maybe Phil isnt a bad option for next season, if Hodge is praising him and likes playing for him, Ballinger likes playing for him, Maher obviously does or he would of left by now, and guys like Davidson are doing well and having good years. Also Schenscher doesnt mind Phil, and we had Newley signed to play for Phil only European/NBA aspirations got in the way maybe keeping him and the above players and building around them wouldnt be a bad option. Would someone like Holmes come back and play for Phil though??
Sure he doesnt seem to be known as a great development coach but guys who are not necesarily after that but are still young and enjoy Phils freedom such as Hodge and Cat in the past seem to flurish under Phil and the freedom he gives his players to play. Sure some players may not want to stay and play for him for that reason, him not being a development coach but id rather have Hodge over say a Ingles in the SF spot anyway and if he can bring them back like he almost did with Newley once they are proven performers its not necisarily a huge issue, plus 3 titles in 11 seasons is not matched by anyone, goorj only has 2 or 3 more titles in like double the seasons. Also look at how Darren Ng has improved during his time, there must be some things going right with Development, i think Phil brings them on a bit slower than some coaches, not giving big minutes to rookies, which probably put off guys like Ingles wanting to play here, but as i said i would rather have Hodge as the starting SF anyway. In the long run if they stay they may end up better off being bought on slowly and with a lesser role in there early days, plus they will probably win more games than teams usually do when they have a rookie starting. As good as Ingles, Newley and Jawai have been over the past few seasons as rookies, they were hardly ready to carry a team to title contention and they would have had more team success if they had come off the bench for a stronger team, for example had ingles stayed here and being backing up hodge but still playing 25-30 mins per game the 36ers would be stronger and he would be doing better than what the dragons are currently. I personally think had Newley stayed on this season and the import situation worked out better ie getting Hodge in earlier, we would be in the finals with Phils coaching and the injuries we have had, so its not just his coaching and he did out coach Goorj, had maher less team almost knock off the tigers within the last month so he must be doing something right.
I do admit at times ive thought it would be nice to try something new and would be interested in seeing a Ninnis coach the team, and do sort of expect someone new in next season, but just think keeping Phil wouldnt be that bad at the same time, especially if guys like Hodge are wanting to play for him. Hypothetically I personally would hate to see Phil coaching another team and taking guys like Hodge and Ballinger and Schenscher with him.