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Brian Champlin

Brian is Director of Business Development for LakersNation.com and the creator of TouchdownLA. You can follow Brian on Twitter @bchampla.

Number of Entries : 70

The Case for Mike Dunleavy as the Next Coach of the Lakers

Over the past few days we've examined what we believe are the four likeliest candidates to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. The idea behind exploring the possibilities individually was to paint each prospective hire in the most favorable light. Essentially, think of these last four articles as courtroom arguments made without prejudice. If we seem contradictory at times it's only because we' ...

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The Case for Brian Shaw as the Next Coach of the Lakers

Brian Shaw is as familiar  to Lakers fans as cracker jacks are to a baseball game. We all have fond memories of his clutch threes in the epic comeback against Portland, his steady veteran leadership, his defense and of course his alley-oop passes as part of the Shaw-Shaq redemption. But the question on Lakers' fans minds now is, would he make a good head coach? There is something to be said for continuity a ...

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The Case for Rick Adelman as the Next Coach of the Lakers

The argument for Rick Adelman to be the next coach of the Lakers is a pretty simple case. In fact it can be summarized with the use of one underlying word that both he and the Lakers franchise are all about: winning. Of the top four prospective choices on the table Adelman has the most career regular season wins (945), highest winning percentage (.605) and most playoff wins (79). His track record, including ...

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The Case for Jeff Van Gundy as the Next Coach of the Lakers

As the media reports speculate about the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers there seem to a few candidates whose names pop up again and again. Mike Dunleavy, Rick Adelman, Brian Shaw and Jeff Van Gundy have all been floated as possible replacements and chances are it'll be one of those faces that we see sitting on the bench for the Lakers next year. Yet even if none of those names carry the same weight as ...

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Player Report Card: Pau Gasol

Coming off back to back All-Star campaigns and a clutch performance against the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals, Pau Gasol, it seemed, had finally beat back all of the doubters that had called him soft just two years earlier. It's ironic then that as the 2011 season finishes, those same critics are now as loud as ever. Regular Season Grade: A- Gasol came out on fire to begin the season.  During he Lakers g ...

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Player Report Card: Lamar Odom

It's been a busy year for Lamar Odom. Between his endorsement deals, new reality show, new fragrance and of course his role with the Lakers, LO's profile was higher than ever. Some thought all the media attention might distract from the basketball court, but if anything, it only seemed to have him locked in even more. Regular Season Grade: A Simply put, in 2010-11 Lamar Odom played the most the efficient ba ...

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Player Report Card: Andrew Bynum

After putting off summer knee surgery to attend the World Cup Andrew Bynum's revised return date first had him coming back by the end of training camp. Then it was the start of the season. Then mid November. Then... Obviously Lakers fans were not pleased by the delays but ultimately, after a slow start, big 'Drew showed everyone a glimpse of what his bright future may hold. Regular Season Grade: B Andrew By ...

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Exit-Evaluations: Steve Blake

It was supposed to be a match made in heaven. Steve Blake looked like the perfect guard for the triangle offense. A smart, unselfish player who was a dead eye shooter when launching off the catch. Unfortunately, things never quite worked out the way everyone had hoped. Regular Season Grade: C Blake actually begin his Lakers career quite auspiciously, hitting the game winning 3 pointer opening night against ...

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The NBA Reset 5/11/2011

How does that AM / PM slogan go? Too much good stuff? Well that could pretty much sum how most people are feeling about the NBA playoffs thus far. Well, unless you're a Lakers fan. Let's hit the Reset  button and see where we stand... The Starting Five: 1. Where Amazing Happens If you missed the Grizzlies - Thunder triple overtime thriller on Monday evening... shame on you. Between Facebook feeds pumping in ...

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Knowing What You Have: Why I Love Basketball, the Lakers and My Mom

Sometimes  in the midst of loss we are loathe to remember the good times. We get so caught up in a moment of heartache that it blinds us to everything that was once was great, and probably still is. The 2011 Lakers season was a series of missteps and false starts. It was filled with bouts of inconsistency and sporadic excellence and ultimately, disappointment. Now, mercifully, it has come to an end. The Mav ...

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