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Lakers Rumors: Scott, Rambis Leading Candidates If D’Antoni Fired?

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While no decision has been made about the future of head coach Mike D’Antoni, it hasn’t stopped the speculation about who the Lakers next head coach would be.

Recently the Lakers have been linked heavily to University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari, but that is far from a sure thing. In an interview with Cinesport, the OC Register’s Mark Heisler suggested a couple of familiar faces would be leading candidates:

If he does get fired, I would expect the leading candidates to be Byron Scott, who has very important ties starting with Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson, and Kurt Rambis who has Jeanie Buss and Phil Jackson.

It would seem as if the Lakers would be worried about going outside the Laker family for a third consecutive time. With Mike Brown and D’Antoni struggling to fit, the Lakers could feel more comfortable with someone who understands the Lakers franchise.

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With Kobe Bryant stressing the need to win immediately, the Lakers could decide to split from D’Antoni after the season, but nothing has been decided at this point.

If they do, it would make sense to give both of these guys a serious look. Scott is the more accomplished coach, going to two NBA Finals, and winning the NBA Coach of the Year award in 2008.

Rambis, however, is already on the coaching staff and has a relationship with players already on the roster. Either of them would make excellent hires.

With the Lakers season ending soon, the front office will have some big decisions to make. If D’Antoni is relieved of his duties, the Lakers must hire the right coach, whether he is in the Lakers family or not.
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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Wait what?I don’t care for any of these coaches i would rather it be a new guy like John Calipari or Kevin Ollie.

    • Jim213

      If that’s FO’s plan the brand is in for some rough times in the near future. But as mentioned previously it just shows they’re lacking a clear direction as they try to buy more time.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Yeah i agree it’s not exactly John Wooden or Red Auerbach but Coach Scott would be a major improvement over Mike D’Antoni IMO.The guy won championships with the Lakers as a player and he is from Inglewood a born and raise LA guy.Also as a Coach Byron took the Nets to 2 straight finals after the Nets had failed under John Calipari and Butch Beard previously.

        Yes Scott had a great run in New Jersey as the coach.Scott had a good run in New Orleans as he took them to the Western Conference Finals the furthest Chris Paul has ever went in the playoffs.He had a terrible coaching stint in Cleveland but it was not his fault IMO.Rambis is not the guy IMO.Just start fresh tbh.

        • Sylvia Ross

          AGREED.

        • independentbynature

          You could do a lot worse than a Pat Riley disciple.Showtime,is a state of mind.Let’s bring it back,starting with the coach.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Coach Scott was one of my favorite players in the 80′s and as a coach i admire him but i sorta got the feeling the Lakers wanted him to be the announcer on Sports Net from TWC Cable but if the Lakers FO hires him i will be good with that choice.Like i said i don’t care for any of these coaches but then again that just means i am not the GM and i have a different list of coaches i prefer.But Scott is a good choice no doubt,as for Rambis not exactly thrilled with him but no need to judge him as he is just a assistant currently.I hope the Lakers fire Mike D’Antoni.

          • independentbynature

            Scott is on the TWC to wait for the Lakers job to open up.He was a favorite of Dr. Buss,also.The timing just wasn’t right.Now,it is.

          • Joseph Apohen

            Would he be another Pat Riley who also came from the broadcast booth before leading the Showtime Lakers?

          • independentbynature

            I guess,but Byron has had 3 head coaching jobs before this.Riley made the direct jump.Lets hope the success can be repeated,though.

          • nlruizjr

            Riles like PJ inherited a ready made team, whereas B.Scott had to start from scratch, that’s a big difference, now if he were to bring in a defensive coach like M. Cooper, these are 2 guys that know the Laker brand and philosophy, know what type of player they need to form a championship team, whereas Cal or Ollie are not familiar what it takes to win in the NBA, college ball and the NBA are 2 different animals, ask coach L. Brown. I would lean towards more to BScott before Rambis, Rambis is no way a defensive coach and needs to learn more about offensive coaching. Plus BScott has earn the players respect, plus he’s a Riles disciple, can’t go wrong there, he’s learned alot in 3-4 yrs. of coaching and what type of system will win in L.A.

          • independentbynature

            Sounds good to me.You’re preaching to the choir.

          • lkrpwr

            He’ll be Byron Scott who chocked in most championship games

          • lkrpwr

            Scott…another scary choice and another blown opportunity to win

          • imbwar

            I agree, I am not a GM either, like to act like one,lol… but Byron, Kurt and Nate would be great on the bench.. offensively the Lakers are fine… trans D, on ball D and communication on rotating D is what is killing them…

          • lkrpwr

            what is it with you guys and Rambis…he stunk as a player and a coach…

          • Joseph Apohen

            There are a number of coaches out there that are available that I think are good choices including Scott, George Karl and Lionel Hollins. I don’t even understand why Hollins was let go. I thought he did a good job with the Memphis team. As for Rambis, he did not do so well in Minnesota which would probably be a dark spot in his resume. They can keep MDA as the offensive coordinator. He has a hell of an offensive mind. He just does not believe in defense.

          • lkrpwr

            Scott, Rambis. When will the bleeding stop? Need someone like Thibodeau or Vogel. Need guys with imagination and vision in the front office and on the court.

    • imbwar

      Kevin Ollie??? Kobe would run right over Ollie, it would be a massacre… (i.e Mike Brown, Del Harris, MDA, Rudy T, Dunleavy) Kobe don’t respect you… you’re name will be added to that list… the only college coach that Kobe would play for is Coach K, and he is a Basketball God there at Duke… and please tell me Kevin Ollies resume, defensive philosophy and where he coached before UConn????

      • kookiebuger

        By your logic Kobe will only play under Phil or coach K as the Lakers coach.

    • comrade24

      What’s up with #LakersNation wanting a college coach. There’s a big difference in the game, mainly that you’re dealing with 20-40 year olds instead of 18-22 year olds. Different mentalities, different training regiments, just about everything is different outside of putting the ball in hoop.

  • jakobe23

    Rambis..One word… Triangle

    • Jim213

      One word. ‘defense’?

      • jakobe23

        Playing Ryan Kelly and Kendall Marshall doesn’t help defense. Both decisions aren’t related to rambis. Triangle will also slow the game down, increasing time of possession while decreasing time on defense

        • Jim213

          Disagree, but have to change the atmosphere of the locker room. Which goes for not bringing back prior staff under the current coach.

          • jakobe23

            I def agree with changing the locker room atmosphere, but only if they’re able to start winning again. Next year I’m afraid is going to be more of the same unless bron signs with la which I highly doubt

          • Fred

            Atmosphere won’t totally cure their defensive ailments. Talent, speed, athleticism, BBall IQ, and toughness will have a lot more to do with that.

          • Jim213

            Blah, blah we know this too.

          • Chrmngblly

            Come on Jim, Fred thought it was news AND it is to some in the Lakers FO.

        • Joseph Apohen

          I love the run and gun Lakers now. It is exciting basketball. What we need added is a lockdown defense. We need to bring that guy from Chicago as a defensive coordinator.

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

            I too love the pacing.. but frankly, there is a disconnect on defense… defense starts on offense, when guys does not run offenses properly the results will always be a breakdown on defense because players are not ready to defend, you can only hope that the basket goes in, but when it doesn’t, the run and gun style always loses on defense. Compared to a deliberate style, it is easier to set your transition defense right after the offense. What we lack is a clear understanding of that connection. Phil Jackson always mentioned this when he was still coaching…there has got to be a fail safe when the offense doesnt work, and this team don’t have it.

