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Lakers News: Team In No Hurry To Hire Mike D’Antoni’s Replacement

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The Los Angeles Lakers have officially begun the search for Mike D’Antoni’s replacement after the head coach resigned following a franchise worst 27-55 record.

Plenty of candidates have already surfaced as the coaching search gets underway, but the Lakers front office appears to be in no rush to hire a new leader on the sidelines.

According to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times, the organization will take its time to hire a replacement:

The Lakers might redefine the phrase “slow-speed chase.”

They are in no hurry to fill the coaching vacancy created Wednesday by Mike D’Antoni’s resignation and are planning a long search with many candidates.

With a long list of potential candidates, the Lakers have no shortage of viable options moving forward. Many believe the team will come closer to a decision on the next head coach after the NBA draft lottery on May 20.

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The team’s position in the upcoming 2014 NBA draft will help determine the direction of the franchise. A pick outside of the top-three in the upcoming draft could drastically change the team’s intentions.

With that being said, the Lakers may not make a final decision on a new head coach for quite some time. A wise move for a team that hasn’t had much success with that last two heads coaches in Mike Brown and D’Antoni.

Currently, there are a number of different candidates. A few of the candidates have ties to the organization like Byron Scott, Derek Fisher, Ettore Messina, Mike Dunleavy Sr. and Kurt Rambis.

Other notable candidates are George Karl, Jeff Van Gundy, Kevin Ollie, John Calipari, Lionel Hollins and Tom Thibodeau.
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  • Daryl Peek

    I sense the Mark Jackson situation as cause for pause.

    • Zimmeredge

      If we have a dominant pg Yeah why not. Otherwise it´s complicated for him i think.

      • Daryl Peek

        Most of the teams competing these days have a dominant PG outside of the Heat, and the Pacers missing a solid PG is the reason they are on the verge os a first round exit again Teague. That goes back to the mindset of why MDA and Nash were, as the FO was looking to go that route dating back to the nixed CP3 deal.

        • ra

          yeah, I’m still disappointed that the Steve Nash experiment didn’t work out. That was the first time the Lakers had such a high profile PG since Magic. I was looking forward to MDA/Nash style run & gun (as were the Buss’s, I’m sure).

          But anyway, time to move on. But .. which ‘dominant’ PG would you see could realistically come to the Lakers?

          • Daryl Peek

            Definitely time to move on but many are stuck as their views conflict with moving on (triangle/twin towers) big picture.

            I think developing a PG is the way to go. There’s always hope in obtaining an Irving, Westbrook, ETC… but as it stands I wont deal in thirsting for players on other teams. It starts with the draft pick and players we have on hand IMO. Anything else is looking beyond 14-15 and my concern is the coming season. As much as I was underwhelmed by both Marshall and Farmar, they both have enough potential to do a decent job in the role together. No matter how most feel, Nash still plays a huge role in next seasons plans. His health is crucial and if we can get 20-25 MPG out of him off the bench, that would be great.

          • lakermatt84

            If Nash could play 20-25 off the bench next season that would be fantastic, though not sure if we can expect as many as 60 games out of him. Heck, we might even only get 12…

          • Zimmeredge

            Expect more 15-20

          • Zimmeredge

            I have high hopes on km. We should give Time to develop.

          • comrade24

            I think if healthy Farmar/Marshall/Nash can be pretty effective if we can significantly upgrade the other positions. Will be interesting to see what direction they go with the head coach and also in the draft. I’m glad that they’re able to take their time and also that there’s a great pool of talented coaches available right now and maybe more to come in the next month.

          • comrade24

            i can’t for the life of me see why anyone would want Westbrook on their team. Yes, he makes some good plays, he’s freakishly athletic, but he has the basketball IQ of Air Bud, and he makes reckless and poor decisions with the basketball. No thanks, i’d much rather have Irving, Rondo, or even one of the draft prospects.

          • Chrmngblly

            Nash is better used as trade bait. Where have you been DP? I thought you might have gone on a sea cruise, as lonely as you must have felt after your BF, MDA, moved on.

