During my conversation on Monday with former Detroit Pistons coach Chuck Daly - mostly about his 1992 U.S. Olympic team - we chatted about a number of other topics, including the bad rap on his old "Bad Boys" teams. One of the things I found most interesting was his suggestion that the 2008 USA Team would have benefitted from the presence of a Dennis Rodman or Karl Malone-type rebounder. (Spain capitalized on the USA's lack of size with several timely offensive boards and stickbacks). But he had no issues with the gold medal outcome.
Here are a few of the other offerings from Daly, who remains spry at 78. He was speaking on his cell phone while at the airport in Detroit, en route to an appearance at Michael Jordan's annual Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas:
* On the "Bad Boys" reputation: "The league didn't like it much, but that whole image thing sold a lot of tickets. People loved that whole era. They still do. I go through airports today, and people come up to me all the time. They don't know my name - they never know my name - but they know I coached the Bad Boys. I get a kick out of it.
* On why former Pistons center and current Detroit Shock coach Bill Laimbeer can't land an NBA head coaching job: "I think it must be because Billy made a lot of enemies when he was a player. But I tell you what. He is as smart as a whip. Someone is going to get darn lucky in this league. They just have to take a chance. I talked to the Maloofs about him when they were looking for a coach (last year), and they would have talked to him. But Geoff (Petrie) wasn't interested."
* On busting the effective zone defenses played by Spain in the second half of Sunday's gold medal game: "There are two ways to do it. You make shots, or you make second shots. That's why I think they (Americans) could have a guy like Rodman, Malone, Barkley. Those guys would go out and get you the second shots."
* On the 2008 Team USA: "They kind of set the standard high again for the way they played, and the way they handled themselves, with dignity and class. The two people upstairs (USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski) did a great job."
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August 26, 2008
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