          • Joseph Apohen

            I agree with you. Defense always usually wins championships something the Lakers will not accomplish if they don’t incorporate defense with their offense. It will take long hours, but I think it can be done.

          • Josh

            “Always usually.” :) Love it.

    • Heath

      Triangle with No Shaq, No prime Kobe/Pau, MJ/Pippen, only a one-legged Kobe. It’s going to be ugly. Ask Jim Cleamons who tried it with Dallas years ago, I think they ended up with 9 wins.

      • jakobe23

        A one legged Kobe who they are stuck with for the next two years… Dont think he’s built for a traditional offense anymore. No other way except to ride the horses you have. All about maximizing what you have in the staple

        • independentbynature

          Byron will do that.He’s the horse whisperer.LOL.

        • comrade24

          you guys are saying this and that about Kobe but the truth is none of know exactly what he’s got left in the tank. Have we forgotten #Vino? The guy had one of his best seasons of his career just a year ago. He had a serious injury, but seemed to have recovered. He was starting to show signs of being the old (not “old”) Kobe, and this is with no training camp. The knee injury was unfortunate, but it was also unrelated. it was just one of those freak things the basketball gods get their jollies off on. I’m not saying Kobe will grow an afro, change his number back to 8, and go back to being his young self, but he’s had a year of rest on his body, and i think he’s got still got some Vino left in the tank

          • Chrmngblly

            What if that knee just doesn’t heal up good enough to play on at a very high level? That does happen; that’s what we all fear, right? One thing it does solve is our salary cap problem. Ugh.

          • comrade24

            i’m sure he’ll have that orthokine procedure this summer. It’s seemed to revitalize his knees before. Hopefully will do the same again.

    • lkrpwr

      but he’ll try to push a square peg through it….maybe Phil saves us and invites him to NY

    • PlayerHaters

      LMAO Triangle aint gonna work with this roster nor the next. Its not like the Lakers are going to drastically improve their roster next season so how exactly would runnin the Triangle offense make the team better? I dont see any capable lineups for next season being able to successfully run the Triangle.

      Two words… try again

      • jakobe23

        Lmao. Typical doofy laker fan who shows up to the game wearing sunglasses through the 4th quarter. Lakers ain’t winning anything anytime soon, we’ve established this in case you missed it

  • deltawaves77

    I like Byron Scott personally, and I agree it would be a good idea to go back inside the Laker family for coaches, but the most recent NBA player poll had Scott rated dead-last in coaches players want to play for. He’s a heavy practice and discipline guy which may not fly with this generation of talent. It might be tough to attract free-agents. That being said, getting the respect of Kobe would go along way toward building team loyalty and it looks like he would have it.

    What do you guys think about Mark Jackson should he get canned by the Warriors?

    • LakersHeatBeef

      I am a big believer in Mark Jackson as a head coach.The reason is he took the Warriors from a team that had only dreamed of making the playoffs as they had only 1 appearance in 18 years and now they are going for their second straight playoffs appearance.On a team like the Lakers i can see Mark Jackson quickly raising the Lakers from the bottom to the top and he seems like he would relish coaching Kobe to championship.Mark is a top level motivator the absolute best motivation speaker in the NBA.

      Also his blueprint for success is defense and he knows a global icon like Kobe Bryant only needs the ball in his hands briefly to make big things happen on offense.The Lakers would need to draft very wisely and still sign a great player in free agency and bring in some bigger guys to bang the boards.Signing veteran free agents that have playoffs experience is good.

      • Joseph Apohen

        I like Mark Jackson. I think he is better than Doc Rivers. I think Doc was good because of Thibedioux (sorry I don’t know how to spell his name).

    • Troy

      He’d be good. He’s a no nonsense guy. It doesn’t matter who you are on the team, if you’re playing like crap or selfishly doing your own thing, he will let you know it loud and clear.

    • independentbynature

      I can’t think of a worse way to choose a coach than polling players.

      • deltawaves77

        I’m not saying they should poll players to use a coach, I’m saying that if you’re looking to attract free-agents in the future it might be a liability to have someone at the helm no one wants to play for. Just one factor to consider.

        • deltawaves77

          Choose* a coach, sorry

        • independentbynature

          Any player worth a damn wants to win.Pat Riley used to get on players nerves,too.Scott is a Riley disciple.If you build it(a winner),they(FAs) will come.Just a little Field of Dreams reference.LOL.

          • nlruizjr

            I agree, good quality players are not afraid to work in practice, infact they crave it, I don’t think that would be a problem for BScott because Players won’t question a 2 time champ (that includes Kobe), plus if they have Coop as Defensive coach, Coop will kick ass, period.!!!!

          • independentbynature

            I’d love to have Cooper.Can we pry him away from the WNBA?It’s a waste of his talent,IMO.

        • Joseph Apohen

          I think one of the reasons Pat Riley left was because he was obsessed with winning and became too ridgid which alienated some of his players even though they had a winning team.

      • Chrmngblly

        I can. We could poll the guys at the bar where Jim Buss drinks, like we did last time.

        I think it’s important to mastermind the locker room. Does anybody think we can win with just better x’s and 0′s? Is the FO too proud or too insecure to at least talk to a few of the key guys? I don’t think any of the players should have veto power over a coach, but business is a team sport, too. This is Jim Buss’ bullshit, Mitch.

        Regarding MDA, I doubt Kobe wants any part of this decision.

        • independentbynature

          OK….I stand corrected.Your scenario is worse.I was really referring to asking players who they want to replace Antoni.I don’t think it should be based on who is popular with players.Or Jimmy Buss,either,I guess.It should be based on competence and fit.But,I’m sure Kobe wants a new coach.

          • Chrmngblly

            I also think we ought to be alert to PJ. He is going to be a formidable adversary and he will be at least as good as Mitch is at evaluating talent from the coach down and way better at attracting talent than Jim Buss.
            PJ casts a giant shadow in the NBA. If Jim Buss was too insecure to deal with that and use it to the Lakers’ advantage, it is its own commentary on the state of the Lakers’ FO.

          • independentbynature

            Agreed.Hard to believe an owner could be more incompetent than Dolan or Sterling.But,that’s what we have now.

    • imbwar

      That’s interesting… I think that Hollins will be hired by GSW, I think Mark wants that NY job, Mark and Byron are the same type of coach..both played together in Indy… but i have a feeling Mark wants to go home and due to the reported bad blood with Jerry West and West and Kobe’s relationship, though it sounds petty, we are talking about professional athletes, Byron may edge Mark…… barley.

      • Sylvia Ross

        I don’t think Mark wants to leave California, he is a pastor and I think his church is in Los Angeles.

        • imbwar

          Yes, I think is too… the reason why I brought that up was due to Jerry West not wanting Mark to be the Head Coach of the Warriors, they have bump heads a few times this year. Mark may have to decide though he maybe be the Lakers head coach and Byron having ties with Jerry he could be the GSW HC…

        • comrade24

          right… because pastors never leave churches. If he wants to coach somewhere else i’m sure “God” will call him elsewhere.

  • lakerfan0

    I don’t really care as long as they fire D’antoni.

  • Sylvia Ross

    BYRON SCOTT, PLEASE no Kurt Rambis. Byron, is a good defensive coach. If given a chance I believe he will do an excellent choice. I know Kurts’ wife is a good friend of Jeanie but let’s base this job on qualifications.

    • independentbynature

      I like the way you think,Sylvia.LOL.

      • Sylvia Ross

        Thanks, independentbynature. Please stop answering Daryl Peeks
        and hookedonnews back, you will never win with either one of them. It’s like they’re hooked on stupid.!!

