– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 1, 2023
I don’t know if you saw the news, but in the NBA, the Detroit Pistons have hired a new head coach by the name of Monty Williams. The club, which won 17 games last year, is starting afresh.
To convince the former Suns pilot, who lost his job after his team’s playoff defeat, to come to Michigan, he was offered a golden bridge. We’re talking about a six-year contract at $12 million a year, for a total of $72 million.
12M per year… $100M in total… these figures are awfully similar to those of Connor McDavid (eight years, $100M) and Nathan MacKinnon (eight years, $100.8M), aren’t they?
He was due $7 million a year on his old contract… and now he’s got a six- to eight-year contract that, if you stretch it, will pay him almost double that annually.
I understand why he said yes. And that’s despite the big challenge awaiting him in Detroit.
It’s important to note that he’s not the only coach to be paid in this way. Gregg Popovich (San Antonio) earns $11.5m a year and Steve Kerr (Golden State) $9.5m a campaign.
– NBC Sports (@NBCSports) April 30, 2019
Of course, it’s easy to draw comparisons with the NHL, where coaches don’t earn exactly the same amount as their NBA counterparts.
This explains why coaches aren’t as well paid in the NHL. Yes, there’s been a small uptick since Mike Babcock signed his contract with the Maple Leafs, but it’s nothing to challenge the NBA.
Let’s not forget that the former Leafs player earned just over six million dollars per season. That said, what really stood out was that his contract was for eight years. And it’s coming to an end in the next few weeks.
Sources say Mike Babcock has been hired by the Maple Leafs. Mammoth 8 yr contract believed to be around $50 million.
– Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 20, 2015
He’ll be out of contract in a year.
We don’t know everyone’s contract (maybe Mike Sullivan and Jon Cooper make more money), but no one seems to have a valid contract past the 2026-2027 season, four years from now.
“This is the last dance for the Remparts. The group of players is mature and this is the last year they all have together.” – @KDubeJDQ
– La Dose (@LaDose_TVA) June 1, 2023
– Who will stay in Toronto?
Also says he believes Matthews sincerely wants to stay as well as Marner and Nylander.
– NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) June 1, 2023
– It was expected.
Paris Saint-Germain | Coach confirms Lionel Messi’s departure https://t.co/nO7HwDyXY7
– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) June 1, 2023
This is some beautiful footage featuring The Rocket vs. Mr. Hockey.
If anybody has any stories about going to the watch the Habs at the old Forum, please feel free to share. https://t.co/lpSW5Lo1VG
– /r/Habs (@HabsOnReddit) June 1, 2023
– Milan Lucic back home?