It has been nearly a week since Cleveland Cavaliers legend Mark Price was interviewed for the vacant head coaching position with the franchise. If a recent report from Sam Amick of USA Today is true, it would appear that Price performed quite well in his initial conversation with the Cavs.
As Cavs’ coaching search continues, I’m told they’re strongly considering giving Charlotte assistant Mark Price a second interview this week
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 16, 2014
The 50-year-old Price has never been a head coach at the NBA level, but the former sharp-shooter has cut his teeth at both the high school level and professional level outside of the United States, and he was recently employed as an assistant coach by the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets). As examples like Derek Fisher and Steve Kerr have demonstrated, NBA teams no longer hold back on NBA coaching experience with their “shiny new” hires, and Price would offer organizational experience with a household name in the area that could generate interest.
In his playing career, the 6-foot, 170-pound guard stood as the second-best free throw shooter of all-time with a clip over 90%, and he was generally a dominant point guard before encountering injury issues that sidetracked his play. The Cavaliers haven’t exactly interviewed any titans of the game from a public standpoint, with the latest interview going to David Blatt, and hiring Price would be a move that is incredibly well received in the area, as well as throughout the NBA.
The biggest decision that the Cavaliers must make in the next few weeks will come with their number one overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, but aside from that, their head coaching hire is an important one.