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Can a person who’s never played basketball be a good basketball coach?

Doubtful. What is clear is that every good basketball coach played basketball at some level. They did not have to be good basketball players themselves, however.

Red Auerbach – played basketball at the high school level

John Kundla – played basketball at the high school level

Red Holzman – played for the Rochester Royals

Jerry Sloan – played for the Chicago Bulls

Don Nelson – played for the Boston Celtics

Bill Sharman – a HOF player for the Boston Celtics

Lenny Wilkens – a HOF player for the Atlanta Hawks

Phil Jackson – played for the LA Lakers

Pat Riley – played for the New York Knicks

Larry Brown – played for various ABA teams

Gregg Popovich – played for the US Air Force Academy

Steve Kerr – played for the Chicago Bulls

John Calipari – played for Clarion University

Jim Boeheim – played for Eastern Professional Basketball League

Bob Knight – played for Ohio State

Mike Krzyzewski – played under Bob Knight at the US Army

Dean Smith – played for Kansas

Phog Allen – played for Kansas under James Naithsmith (the inventor of basketball)

Adolph Rupp – played under Phog Allen at Kansas

John Wooden – played basketball for the Indianapolis Jets

Jack Ramsay – played basketball for the Eastern Pennsylvania Basketball League

I haven’t been able to find information on whether Chuck Daly or Bill Fitch played basketball but they seem to be the exceptions rather than the norm for great basketball coaches

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In your opinion, what numbers should each NBA team retire?

There are obviously teams with numbers I think they should retire and numbers that they retired that I don’t agree with.

So that said, here’s my listing of each NBA team and the numbers I think should be retired for that team, in my opinion

Oklahoma City Thunder:

#0 – Russell Westbrook
#1 – Gus Williams (Seattle Supersonics)
#20 – Gary Payton (Seattle Supersonics)
#24 – Dennis Johnson (Seattle Supersonics)
#24 – Spencer Haywood (Seattle Supersonics)
#25 – Jack Sikma (Seattle Supersonics)
#34 – Ray Allen (Seattle Supersonics)
#35 – Kevin Durant
#40 – Shawn Kemp (Seattle Supersonics)

Portland Trailblazers:

#0 – Damian Lillard
#7 – Brandon Roy
#12 – Lamarcus Aldridge
#20 – Maurice Lucas
#22 – Clyde Drexler
#30 – Terry Porter
#32 – Bill Walton

Sacramento Kings:

#1 – Tiny Archibald (Cincinnati Royals)
#2 – Mitch Richmond
#4 – Chris Webber
#12 – Maurice Stokes (Cincinnati Royals)
#14 – Oscar Robertson (Cincinnati Royals)
#16 – Jerry Lucas (Cincinnati Royals)
#16 – Peja Stojakovic
#27 – Jack Twyman (Cincinnati Royals)

Golden State Warriors:

#6 – Neil Johnston (Philadelphia Warriors)
#9 – Andre Iguodala
#11 – Paul Arizin (Philadelphia Warriors)
#11 – Klay Thompson
#13 – Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia Warriors)
#17 – Chris Mullin
#23 – Draymond Green
#24 – Rick Barry
#30 – Stephen Curry
#35 – Kevin Durant
#42 – Nate Thurmond

Los Angeles Clippers:

#3 – Chris Paul
#6 – DeAndre Jordan
#11 – Bob McAdoo (Buffalo Braves)
#32 – Blake Griffin
#42 – Elton Brand

Los Angeles Lakers:

#13 – Wilt Chamberlain
#16 – Pau Gasol
#17 – Jim Pollard (Minneapolis Lakers)
#19 – Vern Mikkelsen (Minneapolis Lakers)
#22 – Elgin Baylor
#24 – Kobe Bryant
#25 – Gail Goodrich
#32 – Magic Johnson
#33 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
#34 – Shaquille O’Neal
#42 – James Worthy
#44 – Jerry West
#52 – Jamaal Wilkes
#89 – Clyde Lovellette (Minneapolis Lakers)
#99 – George Mikan (Minneapolis Lakers)

