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Since the draft lottery ended last Tuesday, the coaching search for the Lakers continues to be on-going topic in the media.

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Recently, Byron Scott sat down in an interview on ESPN 710 LA radio and talked about the Lakers franchise player. If hired as the next head coach for the purple and gold, Scott mentions that Kobe Bryant will have to change his game.

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  • Kliffrichard

    my top 10 consider contenders next head coach LA Lakers
    1.Quin Snyder atlanta hawks
    2.Dave Fizdale Heat
    3.Pete Myers Warriors
    4.Nate McMillan Pacers
    5 john welch nets
    6 Chip Engelland Spurs and Chad Iske 76ers
    7 Rex Kalamian okc thunder
    8 Tyronn Lue clippers
    9 Jay Triano portland
    10 andy greer bulls

    • Mulkey Bros

      Thank god you have no retreads it’s about time someone make a list non retreads and old farts for The Lakers FO to see and study.No more retreads Mitch and Jimmy just stop embarrassing Lakers Nation!Hire any of the coaches listed and we will be just fine maybe skip #4 since Nate is a retread but all the rest of you’re top 10 is great.NEW FACE NEEDED!

      • BasketballSam

        Just say “NO” to retreads!

    • Dave

      Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt interested in NBA

      PER Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports3:15 p.m. EDT May 19, 2014

    • nlruizjr

      which of the above are proven NBA head coaches, exception is Nate, the lakers have already been thru 3 seasons with coaches that have no idea on how to coach the Lakers, why would you come up with a list of no body’s ???

      • Daspin

        There are no proven NBA coaches available. All the retreads being mention have been fired at one time or another for being incompetent. The choice is between untested and incompetent.

  • Kliffrichard

    Hire George Karl and Jeff van Gundy and Quin Snyder or Trade Draft pick for tom thibodeau as next head coach LA Lakers

    • VillainKing

      WHAT THE HELL!!!!Don’t ever try to trade the pick Lakers!!!!Keep the 7th pick always!!!!

      • StupidRich

        Rich you need to jump off a kliff and stop hitting the pipe.

  • Mulkey Bros

    Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak was spotted with Mike Dumbleavy today scouting college players together.I hope like hell that they don’t hire the anti christ himself Mike Dumbleavy.Lakers are doing this to themselves by being morons and retards.Hire Lionel Hollins if you really want a retard oops i mean retread.Get serious idiots FO it is time to start with a fresh new coach a new guy that is needed to revive this.

  • Mulkey Bros

    NO more retreads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chip

    Lakers need to hire that one guy from the Spurs you know that guy over there.

  • Modern ERA

    No more retreads please.Hire a new fresh first time NBA Head Coach.It’s trendy.From ESPN 5/07/2013 a list of 7 up and coming coaches well Steve Kerr and Dave Joerger were on the list back then and they both have been hired by NBA teams as Head Coaches.This list is realistic for the Lakers.Fizdale L.A. guy.

    David Fizdale, Miami Heat assistant coach

    Give Erik Spoelstra the slightest opening and he’ll gush about the impact Fizdale has had as a stabilizing force, teacher and communicator in the circus environment that’s enveloped the Heat over the past three seasons. Fizdale has been instrumental in the evolution of LeBron James’ post game, as well as the feeding and caring of the Heat’s superstar core. When there are new schemes to be implemented or skills to be refined, Fizdale takes it upon himself to make sure the work gets done.

    There are a dozens of assistants in the NBA who are certified basketball brainiacs, but few of them have Fizdale’s combination of acumen and capacity to relate to NBA players, despite having never played in the league.

    “[Fizdale] grew up hard and fought to get to where he is,” says another NBA power broker. “It’s given him an ability to connect because he understands where a lot of these guys came from.”

    Like Spoelstra, Fizdale is an alumnus of the Heat’s video room during the 1990s. He also cut his teeth in the player development realm at Tim Grgurich’s venerable big man camp and as an assistant with Golden State and Atlanta. There’s a broad consensus that the question isn’t if, but when Fizdale will be tapped for a lead job.

    No more retreads please.Hire a new fresh first time NBA Head Coach.It’s trendy.

    David Blatt, Maccabi Tel Aviv head coach

    If basketball is an American game gone global, then Blatt is its quintessential ambassador. Raised near Boston, he has spent the last two decades establishing himself as one of Europe’s premier coaches, currently with Maccabi and during the 2012 Olympics with the Russian national team.

