And my answer would be:
I don't know.
(Note to aspiring radio and TV talkers: If you say, "I don't know," too often, they take away your microphone very, very quickly.)
I tried to contact Rick Adelman - who has coached more than 1,700 games over 22 seasons - to get his take on the matter, but I have no idea what NBA city he currently resides in.
I can offer one historical tidbit, to provide some perspective on the NBA culture - in 1977-78, the 76ers fired Gene Shue at 2-4 one season after he led the team to the NBA Finals.
Anyway, to celebrate the NBA's unprecedented not-so-merry-go-around, Couch Slouch now will reprise one of our favorite parlor games. The following paragraph contains the names of five incoming NBA coaches and five United States senators. Get 'em all right and you can be a guest cohost on ESPN's "First Take" (pending my ability to contact producers there; FYI: They have no idea who I am):
Brett Brown, Sherrod Brown, Steve Clifford, Jeff Sessions, Mike Budenholzer, Mike Crapo, Michael Bennet, Michael Malone, Tim Scott, David Joerger.
For those of you struggling with the name puzzle, I'd like to pick up your spirits by telling you that Joey Crawford will be returning for his 37th season as an NBA referee.
Ask The Slouch
Q. Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson has changed his shooting hand. You appear to be in a slump - ever consider changing your writing hand? (Ben Jacobs; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
A. Slump or not, pal, I am literarily ambidextrous - I actually dictate all my columns while luxuriating in a bubble bath, with PBR-in-a-can on ice.
Q. Overall, who is the better "strategist," Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer or Texas Senator Ted Cruz? (Michael A. Becker; Clayton, Mo.)
A. Schottenheimer - Cruz never had to work with Kellen Clemens or Brady Quinn.
Q. How do you explain Tim McCarver's inclusion in the broadcasters' wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame - blackmail or bribery? (Perry Beider; Silver Spring, Md.)
A. It's possible Hall of Fame electors had the sound down during most of McCarver's 34-year broadcasting career.
Q. Is it just me, or does Mike Shanahan always look like he just swallowed a nasty-tasting bug? (Dan Johnson; Cross Junction, Va.)
A. Pay the man, Shirley.
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