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Lakers Nation Debate: What Type Of Coach Do The Lakers Need?

Topic: With head coach Mike D’Antoni resigning this week, we wonder if the Lakers would be better served going after a younger coach with potential, or an established veteran coach who has a lot of NBA experience.

Context: Earlier this week Mike D’Antoni resigned as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. With the Lakers being one of the premiere jobs in the NBA, it makes sense that there have already been a number of names linked to the position.

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These names have a wide range of NBA and coaching experience. George Karl has the sixth most wins in NBA history and both Stan and Jeff Van Gundy have years of experience and success at the NBA level. With these guys, you know what you’re getting.

But then there are guys like Kevin Ollie who led the UConn Huskies to a national championship in only his second season. Steve Kerr and Derek Fisher both have no coaching experience, but present intriguing options as both are natural leaders and bright basketball minds.

The Lakers are in a very precarious situation right now. The team has missed the mark on their last two coaching hires and can’t afford to make a third mistake. To make things tougher, Kobe Bryant is expecting to win immediately in his final two seasons, and the roster is almost a blank slate, with only three players under contract.

With the franchise in transition, what type of coach do the Lakers need to target?

Verdict: We went to Twitter and asked the Lakers Nation faithful if the team should target a young coach with potential or an established veteran presence. These are some of the responses:

The Lakers Nation faithful was relatively split on this subject. Admittedly it is a difficult decision to make, and one that will shape the future of this franchise.

Kobe Bryant wants to win now, which would seem to lead to an established veteran coach taking the reins. But in this year alone, first-time coaches Dave Joerger, Jason Kidd, Steve Clifford, and Mike Budenholzer all made the playoffs.

When you add that to legendary franchises like the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics trying their luck with young coaches in Brett Brown and Brad Stevens and it seems like young could be the way to go.

Maybe the Lakers split the difference and are able to get someone like Tom Thibodeau or Byron Scott who have both had success and are still relatively young. However, in my personal opinion, the Lakers need to try and go young.

If Kevin Ollie can be had, he would be the best choice to me, but Derek Fisher could be a dark horse and would fit what the Lakers need.
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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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  • HookedonAntonisPENIS

    MIKE DICK ANTONI!!!!

  • independentbynature

    Byron Scott is the man for the job.Those of us who were there for it,understand that showtime and defense went together.

    • lkrpwr

      Byron Scott was a playoff choker….we need some new,fresh and inspiring choices if we can’t get Thibideau

      • independentbynature

        That’s the second time you’ve posted that.It is complete bullshit.I knew then that you are an idiot.No need to remind me.Oh,that’s right.Last time you called him a chocker.Scott has rings as a player.Thibs doesn’t.Scott has been to two NBA finals.Thibs hasn’t.Scott is available.Thibs isn’t.You need to get your facts straight.

        • comrade24

          Not to mention that Thibs overplays his star players. Fine when you’re dealing with a 25 year old (Although D-Rose’s knee might disagree) but not when you’re dealing with a 36 year old Kobe. No thanks Thibs.

          • independentbynature

            I can’t see giving up compensation for a coach.The Clippers already had the key players assembled when they did it for Doc and they needed the legitimacy he brought.The Lakers need to improve the roster and there are other good coaches available.Some people are being unrealistic in their choices.Thibs,coach K,Calipari,Sloan.None of them are coming.

          • borsalino12

            You are very easy to insult the other people, hah? You like to use the word IDIOT almost on everyone, who is not agree with your comments.In this case, all I can say is that here is no bigger IDIOT than you. And I mean it.
            I know about the final appearances of the Nets. My question was like…. so what? We are the Lakers. We don’t count Conference titles and final appearances. We only count the NBA titles. Yes. Byron took the Nets to the finals, but from the Eastern Conference and of course, he never won. Lionel Hollins did it with the Memphis, but from the West. That has a lot more value than Scott’s finals. That was my point, when I said….”Two NBA finals as a coach?”
            The Lakers need a new face, new name, someone who was not previously engaged with NBA. And most likely, they need someone who can instal a new program. There is too many things that have to be changed in our organization, starting from the top, going through the coaching staff and the players roster. There is enormous amount of job, that has to be done in the next 2-3 years.