        • independentbynature

          I know what you mean,Sylvia.But,I’m just as stubborn as they are.LOL.I just can’t let them smother our point of view.I don’t expect to convert them.Someone has to stand up to them,though.At least you can end an argument with Daryl and agree to disagree.Hookedonantoni,just has to have the last word,no matter what.I don’t think he likes me too much.LOL.You,on the other hand,make a lot of sense.

        • Joseph Apohen

          By the way, where do those guys get their infos? Don’t they know anything else but basketball? Or are they just blowing smoke? They seem to have answers for everything basketball!

          • Chrmngblly

            Yeah. I think DP is a shut-in or something. He could be the greatest living historian of Laker facts—except he has no feel about the people. He thinks people always speak the truth, whereas I know that anytime someone’s lips are moving, they are lying. People always remember the truth in their own favor or for their own purposes. So except for Jesus, we need to read between the lines when Kobe or Mitch or Jeanie or anybody else is talking. DP doesn’t know this. He probably believes politicians, too.

            Hook is a good guy but he has taken as his mission in life to defend MDA and JB to the death, regardless of how clearly you lay out their pattern of errors and misbehavior.

            This other guy I don’t know, but he seems to do too much name calling for me.

          • Joseph Apohen

            Thanks for the clarification.

        • independentbynature

          You can add AD to that list,too.He’s actually much worse because he’s rude and less knowledgeable than they are.

          • AD

            Damn you really upset by my comments because you think you know it all and I slapped you with facts so you’re running around crying and looking for backup. You’re pathetic. Grow up old man.

          • independentbynature

            Remember what I told you about those hissy fits of yours.

          • AD

            Remember when I told you that you’re a dumbass? Why are you replying to other people talking about me? Looking for backup? That sounds like a little girl thing to do to me. Are you a middle school girl?

    • LakersHeatBeef

      I lean towards Scott also,please no Rambis no no in a very polite way lol.

    • miz_studio

      that chance was 15 years ago and it was in the lockout season for 1-2 months.

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

      Rambis never got the chance to build a team according to his coaching style in Minnie… that ball club was a mess when he was there. So, it is yet premature to conclude he is a bad coach. Given the right personnel and atmosphere, I think he will do well… i am just not sure if he will be as successful as PJax.

    • Chrmngblly

      Why are we stuck with this either/or decision at this stage? Scott seems like an upgrade but I also like a few other coaches: Hollins, Sloan, etc. I am willing to exclude Rambis, but not to narrow the field more than that, at this time.

  • independentbynature

    Byron Scott would be the best choice,IMO.The fact that he’s a practice and discipline oriented coach does not detract from his suitability.That is exactly what this team needs.Young players need that discipline,whether they like it or not is irrelevant.Kobe will certainly buy into the philosophy,too.I like Rambis,but I think it’s time to move in a different direction.Scott has the experience and mindset to turn this thing around.If the Buss family truly wants to return to showtime,Scott is the man to get them there.

    • AD

      Then you should watch Nash’s interview with Bill Simmons. A guy as disciplined as Nash said he and the rest of the team hated Mike Brown’s strict rules, long practices and discipline, even Kobe. So you’d be wrong.

      • imbwar

        Kobe never stated that… I watched the interview with Nash and Simmons none of that was said, secondly and more importantly, Steve Nash AND Kobe Bean Bryant don’t like strict rules, long practices and Discipline…lol, dude first those two are gym rats would play all day…two PHIL JACKSON is strict rules, long practices and is the foundation of discipline…. so you’d be wrong..sorely.

        • AD

          I said NASH said it. You can’t read? Yes it was stated. Nash said they didn’t like the long practices and didn’t understand his philosophy. What are you talking about? Go watch it again and pay attention this time. Kobe and Nash are not 25 years old anymore they don’t stay in the gym all day.

          Or better yet since you have comprehension problems I’ll copy and paste it for you,

          The first begins with Lakers coach Mike Brown, who tried implementing a complex Princeton-based offense that Nash entailed 4 1/2 hour practices. “Training camp was miserable,” Nash said. “We had these enormous practices because we were trying to figure out this really intricate offense. Nobody knew it.”

          • imbwar

            You cant write…and I quote “even Kobe”… Obviously you can comprehend the English dialect, I said that these two are gym rats and CAN play all day… Nash plays and practices everyday…so YOU have no idea what you are talking about… OH THE PRINCETON OFFENSE CALLED THE TRIANGLE!!! Dude i’m done with you, lol….. the Lakers not knowing the triangle…lol…

          • AD

            Nash said everyone-the team hated it. Last time I checked Kobe was on the team so that would include him. Did Kobe like Mike Brown? Oh wait NO HE DIDN’T! You can’t write OR comprehend what you read.

            Playing and practices everyday is not the same as doing it all day every day. WHY CAN’T YOU COMPREHEND THAT WHEN IT CAME FROM NASH HIMSELF? OMG you are the dumbest fan on here. Now I know why people call Lakers fan stupid. Wowwwwww.

          • imbwar

            We are resorting to name calling now…*sigh* okay, have a good day.

          • AD

            What a convenient excuse because you failed this argument and can’t comprehend simple words. Comparing the Princeton to Triangle and a whole bunch of other dumb stuff.

            Don’t attack ME for your inability to read then cry about name calling. Okay I’ll try to be nicer if you try to be smarter, fair?

          • imbwar

            Examples of use[edit]
            Versions of the Princeton offense have been run by the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Hornets, New Jersey Nets, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards, and Los Angeles Lakers[6] in the NBA. A modified version based on Peter Carril’s system was introduced by Rick Adelman to the Houston Rockets during the 2007-08 season.[7] Coach Alvin Gentry also implemented an altered version of it, that shows similarities to the triangle offense, during the Phoenix Suns’ 2012-13 NBA season. Coach Eddie Jordan implemented this offense while coach of both the Washington Wizards (2003–2008) and the Philadelphia 76ers (2009–2010). It is only rarely used in the NCAA — in part because it requires all five players on the floor to be adept at ball handling, dribbling, passing, and shooting.[………
            Again have a good day….

          • AD

            I didn’t know “similarities” meant “same thing”. Silly me, you’re absolutely right. Nice use of wikipedia too. They are like cousins but NOT the same. Even if it were the same the players the Lakers had in Mike Brown’s era were not all the same players from when Phil coached the triangle so yes they would have difficulty learning it as STEVE NASH HIMSELF SAID!

            Again, nice try though. I admire your dedication to being wrong.

          • independentbynature

            Having another emotional hissy fit,AD.Oh yeah,you are so above all that.LMAO.

          • AD

            You going to keep following me around crybaby? Slapping your dumbass with facts isn’t an emotional hissy fit. Crying about it like you are IS having an emotional hissy fit. Still waiting on the facts….oh wait you all don’t have any.

          • independentbynature

            Here’s a fact for you,junior.You’re a spoiled little brat hoping for a spanking you already got.

          • AD

            No thanks Jerry Sandusky. I don’t want any spanking from retarded, disgusting, moronic old men trolling Lakers articles you sick fuck. Get a life and stop harassing me because I embarrassed you.

          • independentbynature

            Another emotional meltdown,AD.Who is insulting everyone again?H,Y,P,O,C,R,I,T,E.What does that spell?AD,that’s what.

          • AD

            Awww are you crying? Now you are responding to everyone of my comments because I upset your sensitive ass. D-U-M-B-A-S-S. What does that spell? independentbynature, that’s what.

