Elston Turner, the new defensive coordinator for the Phoenix Suns
- Jul 14, 2011 at 1:14 PM
The role of a defensive coordinator isn’t something that’s exclusive to football.
For a very long time in the NBA, there has often been an assistant coach on NBA coaching staffs that has the responsibility of getting the players ready with general defensive philosophies and opponent specific strategies on a game-to-game basis.
2011 NBA Coach of the Year Tom Thibodeau is one of the more famous defensive coordinators of the past couple decades in the league because of the way he helped mold the Boston Celtics into a historically successful defensive-minded team. Only five teams in NBA history have had a defensive rating lower than 99.0 while winning 60 games, and only two of those five teams (99-00 Lakers, 07-08
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