Minnesota Timberwolves:

#21 – Kevin Garnett
#42 – Kevin Love

Milwaukee Bucks:

#1 – Oscar Robertson
#4 – Sidney Moncrief
#8 – Marques Johnson
#10 – Bob Dandridge
#33 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
#34 – Giannis Antetokounmpo

Indiana Pacers:

#7 – Jermaine O’Neal
#13 – Paul George
#30 – George McGinnis
#31 – Reggie Miller
#34 – Mel Daniels
#35 – Roger Brown

Denver Nuggets:

#2 – Alex English
#12 – Fat Lever
#15 – Carmelo Anthony
#33 – David Thompson
#44 – Dan Issel
#55 – Dikembe Mutombo

Utah Jazz:

#4 – Adrian Dantley
#7 – Pete Maravich (New Orleans Jazz)
#8 – Deron Williams
#12 – John Stockton
#27 – Rudy Gobert
#32 – Karl Malone
#53 – Mark Eaton

Phoenix Suns:

#1 – Amar’e Stoudemire
#7 – Kevin Johnson
#13 – Steve Nash
#31 – Shawn Marion
#34 – Charles Barkley
#42 – Connie Hawkins
#44 – Paul Westphal

Dallas Mavericks:

#2 – Jason Kidd
#22 – Rolando Blackman
#24 – Mark Aguirre
#41 – Dirk Nowitzki

Houston Rockets:

#1 – Tracy McGrady
#3 – Steve Francis
#11 – Yao Ming
#13 – James Harden
#22 – Clyde Drexler
#23 – Calvin Murphy
#24 – Moses Malone
#34 – Hakeem Olajuwon
#45 – Rudy Tomjanovich

San Antonio Spurs:

#2 – Kawhi Leonard
#9 – Tony Parker
#12 – Bruce Bowen
#20 – Manu Ginobili
#21 – Tim Duncan
#21 – Alvin Robertson
#44 – George Gervin
#50 – David Robinson

Chicago Bulls:

#1 – Derrick Rose
#10 – Bob Love
#23 – Michael Jordan
#25 – Chet Walker
#33 – Scottie Pippen
#53 – Artis Gilmore
#91 – Dennis Rodman

Detroit Pistons:

#1 – Chauncey Billups
#3 – Ben Wallace
#4 – Joe Dumars
#10 – Dennis Rodman
#11 – Isiah Thomas
#12 – Bailey Howell
#12 – George Yardley (Fort Wayne Pistons)
#16 – Bob Lanier
#21 – Dave Bing
#33 – Grant Hill

Miami Heat:

#1 – Chris Bosh
#3 – Dwayne Wade
#6 – Lebron James
#10 – Tim Hardaway
#32 – Shaquille O’Neal
#33 – Alonzo Mourning

New Orleans Pelicans:

#3 – Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets)
#23 – Anthony Davis

Memphis Grizzlies:

#16 – Pau Gasol
#33 – Marc Gasol

Charlotte Hornets:

#2 – Larry Johnson
#15 – Kemba Walker
#41 – Glen Rice

Cleveland Cavaliers:

#2 – Kyrie Irving
#23 – Lebron James
#25 – Mark Price
#43 – Brad Daughtery

Philadelphia 76ers:

#2 – Moses Malone
#3 – Allen Iverson
#4 – Dolph Schayes (Syracuse Nationals)
#6 – Julius Erving
#10 – Maurice Cheeks
#13 – Wilt Chamberlain
#15 – Hal Greer
#21 – Joel Embiid
#24 – Bobby Jones
#32 – Billy Cunningham
#34 – Charles Barkley

Toronto Raptors:

#2 – Kawhi Leonard
#4 – Chris Bosh
#7 – Kyle Lowry
#10 – Demar Derozan
#15 – Vince Carter

Orlando Magic:

#1 – Tracy McGrady
#1 – Penny Hardaway
#12 – Dwight Howard
#32 – Shaquille O’Neal

Washington Wizards:

#0 – Gilbert Arenas
#2 – John Wall
#11 – Elvin Hayes (Baltimore Bullets)
#25 – Gus Johnson (Baltimore Bullets)
#41 – Wes Unseld (Baltimore Bullets)