          • independentbynature

            Oh,it wasn’t an easy insult.You earned it.Yes,you are an idiot for commenting about something you didn’t know anything about.You came at me,moron.Was the response everything you hoped for?Who are you kidding?You didn’t know Scott coached in any finals.And you were too stupid to look it up first before opening your big fat mouth.You didn’t say…so what…cause you didn’t know.And that,makes you an IDIOT….

        • borsalino12

          Dude. What do you smoke? How can you post this kind of idiotic comments about Byron Scott.
          Two NBA finals as a coach?
          Have you drink diesel last night?

          • independentbynature

            New Jersey Nets,2001-2002,lost to Lakers in NBA finals.New Jersey Nets,2002-2003,lost to Spurs.Are you really this stupid?Hard to believe.Is this your brain on drugs?I see an egg frying.

          • Baltazar Ferano

            and you can eat it when is ready…

          • independentbynature

            Brilliant !!!

          • independentbynature

            Does the 12 stand for your age?Because even a 12 year old should be smarter than you.

      • independentbynature

        Byron Scott,the “chocker.”Led NBA in 3pt. shooting (43.3%),84-85 season.Led NBA champion Lakers in scoring (21.7 ppg.) and steals (1.9) in 87-88 season.In 183 playoff games,Scott averaged 13.4 ppg.,shooting 48.2% from the field and 81.9 free throws.As a Pacer in 94,he made the game winning 3ptr. against Orlando with 2 seconds left.Yeah,he was quite the “chocker,” fool.

        • comrade24

          and he’s unstoppable on nba2k lol jk

          • independentbynature

            As he should be…LOL.

        • borsalino12

          Dude. Another stupid comment! Talk to me about what has Byron done as a coach, not as a player.The Lakers need a program-builder coach with vision and desire to work long term and achieve the goal.

          • independentbynature

            What kind of moron are you?He took the New Jersey Nets to the NBA finals in 2001 and 2002,losing to the Lakers and Spurs.Are you for real?Look it up,moron.The Nets were nothing before he got there.What an idiot you are.Aren’t you embarrassed?You should be…..

      • nlruizjr

        and Thibs didn’t choke ????

      • borsalino12

        Very true.
        Byron Scott is a Laker, but he has never done something remarkable in this league as a coach.

        • independentbynature

          What ignorance you display.Where have you been while the rest of us were watching basketball?

          • borsalino12

            I were busy with your mom.

          • independentbynature

            You were busy playing with yourself,little boy.

    • LegendInMyMind

      Thibodeau would be better, if he was available.

      • independentbynature

        He’s not.What do you want to give up for him?A 1st rd. pick?That might not even do it.If he wants to leave the Bulls at all.

        • LegendInMyMind

          Thibs and the Chicago front office have well documented issues. It’s been that way for the past couple of seasons. Is he even going to keep his job? In the fairly realistic scenario that Chicago (unwisely, IMO) decided to go in a different direction after the Bulls’ inevitable postseason ousting, I think he’d be a good fit in LA, if only for Kobe and Pau, alone. I’m not saying he’s on the hot seat, but there’s been rumblings for the last couple years that he’s unhappy with management and they’re unhappy with him.

          • independentbynature

            I don’t know why they would let him go.But,stranger things have happened.I don’t think we should give up any picks for a coach the way the Clips did,though.If he’s available,he should be seriously considered.Byron Scott remains my favorite.Who knows what way Jimmy Buss will go.I’m just so happy that Antoni is finally gone.

          • LegendInMyMind

            To me, Byron Scott represents the “Laker family” pick, not really the right pick. I don’t think he’s a great Xs and Os kind of guy. We should probably keep in mind that Phil Jackson wasn’t a “Laker family” kind of hire. People keep bringing that up as some sort of pre-requisite and it really isn’t. I’d be more excited by the hiring of guys like Quin Snyder or Ettore Messina, honestly. Derek Fisher would be a novelty hire, not much else, but then, I’m of the opinion that you need to pay your dues in the NBA and “apprentice” as an assistant before jumping into the head job.

            Also, I’m more impressed with Lionel Hollins’ credentials than Byron Scott’s. He could be on the staff, that’d be cool. Him and Rambis. Neither should be, IMO, the top dog, though. They just don’t have the wherewithal to WIN when they should have loss. That’s a rare quality among coaches, but one that I’d search high and low for. Honestly, the Lakers in Kobe’s last 2 seasons are going to require A LOT of coaching up.