            I want to pair him with Pau in a sort of delayed sign and trade with NY for Tyson Chandler and a player to make the numbers match.

          • Daryl Peek

            I highly doubt Nash is trade-able less it’s for a trade dead line salary dump in Feb. 2015 for another team. Pau would be foolish to resign with the team and allow the FO to dangle him as trade bait yet again. No trade clause would be the only way I’d resign if I were him.

          • Chrmngblly

            Right you are. We do a deal with Pau and Phil to trade at the deadline and sign Pau for what he and NY agree to.

            Then at the deadline, we trade Pau and Nash for Tyson Chandler and whatever player makes the numbers work.

            NY gets Pau for the triangle and Nash for cap relief, we get TC pus a player. All the GMs get to look good. It has to be slow motion like that because of the CBA. Everyone has to know what is going on just because it is good business and because Pau’s salary has to be negotiated with NY.

          • Daryl Peek

            That sounds great (fantasy GM) but is serious wishful thinking, that’s not sound business forecasting for a FO as you bash Jimmy all of the time for missteps?

            Jimmy and Mitch have to juggle dealing with right now coupled with the goal of cap flexibility going forward as their base. The lesson learned from old style ring chasing mandates this.

          • Chrmngblly

            What are you talking about? All you are doing is flailing around, bashing everyone else that wasn’t on your sea cruise of sorrow over MDA’s departure.

            The FO has to pay Pau or someone $8-14M to man the 5 plus pay Nash $9.6M to shine the pine. TC is an established rim defender and potential difference maker at 31 with 2 years left on his contract. It frees up cap space at just the right time when Kobe comes off, too.

            It is good for NY and good for us and good for Pau. Plus, it lets us use Nash for what Nash is still good for.

            Think about it one more time. I don’t want Monroe or Davis on a long term deal.

          • Daryl Peek

            Sorry Brah but I’m not following anyone bashing there ideas. I know you want so deeply to make it into that but the truth is I comment and others come at me as you did on this thread. The good ship personal delusion is a Lakers Nation vacation of sarcasm & name calling you exist in.

            I like Chandler but he seems to be in rapid decline as injuries keep him from regaining the DPOY form he once had under MDA and Woody in 11-12. Nash will play this season out regardless of injury or not. It’s more likely a buyout happens if he cannot get right by the trade deadline VS. a trade. Pau either needs to be allowed to walk in free agency or stay on with Kobe for another two seasons. The trade bait dangling should be something he’s absolutely not down with, and again would be foolish in allowing the FO to do too him yet again.

            The different variables and factors are way too complicated to formulate a sound forecast at this point. The cap flexibility is again the base of every thing going forward and the only solid plan at this point. The draft and a new HC is the focus right now. The HC situation will not be addressed til the playoffs are over IMO.

    • Levels

      I’m not sure about that… Mark may lose his job because Jerry West is against playing small ball, albeit the success Mark has had.. the main problem with MDA was his small ball mentality… and the reason the Clippers are going to beat GSW is because of that reason alone..

      • Daryl Peek

        Actually the Warriors won games when they played small ball against the Clips. It is that small ball line up that will beat them also. This is the same with the much older Nets. When Williams is on the Nets are formidable with Pierce at PF. The Rockets are better in a small ball line up when Harden is on which he hasn’t been in these playoffs. Every team in these playoffs are thriving in small ball so to speak outside of the Griz and Wizards. The Clippers don’t dominate the paint in a traditional big man way. Griffin has elevated his game by hitting more outside shots and passing. Crawford, Reddick and Barnes hitting outside shots makes them very tough to beat. OKC plays KD at PF often and run three guard line ups more often than not. MDA’s skilled ball preferred style is all over these playoffs. These teams are more talented and play much better defense.

