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Post Top 10 Greatest Coaches of All Time
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Top 10 Greatest Coaches of All Time

10. Larry Brown -- "He's been the Johnny Appleseed of basketball, spreading it across the land." -- Tom K., Las Vegas.

9. Bear Bryant -- "The hat, the voice, the success, what else do you want?" -- Billy A., Birmingham, Ala.

8. Casey Stengel -- "The Yankees are not a dynasty without Casey in the dugout, not to mention the Dodgers, [Boston] Braves and Mets." -- Cal S., Brooklyn, N. Y.

7. Bill Walsh -- "Simply the brightest mind that the game has ever known." -- Jason H., San Francisco.

6. Dan Gable -- "Of what other man can it be said that he was the greatest athlete and the greatest coach in the sport's history?" -- Chris G., La Crosse, Wis.

5. Don Shula -- "Most victories, helped the NFL become a passing league, and there was that little 'perfect season' thing." -- John R., St. Petersburg, Fla.

4. Red Auerbach -- "Did more for the Victory Cigar than Winston Churchill." -- Matt M., Boston.

3. Scotty Bowman -- "Nine Stanley Cups, including four straight, with three different teams, and all-time leader in regular-season wins, playoff wins and those Stanley Cups." -- Prashanth I., Chapel Hill, N.C.

2. Vince Lombardi -- "Won the first two Super Bowls, what else do you need to know?" -- Rick W., Rochester, Mich.

1. John Wooden -- "As great as his accomplishments on the court, Coach Wooden's impact goes far beyond the game of basketball. He was more teacher than coach." -- Bryan H., Torrance, Calif.

Amen to that, Bryan.


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I'm surprised Phil Jackson isn't on that list.


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I always thought Vince Lombardi was overrated. I'm not saying he wasn't a top coach, but I'd have him closer to 10 than I would 1.


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Phin wrote:
I always thought Vince Lombardi was overrated. I'm not saying he wasn't a top coach, but I'd have him closer to 10 than I would 1.


Yeah, it's not like he invented anything or did anything special other than win the first two. Big deal, someone had to do it, right? He was good, not great.
Bill Walsh was great. And Phil Jackson is better than Larry Brown will ever be.

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I would have rated Vince below Walsh and Shula. As for picking between Walsh and Shula, good luck.

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How Larry Brown made it onto this list and Phil Jackson didn't is beyond me. And this coming from a guy who has never rooted for a Phil Jackson coached team. ;)


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I agree with the Lombardi over-rated statement... he didn't do anything all that great... beat up on some scrub teams with all star players


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How Larry Brown made it onto this list and Phil Jackson didn't is beyond me. And this coming from a guy who has never rooted for a Phil Jackson coached team. ;)


Thinking the same thing. I'm baffled.


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Larry Brown has 1 NBA championship, right?


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Phin wrote:
How Larry Brown made it onto this list and Phil Jackson didn't is beyond me. And this coming from a guy who has never rooted for a Phil Jackson coached team. ;)


I imagine that Phil Jackson was hurt by the fact that he had some great players on his teams, but I agree that he should be on that list. He has been the master "glue" and used the talent to make great teams.


I think Larry Brown is deserving of being on the list:

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The fifth-winningest coach in NBA history with 1,010 career victories, Brown has led his teams to 17 playoff appearances, eight 50-win seasons, seven division titles, three conference championships and one NBA Championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2003-04. Brown also led the University of Kansas to an NCAA title in 1987-88, listing him as the only head coach ever to win both an NCAA title and an NBA Championship.

Brown was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2000-01 after leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 56-26 regular-season record and a berth in the NBA Finals. He was also named ABA Coach of the Year three times – once with the Carolina Cougars (1972-73) and twice with the Denver Nuggets (1974-75, 1975-76) – in his four seasons in the league.

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What , nobody upset Shula wasnt #1 ???

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What , nobody upset Shula wasnt #1 ???


Maybe number 2, but John Wooden was the greatest coach of all-time.

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FINesse wrote:
What , nobody upset Shula wasnt #1 ???


Maybe number 2, but John Wooden was the greatest coach of all-time.


Part of this is impulse, but I agree.

I'm OK with where he is at. The fact he could never give Marino the support he needed hurt his chances of being in the top 2 or 3.


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vafinfan wrote:
I'm surprised Phil Jackson isn't on that list.



If he wins this , you have to think 11 as a coach would put him on top. But you would also think 10 would get him on the list.

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Big Dave wrote:
Phin wrote:
How Larry Brown made it onto this list and Phil Jackson didn't is beyond me. And this coming from a guy who has never rooted for a Phil Jackson coached team. ;)


I imagine that Phil Jackson was hurt by the fact that he had some great players on his teams, but I agree that he should be on that list. He has been the master "glue" and used the talent to make great teams.


I think Larry Brown is deserving of being on the list:

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The fifth-winningest coach in NBA history with 1,010 career victories, Brown has led his teams to 17 playoff appearances, eight 50-win seasons, seven division titles, three conference championships and one NBA Championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2003-04. Brown also led the University of Kansas to an NCAA title in 1987-88, listing him as the only head coach ever to win both an NCAA title and an NBA Championship.

Brown was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2000-01 after leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 56-26 regular-season record and a berth in the NBA Finals. He was also named ABA Coach of the Year three times – once with the Carolina Cougars (1972-73) and twice with the Denver Nuggets (1974-75, 1975-76) – in his four seasons in the league.


If you count college victories, then why not Coach K, Auriemma or Pat Summit?


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11 as a coach in a major sport , especially making NBA players attitudes gel.
Phil Jackson #1.

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FINesse wrote:
11 as a coach in a major sport , especially making NBA players attitudes gel.
Phil Jackson #1.


No doubt about that.

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