Key to coaching lies in organization

Updated: November 19, 2004, 8:24 AM ET
By George Karl | ESPN Insider
As the NBA evolves into more of a player's league, the role of a coach has become increasingly precarious. In fact, a coach's job is more difficult today than ever, even as coaches have become more expendable to teams.

The difficulty of the job starts in training camp. There seems to be a softness in camp, causing a disruption in the way teams prepare for the season. Players have always disliked training camp and the physical preparation of getting ready for the season, but it was needed.

Coaches seem to have conceded that camp won't be difficult physically, but instead a time to manage and try to get the team mentally ready. Very seldom can a coach successfully prepare a team for a season that way.