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Lots of opinions about the Thunder hire of Billy Donovan. But my favorite NBA analyst is David Thorpe, a former coach who now works with players individually -- he's worked with Serge Ibaka -- and is a regular contributor to truehoop blog. Thorpe talked about Donovan in an interview with Henry Abott, which you can read here. And here's what Thorpe says about Donovan. He's like Scotty Brooks. And Thorpe says that's a good thing. "I think he's going to be, oh boy, excuse me for saying this. I think it's going to be a lot like Scotty Brooks. I love Scotty Brooks. I think he's (Donovan) going to be a lot like him. I don't think he's the most creative offensive coach. That's the worst thing I can say about him. Guys are going to love playing for him. He's going to definitely preach defense. He'll probably get guys to share better than what they did in Oklahoma City, and if they can't, then we'll know it was just the players all along anyway." Oklahoman
"He's going to be really consistent with his message," Thorpe said of Donovan. "He used to be a maniac as a coach. By the way, so was I and pretty much every guy in their 20s coaching. Billy is really poised and mature with his guys. We're not best friends or anything, I've known him for probably 20some odd years now. But it was just a year ago, Florida had won 30 straight games. They were Kentucky a year ago without the NBA players. Had won 30 straight, then just got exhausted by the time the Final Four came around. But his guys will compete. He's the best coach in college, I think, in terms of getting his guys to really understand spacing. In the NBA, that will work out even better. That's a talent that he has. He knows how to talk to players and get into them and get the best out of them. I think he's more like Scotty Brooks. Again, I think that's a good thing. He'll be a different voice, he has a different way about him. He's a New York guy and all of that. So the end result will be positive. They're a really talented team, which is why I think he's going in the first place." Oklahoman
"Also remember this. He's coaching the B team for Team USA, the younger guys for Team USA, internationally. I think he's going to follow (Mike) Krzyzewski, at least I think he was going to follow Krzyzewski. I think a lot of people think that, once Coach K steps down (as national team coach). Maybe he won't now that he's in the NBA. But if he does, that's just going to be another opportunity to bond with NBA players, including, by the way, he's got two studs on his team that play for that team. So, I think he's got lots of factors in place. Even though, I liked Ettore Messina for that job, I think Billy will do very well. Like Scotty Brooks did." Oklahoman
In the latest episode of ESPN's TrueHoop TV, coach David Thorpe gives Jason Kidd about the most negative rating one could give a coach, squarely placing the blame for the Brooklyn Nets' early struggles on the team's new head coach. His exact words, when asked to rate Kidd: "He gets an F. He gets a 0. My wife could coach a team to a 29th ranking for that team. She doesn't know much about basketball. He just... his guys, I don't think they have any purpose and passion to what they're doing. I think they're discombobulated. Listen, Henry, he was an amazing player, one of my favorite of all time for a lot of different reasons, but our profession is different from his profession, and to assume that that transition is easy, it's a short bridge, is crazy. He has a long way to go to figure this out. Do I think he'll be better? Will they be better? It seems very likely. But as he's currently doing, he's the worst coach in the NBA." The Brooklyn Game
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