        • Levels

          Yes, I stated that Mark had success… as far as the nets are concerned Blatche, Plumlee are putting in work, and the Rockets… D.Howard has showed up and Harden has not I have to disagree on that one. And Deandre Jordan has been killing the Warriors they can’t stop him… they have no one to guard him.. and for those guys to even get up those outside shots they have to be open hence Deandre, from out of nowhere, i’m still amazed how offensively he’s been is productive. They play KD at the 3, Ebaka at the 4, I haven’t seen KD ever posting up, especially has many 3′s he shoots and outside shots he gets.. and I disagree that small ball is the preferred style when all these teams have an inside presence and MDA’s “skilled ball” has him out of a job…

          • Daryl Peek

            Inside presence? The Clippers rarely if at all run plays for Jordan on the post. Jordan gets all of his points off MDA like PNR set ups with CP3 or offensive rebounds. Remember Alvin Gentry is the guy who implemented the Clipper offense. Floor spacing coupled with CP3′s ability to break down the defense with his penetration is what allows the Clipper shooters to get off. Add Collison to that also. McHale is using Howard in small ball sets most of the time. Neither Ibaka, Perkins or Adams are lost post presences offensively. Ibaka has made himself into a very good mid range shooter who can knock down the occasional three pointer. MDA’s lack of defensive prowess as a coach coupled with injuries and not enough talent to begin with is why he’s gone.

          • Levels

            Daryl sometimes you disappoint me, I really enjoy some of your insightful post but youre missing it on this one… No low post threats, Duncan, Blatche, Jordan (refer to his stats against GSW) Splitter, D.West, Robin Lopez… and you have to stop bringing up MDA and is horrible offense, which has nothing to do with D.Howard (why do you think he left) MDA doesn’t even know how to run that type of offense, every team that runs “a form” of that offense has a big AND incorporates him in it… MDA couldn’t, didn’t and now, thank God he’s gone, T. Jones and Asik isn’t playing small ball and if you think the Lakers are going to play small ball, I say that cause you and HOOK, who i’m not surprised hasn’t posted anything btw, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. Ibaka is an offensive threat 1, 2 as long as your bigs can score they are threats… period you don’t have to have every big score 30 points to be an threat… And MDA’s “lack” try no defensive foundation, his unwillingness to tweak the offense due to injury is why he’s gone… MDA had talent in NY, he couldn’t get it done( yet i’m sure you will make an excuse for him) His Suns run was mediocre (and ran that team into the ground) and the Lakers due to his flawed “system” injured most of the team… I’m not nor can you change my mind of that, so… come on bro..please stop using other teams, players, coaches, philosophies, when we are talking about the Lakers and or the specific teams we’re debating… because a lot of the times you muddy your point by doing so and two you’re comparing apples to apricots…

          • Daryl Peek

            What dissapoints me is how you and so many want to ignore the truth of the matters. I said MDA lacks defensively as a HC but his offense is absolutely all over these playoffs whether you like it or not. That does not mean I want him back or felt he was the right or wrong guy for the Lakers.

            Blatche, Plumlee, Lopez, ETC… are barely making any kind of of serious contributions to there teams as dominant low post threats. Lopez is in no way that offensively! Duncan is that dude and always has been but it is Tony Parker in the MDA, PNR style Pop adopted that’s been driving the Spurs since Duncan passed the torch to TP. Jordan is having a monster season in general (motivated by Doc) but is in no way a low post offensive threat. See the aforementioned comments of how he’s thriving under Alvin Gentry offensively. Ibaka would fit seamlessly into what MDA wants out of a PF/C as his game is basically the same as Stoudamire/Marion but with better range on his jumper and much more protect the rim defensive prowess.

            I don’t need to make an excuse for MDA in NY. What’s funny is how you like many wont acknowledged the truth of the NY FO that sabotaged MDA and brought in Phil to fix the mess they created and have continued over the years.

            We can agree about MDA as a coach failing at getting certain types of diva ego superstars motivated as he did not fit with Kobe, Gasol or Melo idealistically but that does not change the facts of the matters as injury & lack of talent derailed these Lakers and FO meddling screwed the Knicks. The talent was there last season but D12 VS. Kobe coupled with injuries was the main problem. MDa was on the verge of getting that young group of Knicks to become playoff contenders before the FO sold out for Melo and box office.

