Is there a future coach on the Hawks? Atlanta’s point guards weigh in
It's probably not a coincidence that the likes of Byron Scott, Derek Fisher and Jason Kidd are currently NBA head coaches. The conventional wisdom is that point guards make the best team leaders, both when they're playing and after their days on the court are done. It's a sentiment that NBA GMs echoed this offseason in their annual survey, in which the top five candidates for future head coaches were all current point guards.
So what about the Atlanta Hawks? Do any of their three point guards harbor dreams of becoming coaches when they're done playing? The Hawks' official team website put the question to Jeff Teague, Dennis Schroder and Shelvin Mack at one of Atlanta's final practices before the regular season tips off, and the three offered a variety of answers.
For Schroder, it's too soon to be thinking about life after basketball:
Mack, on the other hand, was clear in his response. He will be a head coach someday:
And Teague was somewhere in the middle. He wants to be a coach, but being the head man might be too much responsibility for the All-Star point guard:
Regardless of their feeling on the possibility of coaching in the future, one thing is clear. The Hawks are in good hands with their point guards, who are veritable player-coaches.
“Not yet. It's too far (off in the future),” he said. “But I don't think I'd like to coach. I probably would like to be in real estate and all that kind of stuff.”
“I definitely want to be a head coach,” he said. “I feel like I'm intelligent about the game. I know a lot of things and watch a lot of games, and I've played for some great coaches. I feel like I'd have great input on certain situations like a coach would have.”
“I'll be a coach, but I don't want to be a head coach,” he said with a grin. “Right now, I can't see myself as a head coach.”