Cost-effective coaches to keep an eye on

Updated: October 8, 2008, 3:51 PM ET
By Doug Gottlieb
Kevin Mackey is famous for many things.

The former Cleveland State coach famously beat Indiana and Bob Knight in 1986 -- the year before Knight's last NCAA title team -- then infamously was caught coming out of a crack house with a prostitute a short time later.

Mackey is known in the minor leagues of hoops for the "5, 5, 5, 5" philosophy. In the old Continental Basketball Association, American Basketball Association 2000, United States Basketball League and the D-League, coaches had to be prepared to lose or cut their guys loose. They had to put five on the court, then have five on the bench to replace the five on the floor, five on the bus to replace the bench guys and five on a list in a drawer to replace the bus guys. And so on and so forth. In minor league hoops, turnover is day-to-day, but the philosophy is sound.