            Please stop trying to fit incomplete specifics “D’Antoni failed in NY/excuses” into your narrative to misrepresent the whole picture. Those other coaches and players all credit D’Antoni’s influence. This is all I try to convey but always end up defending against said incomplete specifics.

          • Levels

            Okay, Daryl you win… we’ll just let the games play out, if MDA gets a better team and FO to coach again in the L, .. have a good one bro.

          • Chrmngblly

            DP was a blatant, shameless ButtKisser for MDA. Now he is experiencing C*ck Withdrawl Syndrome (CWS) from a lack of being porked by MDA practically every game. He is sad and sullen over this and I don’t think it is right to “pile on” DP as so many are doing. After all, he is showing remorse in his own way by crawfishing out of all his previous reckless and unfounded claims about the virtues of MDA-style small-ball.

            I wish everyone would hold off bashing DP for being totally wrong on almost everything he has ever said regarding MDA recently on LN. Sure, he deserves a good thrashing, but we can’t humiliate him anymore than he has humiliated himself.

          • independentbynature

            OK…I’m sorry….I’m trying to show restraint,but it’s difficult.I keep remembering all the snarky,condescending remarks thrown my way for daring to oppose the insanity of DPism.

          • Chrmngblly

            DP is Mucho Pomposo himself and easy to lampoon. Still, I like all these guys except for their worshipping ways. DP may be the greatest Laker historian of all time, but he thinks all these PR people are giving him the straight skinny, whereas I know that anytime people’s lips are moving, they are lying.

          • independentbynature

            Yeah,he’s just as much in Jimmy Buss lap as he is Antoni’s.It’s like the guy signs his checks.Hmm,you think?

          • Chrmngblly

            Hook and Josh seem to be the same guy sometimes. Did you ever notice that?

          • Sylvia Ross

            Yes I have noticed the same thing. I know you were talking to independentbynature, but the two of us usually share the same views.

          • independentbynature

            Great minds think alike,Sylvia.LOL.

          • independentbynature

            Now that you mention it,I’ve wondered about that.Their arguments are so similar.

          • Sylvia Ross

            He’s back. I thought you guys said he was through. DP I mean.

          • independentbynature

            He’s like the Eveready bunny.He never stops.

          • Chrmngblly

            I said I thought he might have gone on a sea cruise or something to heal his broken heart. But no, he’s back with even thinner arguments.
            I don’t know why DP can’t realize that MDA did not invent small-ball—it came from the ABA along with the 3-point line. All the false notoriety MDA got out of having Nash and his run and gun offense sort of locked MDA into that unbalanced attack as his signature offense—which in the end has ruined him as a coach.

  • J Taylor

    Nothing changes if they hire someone now or in a month.
    They should do their due diligence and wait until the candidates they want to speak to are finished in the playoffs.

    Also, the draft pick MIGHT change who they bring in. If they were able to get a top 3 pick, the decision may change based on the need to develop players.

  • Kobe Will Get 6

    Just a scenario, but if the Lakers were to somehow acquire Tom Thibodeau from the Bulls, then this could really benefit us in this off season.

    For one, Carmelo seems to take an interest in Thibodeau, possibly the Lakers would hopefully consider signing Melo (somewhere near the max, not exactly the max). (For those who say why would Melo take a pay cut, he previously stated he would take a little less in order to win). Another player Luol Deng, who Thibodeau was against the Bulls trading could also end up in LA, also for a reasonable contract. Thibodeau is also well known for his defense which we have lacked these past two years, due to D’Antoni and our offense would do just fine with options like Kobe, Melo, etc.