          • independentbynature

            You really are making a fool of yourself.

          • AD

            Cry me a river…then drown in it.

          • independentbynature

            You really know how to hurt a guy….junior.

          • AD

            Did you and Moses go to school together..senior? I would tell you to act your age but then you’d die. I don’t like disrespecting OG Lakers fans but you make it difficult with all your stupidity. Those brain cells have slipped away…just like your youth. Careful not to give yourself a heart attack ok?

          • independentbynature

            They call Lakers fans stupid because you claim to be one.Now you really do know why.

          • AD

            No they call Lakers fans stupid based on people like you and that other moron whose only criteria for hiring a coach is him being a former Laker. Idiot.

          • independentbynature

            Nifty comeback.No,you are.No,you are.Nanananana.How old are you?Come back after puberty.

          • AD

            You’re doing the same thing idiot. Come back when you have a valid opinion cranky old fart. “Let’s hire Byron Scott cause cause cause he was a former Laker duh duh duhhhh that’s all we need to know duh duh *drools*”. IDIOT!

      • independentbynature

        I don’t care what Nash or the mouth of the Celtics has to say.Just giving an interview to Simmons should disqualify you from commenting on the Lakers.The results speak for themselves.Kobe wants to win.He is also the hardest worker in the NBA.He knows the value of practice and discipline.I’m quite sure you are the one who is wrong.Antoni is making Brown look better all the time.

        • AD

          Nash gave the interview dummy so I can’t speak on an interview NASH did because it was with that Celtic retard? Don’t be one of those Lakers fans. You make us all look bad. I don’t care who the interview was with, I’m telling you what he said and hard worker or not NO ONE wants to sit in on 4 1/2 hour practices.

          • independentbynature

            I’m not advocating for Brown,”dummy.”I’m advocating for Scott.They aren’t even remotely similar.You can speak on the interview with the Celtic retard,but what relevance does it have to Scott?It was about Brown and his long practices to install a college offense.You are a little confused.

          • AD

            Let me break it down for you since you all seem to have a hard time comprehending. Duh duh duh. You said Scott is a practice and discipline coach which players need. I responded with the fact that Nash said he and the rest of the team did not like that about Mike Brown when he was coach and gave a direct quote as proof. If players hated Mike Brown practice and discipline orientated schemes then they will hate Byron Scott’s who you are advocating for. That was my response. Now do I have to type it in Spanish for you to get it or no? You are the one confused.

          • independentbynature

            Break down the part about how you aren’t insulting anyone,again.I need a good laugh and hypocrisy always gives me the chuckles.

          • AD

            Oh look another convenient response. The insults came AFTER you insulted me and AFTER your old stupid ass couldn’t grasp 3rd grade logic. Your FIRST response to me was an insult because your no life having ass thinks you RUN Lakers fans and RUN the comment section. You met your superior in me though. Now I’m still waiting on you to have a point.

          • independentbynature

            You insulted yourself.I just pointed it out.

          • AD

            Bore me less, okay? Don’t you have a Lakers fans rally to put together? Mr. President of the Fanclub. Some “Hire Scott cause he’s a former Laker” signs to make? Something? Go away.

          • independentbynature

            You are free to crawl back under the rock you came from at any time,junior.Just stop replying.

          • AD

            Nah prune juice drinker. I’m waiting on your soft boned ass to FINALLY have a logical response to my comments instead of personal attacks…oh wait you can’t because I’M RIGHT. Crawl back under your delusional rock and go make your Byron Scott signs moron.

          • independentbynature

            Yep,3rd grade level,alright….Junior.

          • AD

            Yep old geezer. Junior is smarter than you so you mad.

          • independentbynature

            Another yawner……..

          • AD

            SO YOU MAD OR NAW THEN?

          • independentbynature

            That must be it.I couldn’t grasp your 3rd grade logic.Thanks for the explanation,junior.Here’s my point.Your very first comment was insulting all Lakers fans who like Scott.You went downhill from there and showed what a rude little SOB you really are.Now you don’t have to wait any longer.

          • AD

            Here you go again replying multiple times like the crybaby loser you are. Don’t call me junior, grandpa. I’m pretty sure my 4 year old niece understand basic English better than you do. It’s not my fault your bitchmade ass took offense. A hit dog will holler. You insult me and I respond back so I’m the rude one? That must be old man logic. Fuck off and stop stalking me.

          • independentbynature

            And yet,you keep replying,junior.I’m pretty sure your 4 yr. old niece is more mature than you are,junior.So now it’s the F word.You really are having a hissy fit,junior.Oh no,you’re not rude,junior.LOL.

          • AD

            I’m pretty sure my 4 year old niece could beat you in a debate and that she’s smarter than you. So…you mad or naw?

          • independentbynature

            Why don’t you call her over to help you then,junior.You certainly need help….Junior.

          • AD

            Listen limp dick. The only reason I’d call her over is to have her embarrass you yet again and prove that you can’t even debate on a 4 year olds level.

          • imbwar

            Don’t argue with this person… you will not get any brain cells back… just ignore him.. I am..

          • AD

            Says the illiterate dumbass who can’t read or debate properly. Sorry for embarrassing you.

          • Terrell

            It’s no use AD. Coming here and reading posts from Laker fans, it’s obvious they have lost it. Reason, Logic, and most of all, Patience is out the window with these guys. They are just pacing back and forth, foaming at the mouth, with torch in one hand and pitchfork in another.

          • AD

            LMAO! I’m honestly embarrassed that as a fan I have to be associated with them because I like the Lakers too. I mean seriously it’s like I’m talking to 10 year olds.

          • independentbynature

            Don’t worry.You’re not really associated with real Lakers fans,AD.You are soooo superior.LOL.

          • AD

            I’m superior to you. At least you got that one right. You aren’t a real Lakers fan either. Terrell is the example of a real fan who isn’t dumb like you. You are the joke fan that other people laugh at and mock because you’re so stupid. I’d NEVER want to be associated with you.

          • independentbynature

            You are welcome to your own groupies,if it makes you feel superior.Whatever helps you with your insecurities is OK by me.LMAO.I was a fan before you were even born.Careful though,your emotional hissy fits are bad for your health.

          • AD

            LMAO! You are so sad. You get an A for your continued effort no matter how stupid you look. That’s real dedication. You had no problem when your equally dumb groupie was running around here backing you up now because someone agrees with me they’re a “groupie”. Typical. Oh okay then that explains it, you’re old and out of touch, probably losing your mental faculties. Sorry old man you don’t get a pass though. I’ll still let you know that you’re stupid.

          • independentbynature

            So now you’re calling your groupie,Terrell dumb?Nice.You’re a real class act.All you let me know is that you are stupid.Real stupid.

          • AD

            There goes your inability to comprehend what you read again. When I say “equally dumb” I’m referring to the fact that your asshole groupie is JUST AS DUMB AS YOU. I’m not talking about Terrell you fucking moron. How frigging ironic that I have to explain that WHILE calling you stupid. Damn old man, how many times did you fail in school? Poor old fella losing the little bit of marbles he had. Amazing that you even know how to use a computer.

          • independentbynature

            No,it’s your inability to convey a coherent statement that is the problem.Many other 3rd graders have that same problem you do.

          • AD

            You would know since you are mentally on the same wavelength as a 3rd grader. Your sentence made NO SENSE and YOU KNOW IT hence the reason you can’t reply and explain how it did. Ad hominem responses aren’t work you old stupid fuck. Who wouldn’t take the chance to explain themselves when someone is calling them a dumbass? Oh right YOU the dumbass because you know it was a stupid comment. I was so calm in dealing with your stupidity and it got you so mad that you couldn’t hang with the big dogs and respond to me with any facts. Stay mad.

