Throwing recently fired coaches under the bus seems to be en vogue in the League these days.
After Mark Cuban said his continued employment of Avery Johnson nearly caused a mutiny in the Dallas locker room, Rip Hamilton (and his ghastly beard) spoke of his feelings toward ex-Pistons coach Flip Saunders.
From the Detroit Free Press:
And by doing so [Hamilton] added his name to the list of those critical of former coach Flip Saunders.
“I had a son and that was one of the greatest times of my life so I was never actually mad or disappointed,” he said. “I was disappointed sometimes with the way Flip did things. That was the most frustrating thing about it. My personal life and everything I did off the court were the greatest things; but more than anything I was frustrated with how Flip ran things.”
Both Rick Carlisle and Michael Curry are coming into pretty ideal situations; that is to say, their players are seemingly so relieved to have gotten rid of the former coach, that the new guy can probably get away with a thing or two (for a little while, anyway.)