    This is a way better scenario, rather than waiting on Kevin Love another year or trading our top pick in this year’s draft for Love

    • Levels

      I see where youre coming from… but remember it wasn’t Thibodeau Melo was interested in, it was Joakim Noah trying to convince Melo to play with him, Drose, and Taj Gibson… Melo ask Noah what was it like to play for Thibs… I don’t think the bulls are going to give the Lakers permission to talk to Thibs to be honest… if the bulls amnesty Boozer I’m almost certain Melo will sign…..and we all know Melo is a upgrade from Deng who has a lot of mileage on his body, that’s why Bulls let him go in combination with him wanting the 15 million a year…

    • TheTruthKills

      The only problem is Chicago is a way better situation than what we have going on. Add Melo to the Bulls lineup and they could make the ECF. If Rose is anywhere near healthy they’re a threat to win a championship. Melo is at the point where he needs a ring and fast. Chicago would be a safer bet for Thibs and Melo.

    • Chrmngblly

      Or….we could hire Fish to get an inside line into KD.

  • Zimmeredge

    Take your Time but dońt wait too much Time. You have to prepare for next season. Think about the roster and the coach’s need for next season.

  • ra

    Yeah. Def. no need to hurry (Kevin Ollie). I mean, it’s best to wait until the end of the season, or to see if coaches become available (Doc Rivers) for one reason or another. Then there’s also the Free Agency, Draft, and other issues which might even impact who comes here.

    Remember, start at the top (Championship level coaches), and work your way down.

  • independentbynature

    Let them take their time.We’ve already seen what a rash decision from the FO looks like.

  • Richard

    Lakers need to take their time to study the field of available candidates find the most qualified experienced proven NBA Coach with the best chance to succeed. Lakers didn’t have much success with the past two coaches. Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni.

  • TheTruthKills

    No need to rush. We’ll have our pick of the litter.

  • lakermatt84

    I say if we can land thibs then get it done ASAP, anybody else and we would benefit to wait until after the draft at least, maybe even until free agency, depends on where in the draft we pick and whether we can trade the pick for a star…having said that, Kevin Ollie is a tantalising prospect.

    • Chrmngblly

      I don’t know if Thibs is our guy or not. I liked the run and gun half of our game—just no D. I love Kevin Ollie, though. Or maybe Fish.
      We need to spend enough time on selecting our next coach to be thorough but not drag it out through indecision until all the candidates take jobs with other teams. The most important thing is to change the process up from the last coaching search we did. Why did we ever pick the coaches we did and how do we improve that? Can’t we just get a consultant’s opinion, too?

  • Lakers4Life

    Holy moly! Let’s hope our Lakers can find a way to get Lillard on our roster. That boy can play! Can’t wait to see how Kerr turns out as well. He will be an awesome change at the head coaching position.

    • Chrmngblly

      That will never happen.

  • Dwight Coward

    This is our way to see how potential coaching candidates can do their homework and adapt to the FO’s product on the floor. Also, I think this is a chance for Kobe to put his input, I think this is a chance for FAs to look at us and think to themselves oh wow, the Lakers are going to put trust in me to have a say and to have input in a coach. So I think this is a brand new start that we need to have everyone on the same page and to have a collective decision from the guys in the FO, to the players, and even the coaching staff (whomever they hire). We now have a blank canvas, and I trust that Mitch will do wonders.

    • comrade24

      How great is it that Dwight Coward only lasted two games longer in the playoffs with his new, beloved Rockets than he did with a Mamba-less Lakers last season! haha suck it, Dwight!

      • independentbynature

        Priceless !!!

  • comrade24

    Even though i wasn’t part of the lynch mob that wanted D’Antoni’s head on a spike, I think moving on is going to be a good thing for the organization. There are a lot of potential game changing coaches available, and D’antoni just wasn’t one of them. Now, we don’t have to draft/recruit players who fit into his offensive system. If they want to go after Embiid (providing he’s healthy and the ping pong balls fall our way) it won’t be a culture clash. We have a lot more options and flexibility without D’Antoni at the helm. Let’s just hope they get this coaching hire right.

    • Chrmngblly

      As a proud part of the lynch mob that wanted MDA’s head, I am glad we are moving forward again, but I have zero confidence in Jim Buss to make this decision. Why can’t we form a search committee to perform this work, as others do? Why are our coaching choices limited to those willing to suck JB’s d*ck? No offense, d*ck suckers. Can’t the Lakers hire a man for a change?

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