          • independentbynature

            Adults don’t always reply to every tantrum a 3rd grader throws.Sometimes,we just laugh.

          • AD

            LMFAO! Stay mad.

          • independentbynature

            YAWN…….

          • AD

            YOU MAD………..

        • roseducanna

          Everything KOBEEN want.But can he forget selfish and one men team (shooter)?

        • comrade24

          The only mark on Mike Brown was his insistence to use the Princeton offense which just didn’t fit the personnel we had. So FO does what to correct the situation? oh yeah, fire him and hire a different coach who will impliment a system that once again doesn’t fit the personnel. Good job FO. People want to blame Antoni, but he is what he is, and they knew who they were hiring. Can’t blame the guy for taking a job knowing what he does and then get mad at him for doing it. There’s lots of good coaches out there, FA’s, and the first draft for Lakers fans to be interested in since 2005. It’s pretty sad that it’s April and instead of looking forward to the playoffs, i’m looking forward to offseason moves already.

      • nlruizjr

        Gasol, “this team needs discipline”, that sort of says it all.

    • Joseph Apohen

      Kobe has a good relationship with Scott. He mentored Kobe when he first arrived as a 17(?) year old.

      • independentbynature

        Yes,he did.I believe there is mutual respect between them.Let’s hope we can recapture the glory days of showtime when the Lakers ruled.

  • independentbynature

    I’m so tired of seeing that ugly picture of Antoni’s hissy fit.They should’ve put a picture of Scott and Rambis to headline this story.Give us a break,already.

  • Jared

    Why are they so hellbent on hiring from within the Laker family?!? There are plenty of solid choices outside the Laker family tree not named Brown or D’Antoni, that have just as good if not better resumes than Byron Scott. I think you need a coach that gets along with players, but ALSO one that is not afraid to stand up to Kobe and put him in his place whenever he goes off on the reservation and starts playing “hero” or “black-hole” basketball.

    • independentbynature

      It’s not the coach’s job to get along with players.And Scott already has Kobe’s respect.The last 2 hires of outsiders hasn’t worked too well.And who is it that has a better resume than Scott and is available?I don’t see anyone fitting that description.

      • Jose

        Scott would be a bad choice but I wonder what Hollins is doing these days he may be a coach that can get defense back in order in LA!!

        • Jose

          I meant wouldn’t be a bad choice!

          • independentbynature

            Ok.Never mind then.LOL.

          • Sylvia Ross

            Hollins, would be a person that Byron should include on his coaching staff. Hollins, did a good job when he was acting head coach. I thought the Lakers were going to retain him until a decent replacement could be found.

          • imbwar

            just saw this…lol

        • independentbynature

          Why would Scott be a bad choice?Former coach of the year.Two finals appearances with the Nets.Coached Nets,Hornets and Cavs.So,plenty of experience.He’s a balanced coach who knows offense and defense.Has ties to Lakers as a player who won rings.Has Kobe’s respect.And he wants the job…Where’s the bad?

        • imbwar

          Hollins will be GSW head coach… Scott will be an excellent choice… jmho

      • Chrmngblly

        I do. Jerry Sloan.

        • independentbynature

          Although he is a fantastic coach,Jerry Sloan has zero interest in the Lakers job.

          • Chrmngblly

            Tell us all how you came by this information. Have you been listening to AD again? I would never consider working for Jim Buss either, though, to tell the truth.

          • independentbynature

            It goes back to when Brown was fired.Sloan stated then that he had no interest in coaching the Lakers.I’m assuming that hasn’t changed.

          • Chrmngblly

            Excuse me. I didn’t catch that when it happened. I would still call him up. I would, but Jim Buss would not.

          • independentbynature

            I would check with him,too out of due dillagence.Didn’t mean to come at you like Daryl.No need to get nasty.LOL.

    • Sylvia Ross

      If that’s what you’re looking for then Byron would be the right coach. I think Kobe respects Byron and would do what is asked of him as a player.

      • Tyrone

        He butted heads with Phil, he would clash with anybody even if he had played with them or respects them etc…just saying.

    • imbwar

      Yup! Byron Scott.. who btw took on mentorship of a young Kobe his last year with the Lakers…

  • Rigged4fun

    Jim B. will never agree to Byron. He has too many connections to Phil.

    • independentbynature

      I don’t think anyone can fathom what Jimmy Buss will do.But,I haven’t heard that.What connections to PJ are you referring to?I’ve heard just the opposite.Scott is respected by FO.His ties are to the Lakers and the glory days.

    • imbwar

      No, Byron has no connection to Phil…. he has with Pat Riley.. none with Phil.. and Kurt was on Phil’s bench and if JB really felt some type of way Kurt wouldn’t be an assistant now.

      • Rigged4fun

        You are right imbwar, for some reason I was thinking of Brian Shaw. My bad…..

        • imbwar

          No problem, I’ve made that exact same mistake, bro… and you’re correct JB wouldn’t hire B.Shaw.. because of the Phil connection and even Jerry West hinted at the reason why he left the Lakers was due to Phil’s connection to Jeannie and the closeness of their relationship and felt that Phil had the ear of Dr. Buss, a little too much… but I have made that same mistake Rigged4fun…

  • 3339

    it’s not if, it’s when
    personally I think Byron would be a great coach for us. He knows what the Laker franchise is all about and he has been to the NBA Finals as a coach. When Kobe first entered the league, Scott was his mentor. Be fitting to have him there in Kobe’s final years.
    I also think Steve Kerr is going to be a solid coach in this league. The man knows the game and seems to be able to relate to players well which is more important than x’s and o’s. I think he will be great with superstars especially. The man did tell MJ what to do in the closing seconds of a Finals game.

    • independentbynature

      You’re right,but Kerr has no coaching experience.You don’t get your first job coaching the Lakers.You don’t start at the top.Byron is the man.

  • John

    i agree if we have a totally new guy it would make it better cuz look at the suns coach the dude was just a player now his team which isn’t special or anything are going to make the playoffs and i reassure you they wont lose the first round. Anyway I think we just need to start fresh.

  • hoperhetoric

    No way. They previosly coached Klove & Irving & had a very bad record!
    Kurt has been around since PHil days & the Lakers still sucks at defense.

    Sign someone who is mentored by Spurs organization!
    I still love the spread the floor & point guard offense…
    The spurs are also using the Dantoni offense but made it perfect by mixing it with a lot of players cutting after spread the floor is set.
    The secret of those system is the ability to disorient opponents.
    A disorienting offense is a defense in disguise because when opponents are disoriented w/fast ball movement, lots of cutting & dribble penetration they surely use a lot of physical & mental energy, makes them miss shots & their moral to defense is down.

    We saw glimpses of good Dantoni defense when the players are in rhythm making shots. So offense has something to do with defense.
    The bad thing about Dantoni is his stubborness in benching good players.

    The spurs perfected the Dantoni offense w/o using small ball because they always play splitter & Duncan at the same time. But still able to spread the flloor.

    The Spurs using two big players in frontline + cutters(players closer to the rim for rebound) makes them a great rebounding team!.
    While Dantoni doesnt want a big stretch 4 & total spread the floor w/o cutters, makes them a bad rebounding team!

    Find someone from spurs organization or someone willing to copy the spurs system.

    Stay away from Pau Gasol if the Lakers want to be a good defensive team.
    He’s aged, bad mobility & slow reaction time to protect the paint. All he can boast is his offense, but he rarely makes consecutive shots & always MIA in clutch time.

