Originally created 12/15/00

Lynx GM ready for added role



If Super Mario can be an owner/player, why, then, can't The Great Gamsby be a general manager/assistant coach?

That logic probably didn't play a role this week in Lynx GM Paul Gamsby's decision to take over for the departed Louis Santini and become the team's interim assistant coach.

But much like Mario Lemieux's decision to return to the Pittsburgh Penguins as a player, Gamsby also is rolling up his sleeves in a time of need.

Wearing two hats, the 52-year-old Gamsby shared his thoughts with The Augusta Chronicle earlier this week.

Q: What led to your decision to lace up the skates and take to the ice for practices this week?

A: The bottom line is there are little things that I've seen that I felt obligated to go out there and tell the guys and offer them constructive criticism. They can take it the way they want to. If they want to get their fur up, so be it, but they haven't so far.

Q: Is your presence on the ice a sign that you have lost confidence in Scott MacPherson?

A: Not at all. I'm doing this because I want to show them I want to win and that I believe in them.

Q: You say it's difficult to hire an assistant in the middle of the season. In light of that, are you contemplating finishing out the season in that role?

A: That's possible. I'm not saying we won't hire an assistant. But it is difficult finding someone in the middle of the year.

Q: Dan Wiebe coached 1« seasons without the benefit of an assistant coach. Why do you need one now?

A: I've felt from the beginning that we needed an assistant, a second set of eyes out there, but for whatever the reason, we didn't for the first season and the first half of last season. But I think you saw what a difference having one can make when we brought Ron Filion in. You can't see everything that's going on by yourself.

Q: Are you disappointed that Filion will not be coming back as assistant coach?

A: It would have been great to bring Ron back, but he's happy with what he's doing right now and doing quite well at it. He's running ice skating rinks in California and Arizona, and it's pretty lucrative for him.

Q: The team plays three games this weekend and seven in the next nine days. Is there a sense of urgency to turn it around now?

A: You want to win them all, obviously. But I'd say this is a pretty big weekend for us. But I have a lot of confidence in these guys. I believe we're on the right track.