Superstar players in the NBA tend to have power within the organization.
In regards to a head coach hiring, sometimes they have a say.
Recently, is has not seemed like that notion is true.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 26, 2021
This has been becoming an issue with players.
They want a specific coach and might lash out if they do not get them.
Also, they simply might not want to play for the head coach that the organization chose.
However, do the star players deserve an input?
Yes they do.
Here are three reasons why they deserve a say.
3. They Are The Star For A Reason
The number one star on a team is going to be the focal point of the franchise.
A head coach has to learn how to use that star in the best way possible to win games.
So why not have a say in who should use you the best?
A star player has to be able to trust and accept what the vision is from the head coach.
That is why it is important for them to have some input.
They need to feel comfortable with the ideology of the team.
A star player knows how they want to be used.
Everyone else falls in place.
2. They Have A Pulse Of The Locker Room
The one thing that general managers and owners do not realize is that they do not have a pulse on the locker room.
They are around the team, but not with them all the time.
Star players are with the team every single day and know everyone around.
That might be a problem for a team like the Dallas Mavericks, who went away from the guy the locker room loved.
Mavs’ assistant Jamahl Mosley would be the locker room’s preference to fill the head coaching vacancy, sources tell @tim_cato.
Mosley is specifically someone who Luka Doncic has much respect for and camaraderie with. pic.twitter.com/dVY1i67nle
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) June 17, 2021
Then you have the Indiana Pacers of last season, who hired first-time head coach, Nate Bjorkgren.
This past season was met with turmoil and was fired by the end of the season.
Amid a year of difficulties with players and staff, Indiana Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren’s future with the franchise is uncertain as the regular season nears an end, sources tell ESPN. The Pacers are 30-34 and in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 5, 2021
Their previous coach, Nate McMillan, was beloved by everyone.
However, the Pacers fired him and went with Bjorkgren.
The star player can easily tell the front office who they want.
Furthermore, they know the personalities on the roster.
That is why they need to listen to the star player’s input.
1. To Avoid Contradictions
Over the history of the NBA, we have heard the term “coach killer.”
A coach killer is someone who gets their head coach fired.
They had an input on their respective head coaches getting fired.
By them having an input, they were labeled as something negative.
Then, why aren’t they allowed to have a say in who gets hired?
Those three aforementioned names who were named “coach killers” were all right and got the perfect head coach to win a title.
Sometimes players are correct as to who should be the head coach.
It is a contradiction for them having a say as to who shouldn’t be the head coach, but not on who should be the head coach.
The negative connotation is unfair to star NBA players.
They have a good idea for who should be the leader of the team.