You are overrating a coach based off a season in which we finished a whopping four games over .500 in a mediocre conference and didn't even win a playoff game.
Sure the roster sucks and yeah we had a ton of injuries, but Clifford never came close to getting the maximum out of the roster he was given this year like he did last season and that's what good coaches do.
It's okay to have expectations for basketball.
I'm not a Steve Clifford lover, but I will say I'm more in the camp of blaming a Marvin Williams 7 mil a year deal and a Lance Stephenson going full retard than I am blaming our losing games on Clifford playing Jason Maxiell or his rotation.
I also think it's worth noting that comparing Clifford to Bud, a Thibedoux-like coaching genius that was Pop's right hand man for 17 years, and Steve Kerr, a rookie coach with front office experience and the most powerful dynamic duo in the league, is somewhat ridiculous. I'm not saying that we didn't drop the ball by not hiring Bud or Kerr, but let's be real. You have to realistically understand what you have, and although we don't have a tactical master like Bud, we don't have a coach that's a bad as you guys say or think he is. Verdict is still out on Kerr who appears to be a really good coach, but I can tell you that if you think he wouldn't struggle with this roster you should reconsider that opinion.
I liked watching him at ECU and thought he could be a good receiver in the NFL and would be a great asset in Carolina not sure how quick he will go.. is a 5th too far down??maybe 4th is as high I would go on him..
Projected 3rd, the world wouldn't explode if someone picked him in the second
...that Stephenson would be a DNP by seasons end? Far below expectations would not be a surprise..but no one called this
...that Al Jefferson would be the most frustrating player on the team? Certainly wouldn't have surprised me..we know what we paid for.
...that MKG would be the team's most valuable player? Once again no surprise..the only people that it may surprise are the ones that only care about PPG. But anyone who hustles like he does can make any NBA team envious
...that Clifford would be coaching his way out of town? I think in October we really did all think that we had a mastermind coach in Cliff
...that we as fans, would be begging for tanking? Man..I really thought that even with the holes this was a 45 win team
...that Zeller getting injured would be a major blow to the team? I think just the lack of upgrades at PF makes this more sad than anything else. When Marvin Williams got paid 14 mil over 2 and I was told this right after that I really wouldn't have been all that surprised
So sad how far our expectations have fallen. One more question though, could Popovich do much better with the talent on this roster or is the talent enough to get a mid-low seed in the East with a good coach? I think a lot of players on this squad actually could compliment Pop's motion offense system. Especially guys like Kemba (who has some Tony Parker-like qualities), Mo Williams, MKG, and even Marvin. I think Pop's offense could get a lot more out of Marvin. Hell, look at what Pop did with Boris Diaw. The guy played 30 minutes a night for him and had a renaissance.