    • independentbynature

      Spurs do not use Antoni’s offense……And he doesn’t even know what defense is.

      • Jack

        Spurs use some degree of MDA’s offense. They are as much an up and down Tony-parker centric offense with shooters spread out the court. Yes, they still have the ability to go slow and pound it to Tim, but anybody looking without bias can see the MDA offense being used in their system to a degree You people are so blinded in hatred towards the guy, you can’t see that he was instrumental in how the game is being played now. I get you all don’t like him, but to completely discredit the guy that he hasn’t done anything or influenced the NBA game in some way is preposterous. Pop, Spoelstra and the other coaches in the league credit D’Antoni for it.

        • Chrmngblly

          This is so lame. Small-ball didn’t come from MDA, it came from the ABA, the same as the 3-point line. The whole idea was to give the “little man a chance”. Steve Nash made that idea popular because he could drive and pop to an outside shooter. MDA just took advantage of what he had in Nash and Amare. But they had no defense, either.
          Setting the record straight….

    • imbwar

      Ummm, we did hire someone from Spurs nation… Mike Brown

      • hoperhetoric

        Lakers almost beat the thunder in playoffs under brown if not for clutch errors. So his defense works. But his offense sucks because he did not copy the spread the floor.

        • imbwar

          Mike is a defensive coach, not a bad coach at all..there was just some disconnect between he and the players…

          • Chrmngblly

            Well, none of the players believe this or they would play D. Disconnect you say? This happens on every team he has ever coached, then.

    • e3bonz

      What the heck does & amp mean?

      • independentbynature

        I was wondering that,too.LOL.

      • Guest

        It just means &. In web coding, [code]&[/code] is used to create an ampersand. Something just went wrong with his comments.

  • Ted

    I’d rather have Jeff Van Gundy or Lionel Hollins. Maybe even Kevin Ollie. Byron did take the Nets to the Finals, but it didn’t take long after those trips that he lost the NJ locker room after I guess a falling out with JKidd

    • independentbynature

      Jason Kidd was a coach killer.He’s still doing it from the bench,too.(Lawrence Frank) I don’t think JVG would take the job.Both JVG and Scott are Riley disciples. JVG’s teams play tough defense,but can’t score a basket and Scott is a better fit than Hollins.Ollie,although promising,isn’t even in the same league with the rest.Some players don’t like discipline or practice.Doesn’t mean they don’t need it.Especially young players.

    • imbwar

      Kevin Ollie?? seriously? Jeff Van Gundy and Lionel Hollins is guilty of what you claim with Bryon… Van Gundy fired twice and one was for insubordination (remember Huston Rockets) Lionel great coach, just have a feeling he’ll be going to GSW…. but we’ll see”

  • jeffseltzer

    From a pure basketball standpoint, I don’t think it matters at this point. A top-notch coach is most useful when it comes to taking a team on the brink to that next level (Doc Rivers, Phil Jackson). Right now, the Lakers lack talent, and no coach in today’s NBA will be able to win with a team without talent. However, the next coach named will send a message and set a tone for the fans and potential free agents. Do the Lakers go BOLD and bring in someone that says, “We are serious about winning?” Or, do they go SAFE and hire someone that doesn’t offend, but doesn’t excite. Or, do they go CHEAP and stick with Mike?

    • independentbynature

      The right coach matters.It is the foundation you build on.You can’t move forward with the same losing culture Antoni has instilled.No defense is not acceptable.

  • AD

    No thanks to either of them. I don’t know why fans are in love with Bryon Scott. Lionel Hollins took a mediocre team to the WCF and the best defensive record in the league.

    • AD

      *Byron

      • independentbynature

        We’re glad you’re not in charge.

        • AD

          Ditto for you. His coaching record is not great in case you didn’t know and he basically preaches the same shit as D’Antoni.

          • independentbynature

            Scott has twice as many wins,has gone farther in the playoffs than Hollins and is a coach of the year winner,in case you didn’t know.Both played at ASU.Both are good coaches.Scott is better.We love Scott because he is a Laker and a winner.Strange you can’t see that.And Memphis was not a mediocre team last year.

          • independentbynature

            And Scott is NOTHING like Antoni.That comment calls into question your comprehension.

          • AD

            Why are you so emotional? It doesn’t you are just a know it all ranting all over the comments and putting down others opinions. His coaching record is below .500. You realize that right?

            You realize multiple players on multiple teams have quit on him and tuned him out right? From Jason Kidd to David West and the list goes on. Hence the poll were players DO NOT want to play for him. Then why the hell would we hire him when we want to ATTRACT free agents? You dismiss the poll as if it’s insignificant when in fact it’s very important to our future if guys don’t want to play for him. I don’t care if he’s a former Laker, it’s about who is best and he hasn’t won anything. He’s been fired twice right? He only went further because he had Jason Kidd and Chris Paul leading the way in a completely different era of the NBA basketball. Hollins knocked out the top seed in the Spurs and reached the WCF in the
            stacked west and basically swept the Clippers is a way bigger accomplishment, especially when your best players are Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph compared to a prime Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. No one
            expected them to reach the WCF is what I’m saying. The Grizzlies do not have multiple all stars and superstars. Your comment calls into your comprehension.

          • independentbynature

            Why are you coming off like”How could we possibly want Scott?”Take out the impossible Cavs job and you’ll get an accurate appraisal of Scott’s ability.And why do you think Hollins was fired?You are the one who thinks you know better than the rest of us and your ego just can’t take disagreement with your”superior” judgement.Lakers fans want Scott.No one cares what you want.You can disagree,but don’t come in hear acting like we have no basis for our opinion.You know far less than you think you do.FAR LESS.Take an opinion poll on that.

          • AD

            No I’m not coming off like that at all. You responded to me with a smartass rude comment and I’m supposed to reply in what way? I personally don’t want him as the coach and unlike other people I gave reasons as to why. We can all disagree BUT at least let’s have some respect for one another.

            Hollins was fired because they got a new owner, it wasn’t based on his record or abilities. Defense wins championships and he’s a defensive minded coach-and he has a good record in a very short amount of time. Those are my reasons. What are your reasons for liking Byron Scott OTHER THAN him being an ex-Laker? We as fans have to stop being so emotionally tied up in things and think logically.

            I am a Lakers fan so what I want matters as well. I didn’t know you were the President of Lakers fans. Not all Lakers fans want Scott but there goes your “I’m the authority” ego yet again. You can throw all the tantrums you want on what I do and do not know(funny how the HELL would you know?) but at least my comments are based in fact and logic and NOT emotion. Good thing you don’t run the Lakers, hire the one coach NBA players do not want to play for, shoot us in the foot one more time-bottom of the west here we come again!

          • independentbynature

            Is calling me a “dummy” a sign of respect?Practice what you preach.You started off holier than thou.You think polls are so important?Take one here on who wants Scott.Wasn’t that your original gripe?Insulting all of us who did?How could we possibly want Scott?Don’t be a hypocrite.I don’t have to call you a “dummy.”Your comments speak for themselves.

          • AD

            When you say foolish things like this, “Just giving an interview to Simmons should disqualify you from commenting on the Lakers.” How else am I to respond?

            Taking a poll here would be pointless for two reasons;
            1. Lakers fans like Byron Scott because he is an ex-Laker
            2.Lakers fans ARE NOT NBA PLAYERS!

            I didn’t insult anybody. I said I can’t believe so many people like him, they have that right I just don’t understand WHY and no one had a convincing argument other than “He was a Laker!”

