Let me start off by saying that I've been one to critisize VDN and honestly I want him gone. But I've been thinking lately about something. When I compare him to Scott Skiles first few seasons here, I think I would choose VDN's style and success over Skiles. Why?
Because I watched an experienced coach like Scott Skiles run Tyson Chandler out of town. Because I watched an experienced coach like Skiles not want to coach guys like JR Smith and Tim Thomas while those guys played deep in the playoffs that year. Because I watched an experienced coach like Skiles get into pissing matches with players and argue over headbands. Because I watched and experienced coach like Skiles religously start out each season 0-8 or 2-10 as if he didn't know his own players and what there roles should be. Also, he didn't have the greatest substituions patterns himself (See not playing Tyrus more against the Pistons in the '06 playoffs or him benching BG against the Wizards in the final minutes of the final playoff game in '05). My point is experience isn't everything.
Hey X and Os wise Skiles is one of the best in the league but in other facets of the game VDN is better and (I can't believe I'm saying this) may have earned another shot next year. The main reason for this may be because of another important part of coaching...Player Development. It's hard to argue against VDN when it comes to the development of Tyrus and Noah. I know injuries had a part in these kids playing more but we all know if Skiles were here these guys would've still had a hard time getting minutes. From what I've read, VDN encouraged TT to shoot his jumper more. Some don't like it but it breeds confidence in a young player like Tyrus and pushes him to explore other parts of his game. Now we're starting to see why he was drafted where he was. While Rose is going to be great, shouldn't the head coach be given a small amount of credit? Trust me if Rose was having the same season with Avery Johnson or Scott Skiles coaching, we'd be reading countless articles about how Rose has developed under the guidence and tutelage of a coach who played the position.
OK maybe I'm bored and just looking to drum up some controversy and conversation but hey that's why we're here right? I've watch VDN lose at least 5-7 games on his own this year and yes I'm sick of him and of his dumb decisions and even dumber timeouts. But you know what? Part of a coaches job is to get the best out of his players and honestly folks we got a ROY at PG, a starting 2-guard having his most consistent year as a pro, and a starting PF and Center having career years. Meanwhile VDN is going to be coaching a possble 6th seed in the playoffs while the guy we all wanted, Mike Dantoni will be watching at home. Sorry but honestly, the Bulls may actually have a credible explanation for bringing this guy back.