Bring back the player-coach

After watching Sam Cassell and the Clippers in these playoffs, Bill Simmons thinks it's time for the player-coach to make a comeback in the NBA.

Updated: May 24, 2006, 12:09 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

Editor's note: This article appears in the June 5 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

During Game 5 of the Clippers-Suns series, Mike Dunleavy made the single dumbest coaching move I have ever seen. With his team leading by three and 3.6 seconds remaining in OT, Dunleavy inserted a rookie who'd played 18 seconds in the first half (Daniel Ewing) to cover Phoenix's best 3-point threat (Raja Bell). Suddenly blessed with a couple of extra inches and some 25 extra pounds, Bell pushed off the slender ...

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