Lakers News: Fisher, Kerr Given Best Odds By Sportsbook To Be Lakers...

Lakers News: Fisher, Kerr Given Best Odds By Sportsbook To Be Lakers Coach


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After Mike D’Antoni’s shocking resignation as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this week, rumors have run rampant over who will roam the sidelines for the purple and gold next season. The Lakers are apparently looking for a highly respected and established coach as they have been linked to the likes of Tom Thibodeau, Steve Kerr, and Kevin Ollie just to name a few.

General Manager Mitch Kupchak has said that the front office will take their time deciding on who they will hire as coach. However, this has not stopped speculation from running wild.

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With all the hoopla surrounding the vacant head coaching position, oddsmaker Betfair Sportsbook has named Derek Fisher and Steve Kerr as having the best odds to be hired:

Kerr was given even odds, despite ongoing negotiations with team President Phil Jackson of the New York Knicks.

Fisher, who is still playing with the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are embroiled in a first-round battle against the Memphis Grizzlies, was given 3-1 odds by Betfair.

These odds are pure speculation at this point and could turn out to be completely wrong. Steve Kerr is deep into discussions with Phil Jackson’s New York Knicks, while Derek Fisher has said he would be willing to listen to the Lakers’ offer.

The oddsmaker lists several other potential coaches and hilariously enough, Kobe Bryant finds himself on the list:

Also on the Betfair list: Lionel Hollins (20-1), Byron Scott (25-1), Kevin Ollie (25-1), Tom Thibodeau (25-1), Doc Rivers (33-1), Ettore Messina (33-1), Mike Krzyzewski (33-1) and Kobe Bryant (33-1).

In their search for a new head coach, the Lakers are certainly not lacking any interest from high caliber candidates. The Lakers will want to make sure to pick the right coach as they move forward with a high selection in the upcoming 2014 NBA draft and ample cap space for free agency.

The front office will look to fill the head coach vacancy with somebody who they believe will attract superstar free agents to Los Angeles. While Fisher or Kerr could certainly become the next head coach for the Lakers, only time will tell who eventually fills the vacant position.

(H/T to the LA Times)
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  • Leonel CuffyoChick Pierre

    We need a coach with experience , not a Jason Kidd

  • ethan

    Did they really just list kobe Bryant at 33-1 at being the coach?

  • ethan

    They must be putting some odds just so they can get money im sorry kerr is in the same likeliness of kobe or the duke coach (not gunna try and spell his name

  • iDontCare

    I can live with this.

    • JohnSmith00

      I would rather see the Lakers get the 7th pick than seeing Boston end up with the top overall pick.

    • independentbynature

      No way Exum will be taken over Embiid.That would be a major mistake.MAJOR…..

  • AntRodrigues

    I don’t know how Fisher would have the upper hand against coaches that have actually COACHED a team for many years… Fisher may be very knowledgeable and will make a great coach some day… but not for his first gig…..

    • Chrmngblly

      It is just BS. Although, Pat Riley did OK and Jason Kid is still alive in the playoffs, for two first time coaches who went straight to the top. You know this but I will say it anyway: It ain’t about X’s and O’s. If Fish is humble and his guys carry him, they can do well. The FO still expects 2 years of serious losing before we have a team that can compete, no matter who the coach is.

      • Joseph Apohen

        I think if Kobe returns at 90%, Pau, Jordan Hill, Farmar, Young, Meeks, I think we will have a chance at a playoff spot. For championship, probably two more years with the addition of Love and Melo, and a pg such as Westbrook.

        • Chrmngblly

          Love, Melo and Westbrook? We should all hope for something like this, but it will be easier on our hearts if we doubt it and grow our own stars.

    • LAstory

      Exactly, that’s how I feel, the same about Kevin Ollie also… someday I think they both will be great coaches…

    • comrade24

      Agreed, however i would love to have him as an assistant for our next coach who could groom him for a HC job later.

    • Jim213

      ?! Get your own avatar, smh.

      • independentbynature

        You know what they say about imitation and flattery,Jim.LOL.

        • Jim213

          No big deal, plenty of stuff out there.

      • AntRodrigues

        Who are you? This avatar was gotten ONLINE awhile ago and not from you…. Don’t flatter yourself I am not copying you….

        • Jim213

          Who’s talking about flattery. Been using that avatar for the last year but don’t who the hell care. More creative than just an avatar. (no diss)

  • derek buchanan

    they need to get Byron Scott at the head coach, real talk

  • LegendInMyMind

    Wait, Kobe Bryant is a candidate? Player coach? That can still happen?

    • Joseph Apohen

      Why not? Bill Russel was a player coach. He might be too demanding and there will be a mutiny!

