made.
  • He is 28th all-time in career points.
  • He is 23rd all-time in defensive rebounds.
  • He is 14th all-time in career free throw percentage. 

Dirk already has more points than Larry Bird, Tim Duncan or George Gervin, and next year he will pass Elgin Baylor, Adrian Dantley and Charles Barkley.

  • I am curious, especially from fans in the Northeast – did you know he had these kinds of stats?
  • What do you think of this quiet superstar?
  • Do you think when his career is over he will be considered one of the top 10 basketball players of all time?
  • Name a few other quiet superstars.
  • Who is your favorite quiet superstar? 

I look forward to reading your comments.