With apologies to former Boston Celtics coach, Rick Pitino: ”Bernie Bickerstaff is not coming through that door! Larry Brown is not going to be walking through that door! And Sam Vincent isn’t walking through that door!” Sam can’t walk through that door because he can’t figure out how the handle works, or if it’s a push or a pull. Actually, the only guy welcome to walk through any door at 333. East Trade is Paul Silas, and that’s because he’s actually still a member of the franchise, in some undefined role.
Paul Silas won’t be coaching the team again next season. As discussed at length, you can’t keep the CEO of Lehmann Brothers around after the great collapse of 2008 and you can’t keep the head coach of a team that went 7-59 around for another year. I appreciate what all those names above did for the team in their time. All, except of course, for Sam “Ham Biscuit” Vincent. Bernie got things rolling as head coach and general manager and actually never let the team finish in last place. He was integral to the roots of development that the franchise started out with. He was around for 4 years, but coached for 3 seasons. He wasn’t Michael Jordan’s guy, so his contract wasn’t renewed. He was sent on his way, given a very awkward “retirement” party after the final game of the ’06-’07 season. Awkward, because he didn’t retire. He went on to be an assistant coach with both Chicago under Vinny Del Negro and Portland under Nate McMillan and whoever the hell replaced Nate when he got the axe.