            You can’t call me a dummy because my comments actually make sense. I’m waiting on you to have a point or prove me wrong like I just did to you multiple times.

          • independentbynature

            You are delusional.You’ve proved nothing except that you are a legend in your own mind.Hating Celtics is not foolish.It is a Lakers tradition.And yes,I certainly could call you a dummy.I could call you an arrogant self-important dummy…I could.But why bother.You are doing fine on your own.Multiple times.

          • AD

            You said I can’t comment on the Lakers because Steve Nash, a Laker, did an interview with Bill Simmons. How is that logical? I hate every team that isn’t the Lakers. I’m not going to NOT use a quote simply because the interviewer was Bill Simmons. How stupid are you that you can’t understand that?

            Unlike YOU I don’t think I’m the authority, a legend, or spokesman for Lakers fans. Keep harping on “what ifs” and “coulds”. I already did it with you and provided proof of why you are a moron. Once again, you can’t say the same for me.

          • independentbynature

            I didn’t say you couldn’t comment on the Lakers because of an interview or any other reason.I gave my opinion of Simmons.”How stupid are you that you can’t understand that?”Who’s getting “emotional” again?And who wants to keep civility,again,”moron”?You’ve only proved yourself to be a hypocrite.At least we both agree that you are no authority.That was an easy one.

          • AD

            YES YOU DID and I just gave the quote YOU typed out. You talk so much nonsense and are too busy trying to be the self imposed President of the Lakers fans that you forget what you say. You are terribly slow and it’s embarrassing for you. I had to type the same reply over and over for it to finally sink into your thick skull. Now you’ve retreated and resorted to ad hominem responses because you realized you are wrong.

            You’re done for. I stuck the fork in you long ago. And you’re authority? LOL! Okay self proclaimed Lakers fan President. Keep living in your own delusional world.

          • independentbynature

            No,I didn’t.Did you give Simmons the interview or did Nash?I thought Nash did.So how does that apply to you?Maybe I’ve misjudged you.I though you understood English.Your comprehension problems would explain a lot.Sorry,I didn’t mean to pick on your weaknesses.

          • AD

            Exactly dumbass then learn how to type! The sentence NEVER made any sense and you are STILL to dumb to realize that. “Just giving an interview to Simmons should disqualify you from commenting on the Lakers.” So who are you talking about? So Nash shouldn’t comment on the Lakers for giving Simmons an interview even though HE IS A LAKER? You are dumb either way your comment was intended because you can’t put together a comprehensible sentence.

          • independentbynature

            English doesn’t make sense to you,”dumbass.”What a little girl you are.

          • AD

            Keep spinning in circles attempting to rectify your idiotic mistakes. You can’t even explain how it made sense.

          • independentbynature

            Well,I’m not on your 3rd grade level.So,it’s not easy to explain adult matters to a petulant child.

          • AD

            Oh stealing my comments now. How original old man. Take your nap, you get cranky when you don’t have a nap. Your comments wouldn’t make sense to anyone. Child, dog, adult, alien because it was stupid and stupid across all ages, races, demographics, languages, breeds, colors and creeds. You are stupid and always will be. Deal with it.

          • independentbynature

            Who am I to disagree with you calling yourself a 3rd grader.It’s the only time you knew what you were talking about.

          • AD

            You mad.

          • independentbynature

            Isn’t it past your bedtime,junior?

          • AD

            You mad.

            Am I right?

            Yup….YOU MAD!

    • imbwar

      Mediocre team??? yeah we’re absolutely glad you’re not in charge.

      • AD

        Thanks for that brilliant comment, now where have I heard that before….great debate tactics!

        • imbwar

          It’s only a debate when you state something worth debating… have a good day though!!

          • AD

            Nice cop out. Parroting another users comment and offering no explanation for your opinion.

            I’m having a great day, thank you.

          • independentbynature

            You seem a little emotionally disturbed to me.Not really such a great day for you.LMAO.

          • AD

            Says the loser stalking all my comments because I embarrassed him and his dumbass opinions. Any day I embarrass a know it all, who doesn’t know it all, is a great day for me. You seem on the verge of a breakdown because I ruined your day with facts. LMFAO! What a great day it is.

          • independentbynature

            You only embarrassed yourself.Laugh yourself into another hissy fit.Sorry.A little boy like you isn’t capable of ruining my day.Was that your motivation?

          • AD

            You mad old man or nah? My motivation was proving how much of an idiot you are, luckily it was quite easy to do with a lot of assistance from you. You still replying to ALL of my comments because you are THAT butt hurt? Wow!

          • independentbynature

            Oh,I’m not mad.I find your meltdown quite amusing.You are the one replying to my comments.I’m pulling your strings like a puppet,little boy.Your childish comments are getting boring,though.Must be your 3rd grade logic you were talking about.

          • AD

            You responded to literally every comment I made even the ones not in response to you. Sounds like you mad. You aren’t doing anything. You aren’t smart enough. Stop acting like you’re some genius mastermind. Better yet, get a life. I’m enjoying embarrassing the shit out of you and laughing at how absolutely stupid you are. So…YOU MAD…OR NAW?

          • independentbynature

            You must enjoy embarrassing yourself.My only embarrassment is for you,junior.

          • AD

            SO YOU MAD OR NAW?

            LOLZ

          • independentbynature

            Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..junior.

          • AD

            Awwwww yeahhhhh YOU REAL MAD!

  • Marty Susman

    THE BEST WAY TO GO NOW WHOULD BE TO HAVE BYRON SCOTT AS HEAD GUY, RAMBUS, D. FISH & KAREEM AS ASST ON THE BENCH.

  • Garrett

    People can talk all they want about atmosphere and building culture, but you’re not building any if you’re not given or you don’t have the right tools to work with. Give Doc or Popovich or Riley this SAME EXACT team from this season and all the issues/injuries that came with it, and guess what? They will be lottey bound too.

    • independentbynature

      I doubt it.None of them ignore team defense and play smallball.Not even close.

      • Garrett

        They don’t ignore em, but there’s nothing they can do when the guys they send out there are Kendall “the next time I stop my man from going by me will the first” marshall, Pau “what is rim protection?” Gasol, Jordan “I’m trying but I’m just not that quick” Farmar, Ryan “I’m trying. I’m challenging shots but I’m just outmuscled everytime” Kelly etc..
        Oh, and the Spurs DO play small ball. Not 100% of the time, but they do play it.

        • independentbynature

          You are right about some of the players.I disagree about Farmar.But,those are the players Antoni gives the most minutes to.As for the Spurs,they mostly play a half-court offense based on motion to create multiple looks.Post movement,strong to weak side perimeter movement,multiple position filling and looping.They shoot 3′s,but they go inside out first.They use spread P&R and some read and react.They do not run down the court and shoot a 3 in 7 seconds or less.Pop would go crazy.Pop knows how to use bigs.Antoni doesn’t.

      • Josh

        None of them play small ball? Riley built a team that doesn’t even have a center.

        • independentbynature

          But they don’t ignore defense.They also have LeBron James..They also don’t run down the court and chuck up 3ptrs in 7 seconds or less.They also post up.And did I say they play DEFENSE……Got it now?

          • Josh

            7 seconds or less was Phoenix. The offense in LA now is, Move the ball and take the first good shot. And I really disagree with the idea that the Lakers ignore defense; they just suck at defense. There’s a difference.

