This is purely hypothetical, the chances of it ever occurring are almost zero but I was thinking of it and wondering what people's reactions will be.
End of 2006-07. Smyth contract runs out and Smyth plus Breheny walk. Maher has a couple of years left in him but needs a lot less playing time to get thru the season. Brad Hill is waiting to see who the coach is before putting pen to paper. Copeland and Wheeler are gone. Majstrovich, Cooper, Nash, Ng won't be highly sought after. The roster needs to be started from scratch.
The coaching position is advertised and feelers put out to different coaches. Everyone has heard about how unhappy Brian Goorjian is with the Sydney Kings front office. Hemmerling decides he has the cash to pay for BG's support structure and his recruiting efforts. He is interviewed and Hemmerling has the option to sign him.
If you were Hemmerling, would you sign BG? The positives are you know your team will be an instant contender. You know Brian is a good recruiter, who will be able to bring in exciting young talent that will bring in crowds thru the door. You know the team will play defense and will have some home finals matches each year, and not just in the first round either which no one comes to. There will be a good chance of players like Jacob and Oscar coming back to play for him when there contracts are done. You also know he will own up for mistakes and try to improve his coaching.
But there are negatives. The first being that during the Magic/Titan days the rivalry between the teams was so intense and the contrast in styles of the club so different that some people couldn't bear to see him on the sidelines for Adelaide. Some might interrupt professionalism with being uptight compared to Smyth's style and not find his style appealing. Goorjian will most likely also bring some of his favorites such as Bradley Sheridan, and the roster will be quite different at first, which some people might not be able to support seeming as Sheridan etc, have played in huge games against the 36ers over the years (so has Copeland and Wheeler mind you). Also more importantly it will probably see Brett Maher retire early from the unforgiving trainings, but BG did adjust to D-Mac in a similar position during the Titans days.
The on-court success would be assured, but the long-term rivalry could hurt the off-court success of such a move.
So the question is, if you are a current season ticket holder would you re-sign if BG was hired? If you are currently not would BG signing and the on-court successes that follows make you get season tickets? Would BG bring you back to the 36ers or push you away?