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Friday, March 5th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  17 responses

Lindsey Hunter Wants to Coach

Hunter’s 17-year playing career came to an end yesterday, but he tells ESPN that he’s not quite finished with the game: “Hunter said he wasn’t surprised by the Bulls decision and that the team was upfront about him through the whole process. You got the sense that he knew once Joakim Noah went down for an extended time period with plantar fasciitis that he was probably the odd man out. The ironic thing is that Hunter’s job description won’t change much even though he’s not technically on the roster anymore. ‘[My duties] will be pretty much the same since I’ve been here,’ he said. ‘This is kind of the start of me re-inventing myself the second time. Nothing new.’ Hunter will continue to serve as a mentor to Derrick Rose and it’s likely that he will start on the path towards becoming a head coach in the near future for some team. ‘There’s not much I can tell [Derrick] now,’ he said laughing. ‘I still share things with him. Always try to keep him encouraged. And to grow into that leadership role that he’s become [comfortable with]. Now we have some more young guys that need that type of help. It’s just not limited to Derrick. It’s everybody who’s on this team that I try to help any way I can.”‘

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  • Sam Z

    first

  • Sam Z

    and i always thought lindsey hunter would be a good coach. hes seems like a very likeable guy that people will listen to and respect

  • tbizzle!

    yeah…i think he would be a pretty good coach myself. i cant believe he was the last man still standing from the 1993 draft class…i wonder who else is still getting minutes from that draft class…

  • tmw554

    nobody, at least not in the nba

  • http://slamonline.com Jacob J

    Lindsey would be a great coach in the NBA. He played for detroit and he was always smart and knew how to be a leader, when to step up and always played great D. Whenever Chauncey got hurt he always knew to step up and he delivered.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    give him kurt rambis’ job… should of had it yesterday.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    seems great players make crappy coachs (magic. drexler. etc.) And the so-so players make pretty good coaches.. If this theory is true Hunter will be just fine..

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    ^ add Isiah Thomas to examples..

  • mark

    @tbizzle

    shaq is from the 92 draft class

  • hushabomb

    This year he should jump on the Celtics bandwagon and try and mentor the youngsters (Rajon, Nate, T. Allen) actually how to act and play.
    Next year try to jump on a team that needs veteran leadership (a good start is the TWolves as they desperately need veteran leadership and will back up Coach Rambis)

  • therighttoremainsalient

    BossTerry – Larry Bird wasn’t such a bad coach, and we’ve not seen Jordan give it the ol’ college try just yet…. it’s more the players that had great bball IQ that can lead on the side line – Avery Johnson comes to mind.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I forgot Larry had coached for a bit… I think your onto something.. Maybe 10 years from now Shane Battier will win coach of the year..

  • md33

    Speaking of the little general, why can’t the man get a coaching job these days? You’ve Kikki f***ing Vandeweigh coaching in Jersey and Vinny Del Negro in Chicago, when a good coach that’s proven he can handle a team is sitting on hi @ss all year

  • The Philosopher

    I think Hunter would be a good coach for a young, rebuilding team. I don’t see an older, established team really respecting right away unless he was an assistant on an interim basis. But naturally, I can be wrong, but from what I’ve seen and understand, he was a class A teamate, consumate pro.

  • I am the walrus

    I want Eric Snow to be a head coach…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    He’ll make a fine coach, no doubt.
    The question here is: WHY ISN’T MARK JACKSON HIRED?

  • Shem

    Co-sign Boss Terry, He’d be a good coach always been a smart player

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