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"It's always hard to replace a great coach. I know that from my personal experiences, going into the Golden State situation where they had made multiple coaching changes and really had no stability as far as a coach, it was a much easier environment to come into because you could kind of do things exactly like you wanted. You could change the culture without having a lot of apprehension. The Sacramento situation was difficult for me, there's no question about it. Rick Adelman is one of the greatest coaches that the NBA has, and he had a system that the players were comfortable in. The players had success in it for multiple years in Sacramento and implementing a different style of offense than what they ran, which was kind of the corner series and some Princeton stuff, and they played off the elbows a lot, it was met with resistance at times. And for good reason, because they had been so successful.
But Mike is a proven winner. He proved that in Cleveland. At some point, change is going to happen and players understand that. The one thing with Mike is he's so prepared, he's so easy to get along with, that I think it will be a very, very smooth transition."
"It can be a work in progress at times to figure out style of play. Again, I revert back to Chuck Daly. He always used to say it took him 50 games to learn his team. I do think that there's some truth to that. After hearing him make that comment, every staff I've been on since then, right around that 40, 50 game mark you start figuring out exactly who you are. So it is a process for every coach in the NBA when you're in a new environment."