Exactly, with Heals playing experience under many different top coaches in NBL/Europe/NBA/Boomers, and being the point guard i always thought given a good opportunity and few years to learn on the job a bit that he could make a really good coach.
He also isnt overly tall or athletic, so didnt just get by on natural athleticism, he would have had to work his but off to develop his offensive skills and get the best out of himself. Imo this holds him in better coaching stead than say Anstey whos 7foot frame would have been a massive advantage, would Anstey got to the top level if he was Heals size?? Im not so sure.
His confidence/arrogance may rub some people up the wrong way, but its also an asset for him atm imo, as he has absolute self beleif in his game plan and his players to execute it, and makes the players work hard and get it right and tells them honestly how it is.
He also has guts, starting Garlepp over Lazare isnt a move many coaches would make, but it hasnt been a bad one so far, when the kings lost a game he thought they should have won he promised changes, and made one, which means the players have to earn every minute, and imports dont get to just cruise because they only have a young backup ie Garlepp type.
So far i have been impressed with the Kings, for me there roster with Harvey playing was a bottom 3 squad, and would have never expected them 2 win the 'sunshine swing'. So credit where credit due, well done Hammer and the kings players who are playing out of there skin, especially guys like Madgen and Henry.
(Damm Madgen would be good to have in a 36ers uniform!)