          • independentbynature

            Really?Byron’s resume is much better than Hollins.Two finals,losing to the Lakers and Spurs,coach of the year a few years back with New Orleans.No one was going to win in Cleveland,post LeBron.Hollins really only had success in Memphis,not too much anywhere else and they still let him go.Byron has Kobe’s respect and Irving wants to play for him again,too.They have a great relationship.Everything just looks right for Byron to me.He’s wanted this job for awhile now.Just so glad Antoni is gone.

          • LegendInMyMind

            He’s got a losing record. Granted, he also has a larger sample size than Hollins, but I was greatly impressed by what Lionel Hollins accomplished with an overachieving Grizzlies team. Byron Scott’s never won anything that he wasn’t supposed to.

          • independentbynature

            Well,not many coaches win without a good team and Hollins really hasn’t either.Memphis had some very good players.I think Westbrook being out kinda opened the door for the Grizzlies.Interesting that both Hollins and Scott played at ASU,too.Both are good coaches,IMO.I would not be disappointed if they chose Hollins,but I don’t think they will.Antoni was chosen,so they say,because they wanted to play a more up tempo style.Hollins doesn’t fit that.Scott likes to fastbreak,but likes to do it off turn overs from a high pressure defense.Scotts style is more exciting,yet he won’t ignore defense like Antoni did.Scott had a winning record until he went to Cleveland.He piled up the losses there.I pretty much don’t count those losses as much because it was the Cavs.Despite what they say,I think Kobe’s input will be influential,too.He likes Byron and so does Kyrie Irving.Cleveland has vowed to trade any player that won’t resign,after the decision.

          • comrade24

            i just have a feeling that byron scott is going to be the one hired with Derrick Fisher as an assistant. just a hunch

          • borsalino12

            I completely agree with you. To me also, Lionel Hollins is the better choice for the Lakers. I also agree, that Byron Scott can be offered an assistant job under him, as well as Derek Fisher. Kurt Rambis is not good even as an assistant, so we can not consider him as a candidate.Ettore Messina is another good choice, same as Roy Williams and Quin Snyder. The last one can also be offered an assistant position with the Lakers. He has done it under Mike Brown in 2012.So, yes. We need new face, new blood to get us out of the hole we are at the moment. We need a program builder and follower coach to get it done.

          • LegendInMyMind

            No way to tell if Rambis was ever really even a factor on the Lakers’ coaching staff, honestly.

          • borsalino12

            And they really have to be unhappy from his job this season. One of the worst teams in the NBA has kicked them out from the playoffs from the first round. Wow! See! There is a coaches like Thibo, who can not do the jobe alone. This kind of coaches are only efective as an assistants. They don’t have that carma to take the lead. Tom is one of them.

          • LegendInMyMind

            It’s *charisma, and let’s not forget how limited the Bulls are without Derrick Rose on the offensive end. They overachieved.

          • borsalino12

            Umm! Charisma! I don’t now about that, but Thibeau signed with the Bulls as a head-coach in 2010, right? And so far, he has failed to do anything significant with his team. Of course, the presence of D.Rose is very important for the team, but hey, Derrick was healthy when thib signed and the Bulls still were eliminated before the East finals.I am a Lakers fan, and I don’t want him as our next coach. He should realize that there is a big difference between head -coach and assistant.

          • independentbynature

            You really are a moron.Stop posting and confirming it.

      • Chrmngblly

        Thibs will not wear well in LA. I don’t even like him and he’s in Chicago…:-) He’s too crabby of a person for LA.

        • LegendInMyMind

          He’s a controlling personality, which GMs are aware of now. So if LA wanted to hire him, they’d do so with the full intention of trusting his on court and rotation decisions. Kobe likes him, Pau would fit in well with his system, as would Jordan Hill, Jodie Meeks, and Chris Kaman, and he’s a brilliant defensive mind. I don’t think “happy-go-lucky” is what the Lakers need in a coach.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      We definitely need a coach who install a system that is slow paced, deliberate, and playoff style of basketball, and one who puts equal premium to defense as getting buckets. And considering also that we have Kobe and Gasol’s potentially returning. I can only think of 2 out there who is available. Hollins and JVG.

