Presidential Pitfall

When the Pistons parted ways with Stan Van Gundy it was another nail in the coffin for the dual coach/president role. Is this setup destined to fail? What is it that makes it so challenging?

When the famed football coach Bill Parcells left the New England Patriots in 1997, he uttered one of the classic lines in sports management. Upset about a lack of control over player personnel, Parcells said: “It’s just like a friend of mine told me: If they want you to cook the dinner, at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries.”

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