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Lakers Nation Debate: How Much Should Kobe’s Opinion Matter? Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="281"] Topic: With Kobe Bryant stating that he hopes the Lakers ask for his opinion on who the next coach should be, we wonder how much Kobe [new_royalslider id="281"] Topic: With Kobe Bryant stating that he hopes the Lakers ask for his opinion on who the next coach should be, we wonder how much Kobe Rating: 0
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Lakers Nation Debate: How Much Should Kobe’s Opinion Matter?

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Topic: With Kobe Bryant stating that he hopes the Lakers ask for his opinion on who the next coach should be, we wonder how much Kobe’s opinion should matter in to the front office.

Context: Ever since Mike D’Antoni resigned as head coach, rumors have been flying about who the next coach of the Lakers will be. Coaches young and old, experienced and new have all been linked to the position, with no one emerging as a clear favorite at this point.

The Lakers are at a crucial point in the franchise right now. The team has missed badly on their last two hires, Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni. And with Kobe Bryant on his last two years, he is looking to win immediately before his career ends.

Bryant has been a part of this franchise for his entire career, and has brought the Lakers five championships. As such, he has the respect of the franchise and the front office. But how much should that matter?

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Bryant said that he hopes to be asked his opinion on the Lakers head coach. This is a front office decision, but you definitely want the approval of your star player as the coach will have to work with him daily.

But that star is also on his last legs, and the Lakers will need someone who can keep this team at the top after Bryant has played his last game. They can’t afford to sacrifice the future for Bryant.

Verdict: We went to Twitter to ask the Lakers Nation faithful, how much should Kobe Bryant’s opinion matter when making the decision for the team’s next head coach? Here are some of the responses:

Once again, a relatively split verdict from Lakers Nation, and there are some very good points being made.

On one hand, Kobe Bryant is the Lakers. He has done so much for this organization, and he is the star player. He should at least be able to have some say in the man who will lead him in his final years.

On the other hand, regardless of how much he has done for the team, Kobe is still a player, not a GM, President, or any other front office decision maker. If you give him a say in this, where do you draw the line?

In my personal opinion, it is a very thin line to go down. Bryant should have his voice heard, but it should simply be one in a large group of voices. As a player, it is not in his job description to choose the coach.

While I appreciate everything Bryant has done for the Lakers, the front office has to begin preparing for life after Kobe, and that starts now.
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Corey is currently a full-time staff writer for Lakers Nation. He is a passionate follower of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Cowboys and can usually be seen arguing the merits of Kobe Bryant or cursing the decisions of Jerry Jones. He is also a former producer and associate producer for Sirius XM Sports Radio. Follow him on twitter @TheeCoreyH

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  • vdogg

    of course his opinion should matter. if you’re going to give him that huge contract, why would you not at least value his input somewhat? if the lakers were going to treat kobe just like any other player, then ok… but the lakers have made it clear that they do not see kobe as just any other player. in that case, his suggestions should be heard. why not get someone he is comfortable with?

    • TheTruthKills

      “Why not get someone he is comfortable with?”

      Because he’ll be gone in two years.

      • Peter

        Here is the thing… Kobe doesnt get a long with every coach out there. If the lakers get a Coach that is actually approved by Kobe, there is a high chances all the players will learn to love this coach. Kobe is still the lakers, the captain, the star, and the guy everyone looks up to… Even if Kobe is gone, it doesn’t matter because from the looks of it, whatever Kobe does in his last years will set a benchmark for what the young guys continue to do when he is gone. T

      • vdogg

        two years is a long time. mike brown coached the lakers for less long than that. you can always change the coach once kobe leaves.

  • TheTruthKills

    I’m mixed on this. He does have a high basketball IQ and whether you like it or not he takes up a third of the salary. He’s still the franchise player. On the other hand the rebuild needs to begin ASAP. Finding Kobe’s successor needs to take precedent over Kobe himself. By the time we build a roster for the new coach to win with; Kobe will probably be retired.

    • comrade24

      I think Kobe will stick around after his contract expires, he’s too competitive and i don’t believe he’ll get that elusive 6th ring in the next two seasons. As long as Kobe can still walk i’ll think he’ll play. Kobe shouldn’t make the decision of who the next coach is, but the FO should at least make sure he’s on board with whoever THEY choose before they make the hire. And i really think that’s all Kobe is asking for. Right now, he’s the alpha dog.if he doesn’t buy in to the new coach, the rest of the team will follow.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        When Kobe changed his number, he said he played the first ten years in #8 and he’ll play the last ten years in #24. These next two years will be 19 and 20, and 20 years just has a really legendary ring to it. I think he’s done when he is no longer the highest paid player in the league.

    • Peter

      Even if Kobe is retired it doesnt matter. Who says the coach has to leave because Kobe is gone. The lakers can still get a coach that is approved by Kobe…. Its not like Kobe needs a particular coach to play well…

  • comrade24

    Whomever they hire, the new coach can’t be named Mike.

    • Eazy

      I second that motion. In fact I think we should remove the name Mike from Laker related vocabulary.

      • comrade24

        no kidding. could you imagine if they hired Mike Dunleavy? I think Lakers Nation would riot.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      I’m still rooting for Greenie and Golic. Mike & Mike for co-coaches!

  • Eazy

    because NOT CONSULTING HIM worked out so well the last 2 times… wow, I guess some people NEVER learn…

  • Francisco

    I don’t think Kobe is saying that he is going to dictate witch coach they will hire, he just want to give his opinion.

  • lkrpwr

    as long as he’s creative and not stuck on Byron Scott

  • Derek Clark

    In my opinion, you have as much input as your contract is worth. The Lakers gave Kobe that huge deal; therefore they should let him have some say. Your franchise and highest paid player should always have SOME input on the decisions in my view. Same as I believe LeBron and Wade should know about Heat moves, and Chris Paul should know about Clippers moves, and so on and so forth.

  • Tyrone Von Gilyard

    Kobe is the lakers. He’s been the lakers for a while. He almost lefyt but didnt. Played his whole career. Everybody else left. He never left. His input matters alot. Its his final two season. All kobe cares about is winning. He knows if he has an input on selecting coach. He’s doing it for the team to win with him here and after he is gone. Maybe grant my wish and get on the sidelines as an assistant or coach one day

  • corky carroll

    Kobe is our guy and his opinion should be factored in with all the other input. I still say we should get Jerry West back into the FO somehow to help with this and other important stuff. Plus, a role for Kobe after his playing days? If he wants it.

  • J Taylor

    First, out of respect for a legend, and the face of a franchise.
    but more importantly, Kobe is one of the smartest basketball players in the league and has so much experience that his words are worth listening to.

    So maybe he’s not on the Buss Family Council that makes the final decision, but it would be a waste of Kobe’s basketball knowledge and experience to exclude him from some parts of the process.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      But what does it do if they ask for Kobe’s opinion and then hire someone else? He’ll speak his mind about it anyway, so no need to have a sit-down with him to discuss it.

  • Sylvia Ross

    If Kobe, is worth every penny as Jeanie says, he should have a say in who they select. To me, this does not show a sign of weakness but a sign of letting fans know we’re in this together.

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