It’s been a good couple of months for former NBA coaches who became TV analysts. Doug Collins was given the head coaching job in Philadelphia. Avery Johnson’s hiring was announced by the Nets today. Multiple teams have all but begged former Rockets coach and current beloved curmudgeon Jeff Van Gundy to coach their teams next season. Byron Scott’s name is apparently in the mix for some head coaching spots.
Apparently, all of this has left former Grizzlies head coach and current TNT/YES analyst Mike Fratello feeling left out. On his Twitter page (Mike Fratello has a twitter page,) the “czar of the telestrator” tweeted the following: “If I were coaching somewhere next season I would be a happy person.” This tweet came in response to several people expressing that they wished Fratello, who broadcasts Nets games for the YES network, had been given the Nets job instead of Avery Johnson.
In 16 NBA seasons, Fratello was 667-552 in the regular season and 20-42 in the playoffs. Fratello’s most recent head coaching job was with the Memphis Grizzlies. After taking the Grizzlies to the playoffs in 2005 and 2006, Fratello went 6-24 during the 2006-07 season before leaving the team. Fratello started his NBA coaching career as an assistant under Hubie Brown, who is now also a TV analyst.