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Report: Mark Price to interview for Cavaliers’ head-coaching position

Jun 9, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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Before LeBron James, Mark Price was probably the best player in Cavaliers history. The sweet-shooting guard is still beloved in Cleveland.

So, though Price might be a longshot – Alvin Gentry and Tyronn Lue are interviewing with Dan Gilbert – Cavaliers fans must be thrilled about this development:

Price, who spent this season as a Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) assistant coach, has a bright future in coaching. But he lacks experience – at least by the standard established prior to Jason Kidd, Steve Kerr and Derek Fisher.

By comparison to those three, though, Price is a seasoned pro. Before joining Charlotte, he served as a player-development coach for the Magic and shooting coach for the Grizzlies, Hawks and Warriors.

But a few suspect hires elsewhere don’t mean the Cavaliers should rush to hire Price. He wasn’t even an on-the-bench assistant in Charlotte this season. Though with assistant Bob Beyer joining Stan Van Gundy’s staff in Detroit, Price is slated to move up from behind the bench if he remains in Charlotte.

Maybe the Cavaliers want to buy Price stock before it matures. We’re not far from him regularly interviewing for head-coaching jobs. And if Cleveland wants to take a chance on Price, that’s totally defensible.

The biggest argument I have against it is that all NBA coaches are on a clock to get fired. Sooner or later – at least outside San Antonio and maybe wherever Doc Rivers is coaching – their message wears thin, and the team tunes them out. It’s inevitable.

Why start Price’s clock while he’s still learning the ropes? Wait until he’s ready, so his first year or two on the clock isn’t wasted.

Then again, if the Cavaliers wait, they might not have another shot at him.

  1. campcouch - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Why not,but I’m sure the young players on the team have zero idea who he is. I still have my #25 jersey still…I mean it’s tight…actually it doesn’t fit..but if the trend is PGs to coaches,why not. Price was pretty awesome prior to his injury. Besides,hiring retreads doesn’t seem to work anyways.

  2. cantonb0und13 - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    LMAO!

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      dude KNEW how to find the bottom of the basket…

  3. timmons94 - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Why not.. Mark price was one of best cavs ever… Dude could flat out shoot.. Mark price for 3……,…howie chizek .. The good old days in richfield

  4. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    At least they’d be good at shooting FTs.

  5. csbanter - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Price was Steve Nash-lite back in the day.

  6. realfootballfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    it’s worth a shot rather than another retread. Jeff Hornacek did great this year. Either he’ll be like him, or he’ll be like Isiah Thomas as a coach. What do they have to lose? Nowhere to go but up.

  7. ndirishfan1 - Jun 10, 2014 at 3:17 AM

    So the argument made in this column is that the Cavs shouldn’t hire Price because they can hire somebody else, fire that person and then go after Price in a few years when he’s “ready”?

    • stephenolszewski - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      That would be such a Cleveland move though…

  8. 00maltliquor - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:46 AM

    The biggest argument I have against it is that all NBA coaches are on a clock to get fired. Sooner or later – at least outside San Antonio and maybe wherever Doc Rivers is coaching – their message wears thin, and the team tunes them out. It’s inevitable.
    ——————————————————————————————————————

    Saddest and truest statement ever. For 8 million less it’s no wonder why Calipari stayed in the NCAA ranks where he’s loved and worshiped. You’d almost be a fool to leave that when you have it that good.

  9. Great Caesar's Ghost - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Okay, do all 80s/90s guards have coaching or front office jobs yet? Jay Humphries, you’re up!

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