We’ve all had jobs we’ve hated. I don’t care if your old man made you get up early for a paper route, you had to clean toilets, work the friar, or..or… be the head coach of an NBA team. We’ve all been there. J.B. Bickerstaff has. And he’s done.
According to The Vertical, the Houston Rockets head coach has informed the team that he’s removing himself as a candidate to retain his position next year, and Bickerstaff is now focused on becoming an assistant for another team.
Let me peel that back real quick. He would rather be an assistant for some other team… Than a head coach for a playoff team. That’s some world class – TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT, stuff. We’re not talking about some dead-end horrible gig either.
The Houston head coach gig means you get to coach a team with some excellent players, work in a city that loves basketball, has a low cost of living, and for a franchise with a championship history. And he’s out.
Screw it. I’m not doing this damn thing one more day. And the craziest part is – Can you blame him? Would you want to coach that crew? Put Coach Bick in the rare class of guys who really aren’t about the money. Because Rockets could offer Bickerstaff 20 mill a year and a piece of the franchise, and he’d still say hell no.
He should be the star of that Discovery show Dirty Jobs where they travel the country looking for the filthiest jobs imaginable. Dirt Sterilizer, Roadkill Taxidermist, Jungle Phone Screener, Opal Mine Worker, Post-Autopsy Skull Scraper, head coach for Dwight Howard.
This goes right to the top of the Big Dwight career achievements list. I mean we know he’s a coach killer. We’ve seen him get coaches fired. But now he’s making his coach fire HIMSELF.
The very reason you get into becoming a basketball coach is to reach the top of your profession, you’re chasing the dream that one day, someway – you can coach an NBA team. There are only 30 positions in the world! J.B. Bickerstaff is saying you can go ahead and have one.
You know what they say – It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it. Coach Bick’s saying you literally couldn’t pay me to do it. He’d rather mop the floors for the Sixers than run the show for the Rockets. A man can only take some much. And I respect it. Take this clipboard and shove it.