Do you remember who Roy Rubin was? Rubin coached the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, generally regarded as the worst NBA team of all time. A 9-73 record speaks loudly as evidence toward the worst-ever claim.
|Tim Floyd's Bulls are in danger of breaking the record for losses in a season.|
At the All-Star break, the Bulls are 6-42, begging the question: How will we remember Tim Floyd?
Floyd has coached 180 NBA games and lost 144. In other words, he's won 36 games in 2½ seasons. That computes to a little more than three wins a month. Milwaukee's George Karl recently won his 600th game as an NBA head coach. But unlike Karl, Floyd can remember every single one of his victories.
Floyd became the coach after the dynasty ended, taking over on the heels of the Michael Jordan era in Chicago. He tried to convince Jordan to come back but could not pull it off. You don't want to be the coach who follows the legend. You want to be the coach who follows the coach who follows the legend. But Floyd wasn't afforded that luxury. The NBA called, and he took the job. He could not have foreseen that no one would want to play for the team he now coaches.
Despite genuine effort, Bulls management has done little to help him. Floyd is Custer right now, and he's taking a lot of arrows. Will the Bulls reward him and let him coach an actual team one year? Or will he be the sacrificial lamb?
Free agency has been a bust for the Bulls lately. And even the recent draft picks have under-produced. Marcus Fizer, a top-five pick, is contributing but still seems to be an odd size, the dreaded in-betweener. They also took Jamal Crawford from Michigan, but he can't even beat out the second-round pick, Khalid El-Amin. Their big free-agent signing was Ron Mercer, not exactly the foundation for rebuilding a dynasty.
Just what are the Bulls stockpiling? Is there some method to the madness? Floyd is probably waiting for an answer too. He's coming unraveled -- 16 consecutive losses would do that to anybody. This is not what you'd expect of a coach who's the son of a coach. He can't say it will get better next week, next month, or next year. He's coaching each day like it may
||Maybe the Bulls should do Floyd a service and put him out of his misery. Let him actually go and coach again someplace else where he has a chance to win, where he could breathe again. ”
be his last game -- and each one could be.
Maybe the Bulls should do Floyd a service and put him out of his misery. Let him actually go and coach again someplace else where he has a chance to win, where he could breathe again.
Would Floyd say he made a mistake taking on the Bulls? No. He doesn't strike me as that type of guy. But would he welcome the opportunity to actually be able to coach again? Yes. He's being a good soldier. So was Custer.
The question returns. We remember Roy Rubin. Will we remember Tim Floyd for similar reasons?