Coaching hires are rarely attention-grabbing or headline-worthy unless a team makes an addition at the top of the totem pole. The NBA coaching carousel seemingly never stops moving. Multiple coaches hop on and off organizations every offseason. Some get thrown overboard, like my main man Mike Budenholzer in Milwaukee.
That was a massive story for several days following the Bucks' first round elimination, and it seemed controversial, depending on who you asked. I would be as happy as a pig in mud on a Sunday if Coach Bud somehow found his way back to South Texas next season, but we're not here to talk about Gregg Popovich's one-time right-hand man today.
The San Antonio Spurs reportedly hired Jimmy Baron as their new shooting coach at the start of May. While that news got lost in the heat of the Wembanyama sweepstakes, it sparked my interest, leading me down a rabbit hole of instructional videos. I thought I knew how to shoot a basketball until I saw Baron laying down the law in his tutorial on making your already great three-point stroke unstoppable.
I know what you're thinking. Jimmy Baron? Who the heck is Jimmy Baron? Stay with me here for a little bit, folks. With 10 seasons worth of overseas experience as a professional basketball player and a ton of exposure to different playstyles across the globe, Baron is a career journeyman with a wealth of shooting knowledge.
Baron has basketball DNA running through his blood, and it shows. He was a four-year standout at Rhode Island under his father, where he set the all-time record for most three-pointers in program history. Just look at the purity of his jumper in some throwback footage from when he balled out for the Rams at Cameron Indoor stadium.
My oh my, is that smooth. Baron was a hooper in college. And if you keep diving into his resumé, you will discover he was a skills coach at IMG Academy, one of the most famous preparatory schools in the nation, known for churning out college athletes like clockwork. Perhaps he can carry that success to the NBA and help the Spurs fast-track their rebuild.