    It’s been a few years since the persistent chatter about an NBA team — Toronto the most popular hypothetical — hiring a head coach out of Europe. Whenever that line of inquiry is resuscitated, Blatt is the most oft-mentioned name, along with Ettore Messina (formerly of Mike Brown’s staff in Los Angeles) and Sergio Scariolo (head coach at Milano, and the Spanish national team that’s won gold at the last two FIBA EuroBasket championships).

    Blatt’s American upbringing and playing career at Princeton under Pete Carril make him a logical trailblazer should an NBA team want to take the plunge. Blatt wouldn’t likely be lured by an assistant’s spot on the bench nor by a consultant’s title similar to Messina’s with the Lakers.

    “[Blatt] would want some authorship of the roster and a seat at the table,” says a member of an NBA front office who keeps a close watch on Europe. “Mike D’Antoni is the analog.”

    D’Antoni was the last real import, and no NBA team has expressed public interest in a coaching candidate from Europe recently. Still, the prospect of a mind like Blatt’s taking the reins of an NBA team is a fascinating thought exercise. Given Blatt’s body of work, characterizing such a hire a risk would be silly.

    Robert Pack, Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach

    Had Vinny Del Negro not been granted a reprieve by Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling in March 2012, Pack would have been a playoff head coach last season as Del Negro’s replacement, despite only three seasons of service as an NBA assistant.

    Pack raised his profile as a hard-nosed but fair instructor, the guy on staff unafraid to get in a player’s face and tell him when he’s disrespecting the game. The Clippers’ roster is a tough audience of veterans and young supernovas, but Pack quickly earned credibility as someone who offered coaching and an honest ear.

    Pack brings a floor general’s approach to the game, and can claim Darren Collison and Eric Bledsoe as young point guards who flourished under his direction. Chris Paul has conveyed his respect for Pack’s expertise and manner.

    The short résumé might give some potential employers pause, but pair him with a seasoned assistant steeped in game preparation and Pack figures to be a quick study. The Clippers were ready to hand him the keys to the family wagon during a playoff run. A young team looking to invest in the future could afford him the time to grow, as Orlando has with Jacque Vaughn.

    Alex Jensen, Canton Charge head coach

    Jensen was the near-unanimous answer to the question, “Who’s the most likely future NBA head coach currently in the D-League?”

    The 36-year-old Jensen just finished his second winning season as the head coach in Canton, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ owned-and-operated affiliate, but he’s best known in basketball circles as the late Rick Majerus’ star protegee. Jensen played for Majerus at the University of Utah in the mid-90s and was the starting forward on the Utes team that lost the 1998 title game to Kentucky. After bumping around the Turkish league — with a few stops in between in Japan, Spain and the CBA — Jensen reunited with Majerus, joining his staff at Saint Louis for four seasons.

    Jensen has preached Majerus’ doctrine in Canton, where the ball must be shared and players must defend. He’s taken Majerus’ motion offense and peppered it with some of the basic high ball-screens and pin-downs that dominate NBA offenses.

    “[Jensen] is cerebral and smart,” an NBA coach says. “He already had a great feel for the game, then he soaked up everything Rick [Majerus] taught him.”

    D-League players have been getting call-ups and making key contributions at the NBA level. It’s just a matter of time before we see an NBA team dig into the D-League ranks for a head coach.

    Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State head coach

    Every once in a while, the name of a prominent college coach will circulate as potential NBA material. The communicative and well-tailored Jay Wright was the trendy choice back in 2009 after Villanova’s Final Four run.

    Yet for the most part, college coaches have been seen as untouchable by most NBA front offices after a procession of high-profile failures over the past two decades. Are the principles of college ball not transferable to the pro level, or is the under-performance of college coaches a function of the general disposition of the men in question and the rosters they inherited?

    Whatever the case, Hoiberg would have all the bases covered. Unlike most of the coaches from the college ranks who dabbled in the NBA, Hoiberg played 10 seasons in the league and has an intimate knowledge of the rhythms and demands of NBA life. After his retirement, he served in the Minnesota Timberwolves front office and was passed over for the top job in basketball operations when David Kahn was hired in 2009. Hoiberg endured a season in the Kahn administration before leaving to coach at Iowa State, where he has effectively rebuilt a flailing program into a tourney team.