      Scott is not it… we will need to have an elite PG to be able for him to be effective. Not unless we get a Kyrie Irving or Lilard type players.

      • independentbynature

        Byron is a much more well rounded coach than Hollins and Van Gumby,who’s teams just can’t score.Anyone is a step up from Antoni,but Scott is my pick.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          Scott was only successful because he had Kidd in Jersey, and Paul in NO at their peak. He was fired in Clev, with Irving a rookie. Remember, he was a MAgic Jonhson runner on the wing, a product of showtime, his philosophy is PG centered, just saying.

          • independentbynature

            It doesn’t hurt to have a great PG.We need one,too.

          • cj

            were not getting a great pg any time soon. richard is right hollins or jvg fit our needs better.

            1. hollins
            2. jvg
            3.tom tibs
            4. scott.
            5. fisher

            the only reason to go scott or fisher is if we are totally rebuilding.

          • independentbynature

            Hollins has really only had success in Memphis and they still let him go.I’m not a VanGumby fan.I still remember how his teams struggled to score points,especially in Houston.Very good defensive coach,though.I don’t really think he wants to leave the broadcast booth,though.I still keep picturing him hanging onto Mourning’s leg in that melee.LOL.I’m not going to consider Thibs unless the Bulls let him go.Don’t know why they would.That leaves Byron,who I think is the perfect fit at this time.We should hire Fish as an asst.,too.Irving is rumored to miss playing for Byron.They had a great relationship when he was there.No one knows what Jimmy Buss will do.It’s scary.Just so glad Antoni is gone.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            They let him go because FO couidn’t get Hollins to do what they wanted to do, they wanted to run more, to entertain more, mark Gasol mentioned that in an interview during the off season while vacationing in Spain, …Hollings plays his team in the regular season like a playoff game, that same Memphis team went to the West finals last year… yet they were just bumped out of the first round this season.

          • independentbynature

            Those are the same reasons that I think the Lakers wont hire Hollins.And Memphis was doomed when Z Bo got suspended for game 7.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            Z-bo or not… the game slows considerably in the playoffs, so why doesn’t teams practice and play like that in the regular season? I tell you why, because they want to entertain the fans more… it’s one thing to entertain, it’s another to play to win… that’s what we usually say about the Phil Jackson teams… they played the regular season as if they were just practicing for the playoff run. That mindset is what makes those teams so strong in the playoffs.

            I miss those feeling as a fan. Wouldn’t you? And I believe FO will make it right this time.

          • independentbynature

            Oh,I agree.Some teams would rather lose pretty,than win ugly.You have more confidence in the FO than I do,though.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            Right! and those teams who wants to lose pretty are usually at the bottom of the league… WE ARE THE LAKERS! We play for the RING!

          • independentbynature

            Absolutely.But,I don’t think hiring Antoni was going to get us there.The FO claimed they wanted to return to showtime.But showtime never ignored defense.It was one of those rare times when winning and exciting were meshed together.The FO went for pretty,which ironically,was pretty ugly.I don’t know that they’ve learned their lesson.Scott can coach.Hollins can coach.Who knows what Jimmy Buss will do?

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            I had high hopes for MDA when he was hired… I just lost trust on his ability to manage his players, and his inability to be flexible. Plus we can’t remove injuries as trivial to our lack of success.. but then again… the team run and run and run… likely hood of injuries will alwys skyrocket with that…

          • independentbynature

            Lets just hope the FO makes a better choice this time.I never liked Antoni or his style of play.Defense wins championships.Like you said…WE ARE THE LAKERS !We play for the RING.

          • Joseph Apohen

            I recommend Westbrook. 27 points, 17 assists, and 10 rebounds in a playoff. Great pg, maybe the best all the way around, offense, defense, rebounds.

          • comrade24

            don’t forget the 7 turnovers on that same game. He has a terribly low basketball IQ and just makes poor decisions too often. Great defender, good scorer, subpar jump shot, but i’ve seen high schoolers with better decision making skills than Westbrook. No thanks.

          • Joseph Apohen

            How many of those high schoolers with better decision making skills are in the NBA? There are always those who dwell on the negatives, and you are one of them.