      • cj

        nba made a rule against it. they were afraid teams would pay a star thats worth 20 mill less then pay him the rest as their coach so they could lower the cap cost. the lakers are paying kobe 23.5 mill next year. the nba was scared that teams like the lakers would split this into a 13.5 mill player deal and a 10 mill coach deal giving the lakers 10 more mill to pay other players.

  • Sylvia Ross

    Right now I think the Lakers need direction. I love Fisher , but I believe Byron Scott could turn the team around and point them in the right direction. Fisher, would make an excellent assistant coach though.

    • Joseph Apohen

      I tend to agree.

      • L Rudy Jy

        My take would be B.Scott as head couch with D. Fish & M. Cooper on staff!

        • Chrmngblly

          Very good call.

  • GOD CHRI$$$ ✞

    Derrick Fishers offense: Give kobe the ball and get out of the way

    • Chrmngblly

      The Fish has been around enough that I am not worried about him falling into that trap.

    • richard

      That’s not true… Fish is one of the few players/person that Kobe really respect both as a player and a person. Fish is gong to be a very good coach. I am not sure though if he will be a good choice at this time… maybe as an assistant to Hollins.

  • Sti1lmatic

    I’d rather have Kurt Rambis coach the Lakers than Fisher.

    • Stevealots

      D Fish is Charmed!
      He is a PRO!
      He’s the only guy who really understands kobe and the dynamics of this laker team!
      I think he’s PERFECT!

      • independentbynature

        He’ll make a great assistant for Byron and can eventually be his successor.

    • Jim213

      I’d rather have Byron Scott instead of both tho would bring in D Fish as part of the coaching staff.

      • Sti1lmatic

        “Cupcake” won’t let us down. Third times the charm.

        • independentbynature

          I just hope he hasn’t become Jimmy’s yes man.

          • Chrmngblly

            Of course he is Jimmy’s yes man. The Buss family would not have it otherwise, either. I wish Mitch would step up, but why ask him to be what he isn’t? He has held the franchise together through tough times, hasn’t he? Look at the buffoon Buss family. He is the only professional in the office.

          • independentbynature

            True enough.I wish Jimmy would listen to him.Jimmy is an imbecile.

  • independentbynature

    Kerr is not even on the Lakers list and they make him the favorite?These odds makers probably bet against California Chrome,too.

  • independentbynature

    Byron Scott is the fan favorite.

    • Chrmngblly

      Kevin Ollie will be, I think.

  • Robert D Flint

    Kobe would be great he may not come back to playing speed, but his mind of bb is endless give him a chance he coach on the side with great success, even co coach would be better than d’a and rebuilding to done.

    • independentbynature

      Superstar players make notoriously bad coaches.Remember Magic?They don’t have the patience and most relied on their talent,not their brains.I think he would be a terrible coach and I’d bet he knows it and wouldn’t want to,either.

      • Robert D Flint

        Maybe true but his knowledge of the game is great a coach of some type would work Scott would be nice giving what we have to deal with it stillnot a bad tthought

        • independentbynature

          I don’t believe in player-coaches.Two different perspectives.Better to observe and evaluate from the side-line than in the heat of battle.

      • Chrmngblly

        That was true about Larry Bird, wasn’t it?

        • independentbynature

          Yeah,he wasn’t as bad as Magic,though.Jordan had enough sense not to even try it.

  • independentbynature

    Since it’s Kentucky Derby day,I’ll take Byron Scott @ 25-1 odds.In horse racing,we call that an over-lay.That’s when you know that the odds are way off.It most often happens when a horse is popular and way over-rated(Kerr).The odds on the true contenders then get skewed.It’s just horse sense.LOL.

  • Ralph Adille

    Why not Assistant Coach First? We need a Experience Coach this coming season, Kobe needs His 6th Ring!

  • Albert H

    The fact that Kobe is on the list at ANY odds removes any and all credibility from these lame odds

  • KB24

    KEVIN OLLIE Head coach DFISH RAMBIS OR B.SCOTT defensive coaches……bulls wont give thibs,doc rivers is a celtic,hollins too much D and big man,b. scott but focuses on point guard play,we need to maximize SG,C,PF then pg and sf ……not only we can use olie to lure KD but also a better coach in the 4th just like KOBE.CLUTCH. If kevin ollie stays in UCONN then b.scott as head coach asst coach rambis…..calipari and medina uses dribble drive and small ball or euro ball which means relying on outside shots,thats just not kobe’s game

    • Chrmngblly

      Kobe can play any kind of game.

  • wrine d’ocare

    I agree with Leonel CuffyoChick Pierre but best coaches from NCAA is worth trying..