    “He’s a worker bee who has proven he can coach,” says one NBA exec. “If [Rick Adelman] decides to retire, he’d be the perfect fit in Minnesota. He has a track record there. He could coach Rick’s team, and even coach Rick’s philosophy.”

    In retrospect, striking out on his own to gain valuable experience coaching his alma mater was probably a blessing for Hoiberg. But after a while, recruiting gets old and there’s a lot of goodwill for him among NBA decision-makers who see him as a young coach with a bright future.

  • Gene

    Keith Askins would make a great head coach for the Lakers.Defensive minded coach with a history of winning championships and improving the teams defense also he is not a old worn out retread.He is in Miami.

  • Corky Carroll

    THAT is the whole story? One paragraph. Why do you print this NOTHINGNESS Lakersnation? Why?

  • Lakers4Life

    Jeff Van Gundy is the best coach candidate for our Lakers. Byron Scott is an ex-Laker, but that doesn’t make him a good coach for this team. Hope the FO makes a good decision this time, or we’ll end up with similar headaches like we had with Dumbtoni.

  • Scottie

    Damn it do i actually have to explain why it’s better to hire a first time NBA Head Coach than just another run of the mill retread.Oh man okay sure well history shows us that a first time NBA head coach is usually more capable of being much more successful as a head coach.Few examples that led to being multiple championship head coaches sure Pat Riley hired by the Lakers with no head coaching experience got 4 championships.Phil Jackson hired by the Bulls he had zero NBA head coaching experience and he walked away from the Bulls with 6 championships.

    Gregg Popovich hired with zero NBA head coaching experience by the Spurs in his first head coaching job he has won 4 championships already.Erik Spoelstra hired by the Heat with zero NBA head coaching experience now has 2 championships and he is working on a possible 3 peat.Yes that’s 16 championships won in the NBA by first time NBA head coaches well they won multiple championships for their team and that is 5 coaches their are more examples of coaches with no previous head coaching experience being very successful.

    More recently the trend is to hire a first time NBA head coach this is the new method GM’s are using to hire a NBA head coach some examples lately are Jeff Hornacek,Mike Budenholzer,Frank Vogel,Steve Kerr,Brian Shaw,Dave Joerger,Brad Stevens.Another coach that has been successful as first time NBA head coach when originally hired is Scott Brooks.Most the successful first time NBA head coaches all have something in common they were assistant coaches previously.It’s better to use a assistant coach than a college coach in most all cases but always avoid hiring a retread.Never hire a retread unless it’s a coach with like 5 rings or something like that it always ends bad with retreads.

    • Lamont Hollins

      So what you’re saying is the Lakers made a mistake hiring Phil Jackson as their head coach??? I agree there “could” be something to your thesis, but I believe you’re leaving out some key components to the perfect formula. You also need a supportive and savvy front office, but most important you need a team of talented players. If there is no Kobe, Shaq, Magic, LeBron, Duncan, Parker etc. or behind the scenes guys who added the right pieces none of us would know who Popovich, Jackson, or Spolstra are.

      Out of pure personal bias, how did Hollins go from one of the top coaches to retread? He’s never coached more than one team and they are still one of the most feared teams in the NBA with the fundamentals and play book that he instilled. He took the Grizzlies as far as Brooks and Vogel took theirs, and further than Thibbidou and even his successor Dave Joerger took their teams with less talent and just as many injuries. Look forward to your response.

  • Scottie

    Messina and David Fizdale are the top of the coaching up and comers.Shaka Smart is the top guy from the college ranks.Tony Bennett and Fred Hoiberg get some interest but i prefer to stick with NBA assistant coaches that get a Head Coaching job so in the Lakers case it could be Messina,Fizdale,Engelland,J.B Bickerstaff,Pete Myers,Luke Walton,Ron Adams,David Blatt,Sam Cassell.

  • Scottie

    Derek Fisher is a sleeper for Lakers head coaching job.

  • Robert L. I.

    Marc Jackson, Marc Jackson, Marc Jackson…. And running a close 2nd Byron Scott. That’s it end of story. Jackson had 3rd best DEFENSE in the league this year…remarkable! Lakers gotta grab him while the opportunity is there. He’s a solid coach with great player and game knowledge. Marc Jackson, Marc Jackson, Marc Jackson.

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