          • comrade24

            no, i just think a point guard’s most important quality is decision making and Westbrook has historically made terrible ones, particularly ones that cost his team games in the NBA Finals and playoffs.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            If you want a great PG, Westbrook is not it… he is more of a combo guard… he shoots more, he is like a Kobe Bryant in a PG body, with a mentality of a shooting guard. I am not sure how his game could translate to rings…. he can be very effective at times.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            You are correct, it doesnt hurt to have a great PG… but considering the personnel we currently have, Scott is not the right coach… if we can trade for a great PG, he might be… but who could you go after? If we get one from the draft, that is still 4-5 years before we can even sniff finals appearance… we have only 2 years of Kobe as our primary player, not to mention Gasol…

          • independentbynature

            Never the less,Scott is the right man for the job,PG or not.No coach is going to guide us to the finals next year,much as I would love it.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            that could be true that PG is the most important position in today’s game… but not necessarily… it will depend on the philosophy of the coach…

          • comrade24

            would be great for Dante Exum if we draft him or potentially to bring Kyrie to L.A. Point guard is the most important position in today’s game.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          You forgot to remember that Hollins and JVG teams didn’t have great offensive players like Kobe, hence they had difficulty scoring the basketball… when you are a defensive team, you slow the pace down and deliberately, of course the scoring will go down, but with Kobe and Gasol around, we will have enough manpower to put the ball inside the basket.

          • independentbynature

            I forgot nothing.You are confusing pace with defense.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            I am not confusing anything… defensive team slows pace down and runs only when there is clear opportunity, this is to conserve energy on defense because defense requires higher team effort than offense… you just have to observe things on the floor to see it… it’s not rocket science.

        • roseducanna

          1- KZYZEWKI
          2- TOM.TIBS
          3- OLLIE.
          ASST. FISHER. SCOTT

          • independentbynature

            Coach K is going nowhere.Thibs is still under contract with the Bulls.Ollie is intriguing.And Scott will not settle for an asst. coaching position.But Fish would be a great choice as an asst.

  • LakerBoricua

    Byron Scott head coach, Derek Fisher assistant coach, everyone wins.

    • cj

      ur right every team would come in and win vs us again.

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        hahahahaha… right on… Fisher will be great as an assistant coach, maybe bring along Ollie to join him on the bench and have Hollins as head coach… Kobe will love this.

        • cj

          agreed 100%

    • Joseph Apohen

      you might be right.

    • Lakersfanfromwayback

      Good choice…Scott and Fisher both know basketball and Fisher can keep the old and young Lakers on the same goal and game plan!

  • WillRaps

    Get Kevin Ollie and keep him no matter what happens he can clearly grow into a great coach but will need 3-5 in the NBA before that happens as a long time laker fan please get ollie

    • Chrmngblly

      I like Ollie a lot.

  • TheTruthKills

    The type of coach we need is a leader of men and a basketball tactician.

    • comrade24

      plus, just saying his name is fun. lol

  • kookiebuger

    The Lakers need a young well respected coach who teaches defense. I will be happy if the Lakers pick Bryon Scott or Kevin Ollie who both fit the bill and if they can sign Lionel Hollins or Fisher as the assistant head coach.

  • Devon Samuels²⁴

    Jerry Sloan do I need to say more lol or Byron Scott but Jerry my 1st choice

    • keenanjen

      Why the old guy lol

      • Devon Samuels²⁴

        Because that’s my #1 choice…

        • comrade24

          Jerry Sloan never dealt with the media well in Utah.. repeat, Utah! Magnify that by 10,000 and you have the media scrutiny of coaching the Lakers. He doesn’t need or want to deal with that, and he’s not considering a return to coaching.

  • Dana Douglas

    Personally, I like Derek Fisher. He has five championships with the Lakers. He knows the culture and can handle the pressure. He has Kobe’s ego in his pocket. He’s a natural leader: a leader on the court and in the locker room. He’s incredibly smart and knows how to deal with big personalities. He has a high BBIQ, and has been a coach on the floor for years. Fisher has been president of the players union and could be president of the United States if he wanted to.

    The Lakers did pretty well when they plucked Pat Riley out of the broadcast booth. I don’t think they should be afraid to try something like that again, and I think Derek Fisher would hands down be a great coach. Would he be great right away? I don’t know, but if he surrounds himself with experience — like a Jim Clemons, for instance — he could be a force to be reckoned with his very first season.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Kevin Ollie,Thibs,Lionel Hollins,Byron any of these guys and we are set.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Ollie or Thibs or Hollins can win it all.

