By Gary Parrish
Josh Pastner told The Commercial Appeal's Jason Smith that he might not hire a third assistant for this season.
The Memphis coach said he could just handle the extra work load himself.
Pastner's tireless approach -- the dude barely sleeps at all -- suggests it's possible, but it would also be a waste of a valuable spot that could produce a valuable commodity. You got three darts, throw three darts. That's my belief. So while I tend to believe Pastner when he says he can get by with just Jack Murphy and Damon Stoudamire on staff, I can't help but wonder why operating that way makes any sense at all. If it doesn't matter whether a third assistant even exists, why not take that spot and offer it to the father or uncle or brother or coach of every top 20 recruit?
Call Shabazz Muhammad's dad and see if he'll take a one-year deal worth $200,000.
If rejected, try somebody connected to Archie Goodwin.
Or Alex Poythress.
Or Jarnell Stokes.
Or Tony Parker.
Sooner or later, somebody will bite.
Then you've got a freshman star instead of an empty chair on the bench.