          • independentbynature

            You’re right,they suck at it.But from a coaching stand point,there really is no difference.They don’t work on it.It’s not stressed by Antoni.He’s had all season to address it and hasn’t.They are even getting worse.Listen to what he says during TOs.It’s always “let’s go,let’s go,let’s go.Always about the offense.Never a word about defense.And all his line ups are offensive oriented experiments.The coach ignores defense.I think that is obvious.If you can’t see that,I don’t know what else to say.We’ll just have to agree to disagree.They are the worst defensive team in the NBA.I think they rank 29th,but they are the worst.There is no excuse for the complete lack of attention to it and effort for it.The buck stops with the coach.He’s never been known for defense and there is a reason for that.You can’t win without defense in any sport.Even without great individual defenders,you can still play team defense by helping eachother.They don’t.

  • kookiebuger

    The Lakers should target Kevin Ollie it makes to much sense. Uconn was a solid defensive team (unsure if it was because of the players or because of Ollie, worth the gamble), he can play with ball dominant players (Napier), Ollie did play high school ball in South Central Los Angeles at Crenshaw High so he might want to return to LA, his biggest advantage is “His mind-set, his professionalism every single day,”-Durant this is exactly what the Lakers. Did I mention KD happens to be a free agent in 2016 and that he happens to respect Ollie? Maybe enough to leave OKC (if they don’t win) and join the Lakers (if the team gets better).

  • dont

    why not hire both scott and rambis, scott the head coach and rambis the defensive coach and any other coaches they choose.

  • Timothy

    I respect Dwight Howard a million times more than Mike D’Antoni at least Dwight Coward had the decency to leave $30 million dollars on the table when he knew all of us Lakers fans hated his ass and wanted him gone on the other hand piece of scrap human scum Mike D’Antoni won’t just resign quit and leave $4 million dollars on the table,Mike D’Antoni is the most hated coach in the history of Los Angeles sports.Most despised man on earth is Mike D’Antoni according to Lakers fans we just want him to be gone from the coaching job.Make it official.

    D’Antoni has no dignity or self respect he is a absolute pathetic excuse for a NBA Coach.Just a big idiot loser.Mike D’Antoni needs to just realize the Lakers fans hate him and want him gone,he is not welcome and he is unwanted by the fans.Why the hell is he still the coach?

    This is horrible for everyone involved.Why continue to anguish in pain and suffering Mike D’Antoni??????????????????????Some stupid team will hire him as a assistant coach or possibly a head coach somewhere but not likely.Maybe Phoenix will rehire Mike D’Antoni to be a commentator or a radio personality he can get a gig somewhere but not with the Lakers his time has come and gone as a Lakers coach,it’s over as Drake says.
    Fire Mike D’Antoni please i am begging Mitch!We gotta do better than D’Antoni.

  • Timothy

    Yes hire Byron Scott he is a million times better than Mike D’Antoni.Fire D’Antoni!

  • shabazzExumEmbiid

    lakes are blind if they cnt see embiid as a young motombo/Durant, and exum like a young kobe we need a future and these two look like they would play pro ball together we neeed both asap add shabazz nipier in the mix and we have a 3peat this is the future!!!!!

    • ranfan

      lol how are lakers supposed to get all of those players haha

  • William

    Both of these candidates suck, Scott mailed it in, and all Rambis would do is attempt to reinvent the triangle offense 2 years after it was over. Avery Johnson should be at the top of a very short list

    • Josh

      Avery Johnson is one of the dumbest guys to ever grace the NBA, and you want him to follow two of the other dumbest ever in Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni? I was never a Phil fan, but we need an intelligent coach like Phil. Byron Scott has brains.

      • independentbynature

        And besides that,the the players would go insane having to listen to Avery’s voice everyday.

      • William

        Byron Scott is a moron, and hes lazy, Phil Jackson’s coaching days are over, he demonstrated as much during the last year of his last stint, Rambis is a permanent fixture as an assistant, but I wouldn’t want him running my team as the head guy

        • Josh

          I’m not sure why you would call BScott a lazy moron. He’s dedicated and expects dedication from his players. He makes them work hard in practice so the game becomes easier. He built the mediocre Nets into a championship contender. He built the absolutely miserable Hornets into a playoff team. He mentored Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul.

          I didn’t say I wanted Phil. I never wanted Phil when he came the first time. I didn’t want him when he came back the second time. Phil is an intelligent coach who understands the game and can get players to buy into playing it his way. I want a coach like Phil, who is intelligent, understands the game, and can get players to buy into playing it his way.

  • Robert Perez

    For next season every game just pick a random fan to coach… I’m sure theyll do a better job than that Mr Pringles guy.

    • Josh

      Select a random fan from the arena for home games and they will sell out every night again.

  • james

    I would say that we need to go in the direction of legacy once more and hire Scott as a head coach, keep rambis and hire kareem as another assistant. My dad talked to him at a book signing, and the guy wants to coach. I say if we draft embiid, that’d be huge. We have to teach legacy once more, and what’s a better start than having showtime on the bench? We would have coaches that played with 3 different styles: speed, hustle, intelligence.

  • Josh

    I’m not someone who believes in vexes or curses or whatever, but… Has anyone else noticed that Minnesota always underachieved under Kurt Rambis because of major injury problems? Now the Lakers? What’s going on, Kurt? Are you beating players while they sleep or something?

    I love Kurt Rambis and he would be my second choice to coach (behind Byron Scott). Just an observation.

    • independentbynature

      I think The T-wolves were cursed by the wrath of Kahn,Josh.And what about last season’s injuries?Rambis wasn’t here.I think Antoni is the curse.His style of play does not fit the roster and he over uses some players.In New York,they joked about Antoni’s 4 man rotation.He is definitely responsible for Kobe’s injury.

      • Josh

        He’s not responsible for Kobe’s injury. It was just a fluke thing that can happen to anyone at any time. If Kobe was overused, it is because Kobe promised a playoff run and was determined to make good on it no matter what injuries the team was dealing with. If Nash had been healthy, Kobe would not have played as much.

        You want to see a coach that overplays guys? Look at Thibodeau, who most would agree is one of the best coaches in the league.

        • independentbynature

          You’re right about Thibs.But,over using Kobe definitely contributed to Kobe’s injury.All players want to stay in the game.Whether they do or not,is the coach’s decision.He over used Kobe this year,too.He gave him too many minutes too soon and Kobe suffered another injury because he wasn’t ready.These decisions are always on the coach.That is what they are paid for.You can’t deflect the blame for the bad ones anymore than you can credit for the good ones.Thibs made the best of the players he had left this year.Antoni has done a very poor job.There are always excuses for failure.Winners adapt and overcome.

  • RUDY T.

    Hire James Worthy he seems like the perfect Lakers coach.

  • Kobe

    Damn it the Lakers should fire D’Antoni.
    Hire Geno Auriemma,

  • roseducanna

    Hire J.West for president. Rambis and Fisher for Ast. coach.

    • Josh

      And while we’re at it, sell the team to Pat Riley. I would say sign Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza and Sasha Vujacic…but forget that. Sign Magic and Kareem and Shaq and James. Jerry West can be president, assistant coach, and Kobe’s backup!

  • Alan Sien

    I would rather hire Scott because he preached defense just because his tea wasn’t that good. If they have Scott this year Lakers might still be close to playoff hunt. Remember, Lakers will run the triangle offense which slow everything down. Then we wouldn’t have that many injuries this year. I take Scott because he learned it from Phil who do we want to coach the Lakers? Phil.

  • comrade24

    I’d be cool with Byron Scott coaching, also wouldn’t mind Lionel Hollins.

  • VPHolster

    What if Mike Krzyzewski was willing to coach the lakers

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