    • Chrmngblly

      Just not Thibs, though, too crabby.

  • Matt Williams

    Lakers need toughness! Lionel Hollins is the answer.

    • Chrmngblly

      I would really like to hear all these guy get interviewed by Coach Dave or somebody. Wins and loses don’t ever tell the whole story.

    • KingEmperor

      yeah lakers need tough defense so Coach Lionel Hollins is the right choice..

    • KingEmperor

      Physical Team is a tough team..

  • LegendInMyMind

    I think “Showtime” is a fallacious model to follow. It requires that the best player on your team be the facilitator of the offense. If we’re building around Kobe (who’s making $24.25M over the next two seasons, respectively), then you’re gonna want to slow things down. Have a defensive mind capable of stifling all of these up tempo teams (like Phil did, essentially), keep things close, and then let Kobe close. A slower tempo played inside out is also necessary if they’re planning on keeping Pau Gasol. Kobe and Pau ARE NOT “run and gun” players. That’s not the Lakers identity anymore. Maybe after they’re gone, LA can just jump back on the up-tempo bandwagon, but until Kobe’s retired, the (show)time isn’t right. That was a horrible pun…

  • Lakers4Life

    Steve Kerr all the way. Never coached, but he’s learned from both Phil Jackson and Greg Popovich — the 2 best coaches this league has seen in recent years, — he’s seen the insides and out of NBA through his current analyst role, he’s experienced the GM side of things, everyone likes him, and he’s also won multiple championships over 2 teams (Bulls/Spurs). Nuff said.

  • Kb24

    1.Kevin OLIIE 2.thibs 3.b.scott 4.hollins i would like to put doc on the floor but he is a celtic,he wont let lakers win another ring. ASST. COACH DFISH DEFENSE COACH RAMBIS

  • James Jones

    Bring in Fish! His and Kobe’s relationship and respect for one another is beyond compare! Plus he’d bring the triangle back and sign the players needed to run it!

  • borsalino12

    The Lakers need a program builder person to put in order the broken reputation of this great franchise. Now is the perfect time to bring Jerry West to L.A. He has done remarcable jobs in Memphis and Oakland and has built very solid core of players in both cities. Now is the time for him to come home and get busy. He has hired Lionel Hollins as a head-coach in Memphis and I am 200% sure, he will give him the chance to work with the Lakers, if he gets back to his position. The winning combination of GM (or PBO – President of Basketball Operation) and head-coach for the Lakers is – JERRY WEST and LIONEL HOLLINS. No one else can get this job done.If Jerry get the chace, he for sure will bring to the Lakers one of the top RFA’s this summer – Eric Bledsoe and Greg Monroe (why not both of them).For his pupet, M.Kupchak, that is almost impossible task.Jim. Bring back your papa’s best friend. If he was alive , he would not even think at this posibility, because Jerry West is a born winner and has the talent and ability to build championship teams.

    • independentbynature

      I am 200% sure that you are a moron.

  • borsalino12

    George Karl, Jerry Sloan, the Van Gandy bros, Byron Scott are all washed out names of coaches, who has failed to achieve anything. Derek Fisher and Steve Kerr have not been even an assistant coaches, to handle them the job of a h
    Lakers head-coach. That is not serious. Ettore Messina is a big name coach, but…in Europe. NBA is a different story. We can not gamble with him. He may turn to be a great coach here, but he may as well be a total disappointment and waste.
    Out of the available coaches, who has done some remarkable job in the last years, one name is coming to my mind, as the best candidate for the Lakers job and that is Lionel Hollins. NBA champion and All-Star as a player, who has taken the Memphis team with only one star player (Z Bo) to the Western finals. That is a remarkable to me. He is well known for his defensive strategy and will teach our young core of players to play D every single night and to bring their A games. Can you just imagine for a second, L.Hollins as a coach and Jerry West as his boss. That is the winning combination we need for future success.

    • independentbynature

      Moron !!!

  • hamza

    they should start thinking about Mark Jackson he has experience and has lead a young golden state team to the playoffs for 2 years….

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