Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond had to make a very difficult decision regarding the team’s next head coach. There were several solid candidates to choose from that would be a good fit for the Bucks, but Hammond wanted to find someone who could be more than just a great head coach. Hammond believes Larry Drew can take Milwaukee to the next level, and he is convinced the former Atlanta Hawks coach is the right man for the job.
“We made calls regarding Larry Drew and background checks, but there were also a lot of calls that came in regarding Larry,” Hammond said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “A lot of unsolicited calls. Larry has been in this business for about 30 years. He played for 10, longtime assistant coach and the last three years as a head coach for the Atlanta Hawks.
“But in talking to people about Larry – we talked to teammates of his, coaches that coached him, we talked to head coaches that he served as an assistant coach under, we talked to executives, and to players who played for him. And almost every person started by talking about Larry Drew the man.
“We talked about basketball of course. … But they would always say, ‘Don’t forget about what this guy stands for as a person. Don’t forget how much he loves his family.’”
Drew enforces an exciting style of basketball. He will utilize every player’s strength and push his team to the brink to become better. The Bucks simply play better when they move down the court quickly, which is why it will be interesting to see how they respond to the tempo of play Drew wants to run.
The 55-year-old plans on taking a different approach to coaching the Bucks then former head coach Scott Skiles took. Instead of getting all over the players on a daily basis, Drew plans on being friends with the men he coaches. It is unknown exactly how this will work, especially since the head coach needs to command respect from his team. However, the different approach could mean great things for Milwaukee.
The reason Bucks fans should put some faith in Drew is because he is Hammond’s last hire in Milwaukee. If Drew does not pan out as so many are hoping he does, both Hammond and he will be out of a job.