Q So you can put in your own coach and install your NBA system, etc.?
A You can develop coaches and management people there, just like you can players.
Q You plan on hiring a new strength coach and physical therapist. How long will it take to find answers to the team’s injury problems?
A We’re probably never going to figure it out totally, but I think we’ll be able to chip away at it. We want to be innovative, cutting edge in what we do. Sometimes you go status quo because you think it can’t keep happening. We can’t think that. We’re pretty much going to look at everything. It’s going to be trial and error this year, next year and five years, eight years down the road.
Q Are you ready to let go and let somebody else coach?
A Everybody keeps asking me that. I’d be more concerned if I hadn’t done ESPN and wasn’t away from it for a year. I was talking with Jeff Van Gundy about it and one thing that happens, there are some things you don’t miss and you let go of. Rick has been really good to me. Sometimes it’s almost like a coaching clinic when we go through different things, so it’s not like I’m going to be out of it. I’ll be in it as much as he asks me to be. I think I’ll be able to help with the players. Sometimes a message coming from two people — united from coach and management — is much better than maybe a coach saying it.
Q Just wait until you start sitting up there, powerless. Won’t you start yelling at the refs like Kevin McHale did?
A I’m not going to yell. That’s one thing you probably won’t see. I’ll be up in a suite somewhere.