Atlanta Hawks:

#2 – Joe Johnson
#9 – Bob Pettit (St Louis Hawks)
#14 – Lenny Wilkens (St Louis Hawks)
#14 – Zelmo Beaty (St Louis Hawks)
#15 – Al Horford
#16 – Cliff Hagan (St Louis Hawks)
#21 – Dominique Wilkins
#22 – Slater Martin (St Louis Hawks)
#23 – Lou Hudson
#55 – Dikembe Mutombo

Brooklyn Nets:

#3 – Drazen Petrovic (New Jersey Nets)
#5 – Jason Kidd (New Jersey Nets)
#32 – Julius Erving (New Jersey Nets)
#52 – Buck Williams (New Jersey Nets)

New York Knicks:

#7 – Carmelo Anthony
#9 – Richie Guerin
#10 – Walt Frazier
#15 – Earl Monroe
#19 – Willis Reed
#22 – Dave Debusschere
#30 – Bernard King
#33 – Patrick Ewing

Boston Celtics:

#0 – Robert Parish
#3 – Dennis Johnson
#5 – Kevin Garnett
#6 – Bill Russell
#9 – Rajon Rondo
#10 – Jo Jo White
#14 – Bob Cousy
#15 – Tom Heinsohn
#17 – John Havlicek
#18 – Dave Cowens
#21 – Bill Sharman
#22 – Ed Macauley
#24 – Sam Jones
#31 – Cedric Maxwell
#32 – Kevin McHale
#33 – Larry Bird
#34 – Paul Pierce

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Could Kobe Bryant and Shaq really have won twelve rings together if Shaq had stayed on the Lakers?

No. I’m going to say something that seems like blasphemy to some people particularly Lakers fans: the Shaq-Kobe duo is overrated. There I said it.

Now, before you come at me with pitchforks, hear me out: Shaq and Kobe were a great duo, but many people tend to put them at their #1 or #2 spots all time in terms of all time duos. I think this is slightly overrating them. Let’s look at their actual accomplishments together:

1998–1999: the Shaq-Kobe duo got bounced out of the playoffs by the Jazz and Spurs.

2000: Shaq-Kobe got taken to 7 games by the Portland Trail Blazers (with aging Pippen / Sabonis). They took 6 games to beat the 2000 Pacers in the Finals – the 2000 Pacers is not one of the all time great Finals teams people bring up.

2001: This is probably their only dominant playoff run together. They swept every team in the playoffs and defeated the 2001 76ers (also not one of the all time great Finals teams) in 5 games.

2002: Shaq-Kobe got taken to 7 games – again – by the Sacramento Kings this time. In the infamous Game 6, they needed several and I mean several ref calls to really go their way in order to win the game. Then they swept the 2002 Nets (again, not one of the all time great Finals teams).

2003: Shaq-Kobe duo got bounced out of the playoffs by Duncan’s Spurs.

2004: Shaq-Kobe acquired Payton/Malone and went all the way to the Finals, only to lose to the 2004 Pistons (with only one all star, Ben Wallace) – in 5 games.

So – consider this – people name the Shaq-Kobe duo as the greatest of all time. In reality – they almost lost to the Blazers in 2000, almost lost to the Kings in 2002, lost to the one all star Pistons in 2004, got bounced in 1998/1999/2003 and in their Finals wins won against inferior East teams. They had one great playoff run which was 2001. Are they really as good as people think they were?

Personally, I think the Malone-Stockton Jazz were a better duo – an unpopular opinion because they didn’t win any rings – but they were up against Michael Jordan’s Bulls in the Finals, a team that would wipe the floor with the 2000 Pacers or 2001 76ers or 2002 Nets. They also easily beat Shaq-Kobe en route to the Finals. So why do people think Shaq-Kobe is so much better than Malone-Stockton?

tldr; to answer the question, no I don’t think Shaq/Kobe would win 12 rings together if they stayed together. I’m doubtful they would have beat the 2005 Spurs the next season.