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Charles Barkley Calls Lakers Head Coaching Position ‘Bad Job’ Right Now

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The Los Angeles Lakers are in unfamiliar territory. There’s no telling what the future holds for this team with an aging superstar in Kobe Bryant and no real trade assets to make the squad better immediately.

The Lakers may have considerable cap space heading into free agency next month, but all indications point to the team saving that money to spend in the talent-filled free agent market next summer.

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Current TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley was recently asked about whether he’d consider coaching in the future and if the Lakers job would interest the NBA legend. Barkley didn’t hesitate to give an answer that gets straight to the point, according to Dan Hinxman of the Reno Gazette-Journal:

“No. 1, I’m not jumping on a bad job,” the analyst and former player said Tuesday during a teleconference call to promote the 25th annual American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

Barkley went on to explain why he believes the head coaching vacancy in Los Angeles isn’t a good job via Hinxman:

“I got a great job,” Barkley continued. “You don’t take bad jobs. You’ve got — your best player is 40 coming off a bad Achilles and knee surgery. That’s not a good job right now. So, no, I just don’t think you take a bad job. I think the Knicks (are in) a similar situation.

“You don’t take a job where you’re going to get fired from. Those two jobs, when you talk about those two jobs, all they talk about is how much (salary) cap space they’re going to have in two or three years. If your team (stinks) for two or three years, you’re going to get fired.”

The Hall of Famer makes a valid point about the current situation of the Lakers and Knicks. There’s a good chance whoever gets hired in Los Angeles and New York won’t last long as the head coach. Both franchises don’t wait around for the team to develop over two or three years meaning the next coach in the two largest NBA markets will likely receive all the blame.

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Obviously, the future is unwritten and things can change quickly in the NBA with teams that are willing to make risky trades and pay into the luxury tax. The Lakers are a perfect example of a franchise that doesn’t mind paying extra to get back on top or rolling the dice with trades, but the consensus remains that the Lakers will need a few years to pickup the pieces and contend once again.

So although Barkley has a valid point and could ultimately turn out to be right on the money, the Lakers and the coaching candidates considered can’t have that defeatist attitude moving forward. Anything is possible with a franchises that have bounced back quickly in the past and draw talent due to tradition and prime location.
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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Jim Buss is who all this hate is targeted at from Charles Barkley.He hates the Lakers as much as anyone i have ever seen.Let it be Barkley the Lakers are bad right now but that can change in the draft and via free agency.Also we still might get a great coach like Lionel Hollins.But Chuck is just talking i respect that.

    • Jim213

      Just like he had the Clippers going to the Finals. It’s noy like we’re talking about coaching the Bucks, 76ers or another bottom franchise. There’s not too many top candidates currently.

      • PlayerHaters

        LMAO oh yeah! he did say that didnt he lol who was actually thinking Clippers would make the Finals??? Anyone?

  • Badazztj12

    I swear this dude just hates the Lakers man, I mean like damn Shaq is right across the table from him.

  • Kobe Will Get 6

    Charles Barkley has how many rings?

  • Matt Williams

    The Lakers may be bad now but that change in time. Charles Barkley will always be a fat, disgusting, irrelevant, no ring having, has-been joke of a man.

  • karasoon4

    Shut up you no-ring-havin, Laker-hatin fatass!!!!!!

  • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

    Barkley just talks out his ass most of the time. Kobe isn’t 40. They don’t have to wait for cap room. They have some this season. They have some next season. They have some the season after. Are they less than ideal jobs? Yup. But his reasoning and rationale is garbage.

  • purp& goldpride

    Shut the hell up charles…I wonder why places like Phoenix aren’t giving you front office jobs? Coaches get fired from “good” teams, a la golden state and Memphis

  • The stig

    Wow. I’ve never seen a commentator hate on the purple and gold as much as Chucky has this season. Yeah we’ve been bad but damn, lay off the hatorade juice. Might make yourself fat. Oh wait….

  • TrutHurts

    It is a bad job. It’s a rudderless ship right now. And your star player for the next 2 years has the franchise by the balls, and he won’t always be coachable and could easily tune you out at any time.

  • The Revolution

    The Lakers are like a expansion team starting from scratch.Jim Buss is the man running the show and the rebuild is now a start from scratch situation.It’s a good thing possibly since the Lakers have the big famous name and great reputation and championship pedigree behind them.Los Angeles is a very desirable city to play in and so cal is a top destination to live at.So fuck you Charles Barkley suck it.

  • Sanderson

    Finally someone that’s not afraid to speak the truth, Charles should be applauded.

  • I hate to say, but he’s right

    I know, i don’t want to admit it being a laker fan, but Chuck is right, for now at least, as it stands we are well behind other teams who made cap space under the new CBA and Kobe is not bailing us out of this one on his own, if we don’t resign Gasol to get cap space we seek we are running out a very old and subpar team, lets be honest, and even then, chances are Kobe will be on limited mins from here on in, it will be 5 years at least, hell, I would still take the job tho…it’s a lot of cash with no expectations outside of us fans. An if I was on that sort of money I would not be listening to us or even reading this right now.

  • comrade24

    Barkely’s been a Laker hater forever. I think he was abused at the lake when he was a child or something

  • TheTruthKills

    Barkley is right. Our best player is coming off an injury that so far has kicked his ass, we have a third of the salary tied up in him, we have incompetent leadership (Jeanie and Mitch), and very few assets to improve the team. Not only that, but the Lakers brand is weaker than ever before since Dwight left. Superstars aren’t lining up to play here and the only player who believes in the Buss siblings is Kobe. At the end of the day we’re a poorly run franchise in rebuild mode. It’s going to take us at least 5 years to get back to contending for championships.

  • Ty

    It is a bad job right now. You go in right now with a garbage roster and you will have an aging Kobe who is quite uncoachable and likes to do things his way, so you have no authority/power as THE coach whatsoever. If you don’t win or go deep in the playoffs in 2yrs, Kobe, Pau, and blind fans will put it all on you.

  • Godfrey Uche

    I have never seen Charles Barkley say something nice about the Lakers, his latest comments should not surprise anyone because he is voicing his opinions, Charles Barkley is entitled to his opinions , not to his own facts.

  • Nashir Mohammed

    Barkley is not even under consideration for the job, the Lakers needs people with experience winning championships. Not also-rans and ringless fools who only have a legacy of TALK. Barkley is the biggest hater ever, that’s why i’m glad shaq checks him every now and then. The Lakers are not in a bad position as the Knicks. They have a top 10 pick in this year’s deep draft, alot of cap space this and next year with bad contracts coming off the books and an active franchise player in Kobe, who even injured will sell merchandise and is going to retire a Laker. What do the Knicks have? A 4 year rental ready to run, no draft picks, a crappy roster and no cap space.

  • rasool punkuttinte appann

    U shut ur no ring mouth Barkley….. dats rite no ring bt u may be one from ur wedding :D

    • Saji kutty

      Have*

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