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Lakers Rumors: Team Isn’t Likely To Hire Head Coach Before July

With the NBA Draft just three days away, the Los Angeles Lakers have yet to hire a new head coach after Mike D’Antoni’s resignation. While the team has taken its time interviewing numerous candidates, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports Los Angeles will likely not hire a coach before free agency begins on July 1:

“But the Lakers haven’t been in a hurry to hire anyone because, why would they be when hiring someone could affect the decision of a free agent they might court after July 1? As sweetners go, influence over a coaching hire is a pretty good one.”

While the Lakers are not expected to hire a coach before free agency begins, the team has already interviewed Byron Scott three times and the former Laker is considered the front runner for the position:

They don’t even have a coach yet, although Byron Scott has already had three interviews and is considered the frontrunner.

For the Lakers, the franchise faces its most important off-season in nearly a decade after a 27-55 season. However, with just three players under contract, the seventh pick, and ample cap room, the organization is in prime position to quickly rebuild themselves back into championship contenders.

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The first step to this rebuild process takes place on June 26 with the NBA Draft. While the team is deciding between drafting a power forward or point guard should they ultimately decide to keep the pick, Los Angeles has been in numerous trade rumors involving the Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers.
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  • Spitfire

    All those who wants Scott as the Lakers coach.
    Owner of 26-game losing streak in 2010 with the Cavs.
    His last 3 years of coaching record.
    19-63, 21-45, 24-58.
    You want that?! Seriously?!
    Dont dig up his resume before because we are talking about his latest records during his stint with the Cavs. I am hoping for a better coach out there not named Scott or much worse Rambis, who by the way, MDA’s “defensive coach” who did nothing to help the Lakers defense last season. And oh yeah his last stint with the Wolves 16-66 with Kevin Love in there. So that is why i dont like this candidates to be the Lakers coach.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      How can you dismiss everything he did before the Cavs? The Cavs job was a failure the second Lebron announced “The Decision.” A little more perspective on the Cavs seasons with the two best players on the roster who played at least half of the team’s minutes.

      2011 – 19-63 – Ramon Sessions, JJ Hickson
      2012 – 21-45 – Antawn Jamison, Alonzo Gee
      2013 – 24-58 – Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson

      Don’t blame injuries, bad rosters, and poor management for the failures of Scott and Rambis. And don’t fool yourself into thinking there is a single coach available (or recently hired) who has a better track record than Byron Scott.

      • Lakers Fan

        Scott hasn’t had any success since getting fired by the Nets, who he took to the Finals in a weak conference. He had two superstar PG’s, whereas Hollins had no superstar to work with and got them to the WCF in a much tougher conference than Scott has ever faced. Hollins beat top-tier teams when he took over that Memphis team, so how doesn’t he have a better track record than Scott? He also has a 51% winning percentage while Scott has a 44% winning percentage. Scott is good at developing PGs, but so is Hollins. I don’t see how you can say Scott is the best candidate available.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          Consecutive conference finals in a weak conference, but Larry Brown and Eric Spoelstra are the only other coaches to do it since then. Scott turned two miserable franchises into contenders, and he did it in the West with the Hornets. But postseason success is why I say Scott has a better track record than any other option. I ranked the top 14 candidates who were being discussed at one point, and here’s how Scott and Hollins stack up by playoff series records:

          1. Byron Scott – 7-4, 0-2 finals, 3-1 first round
          6. Lionel Hollins – 3-3, 0-0 finals, 2-1 first round

          • Lakers Fan

            He was playing against lesser talent. The West is much more difficult than the the West was when Scott was the coach of the Hornets. The West sure as hell is harder than the East was when he was the coach of the Nets and the Cavs. The West standings can go 10-11 deep with teams capable of making the playoffs. Scott also couldn’t get the Hornets past the second round. Imagine what he will be able to do with the West being as stacked as it is today. You have to take into account the teams both these coaches were playing against. That factors into the record these coaches hold.

          • nlruizjr

            BScott .683 2007-2008 NO Hornet’s 1st place in southwest, how did that slip by you ?????

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            When Scott was coaching the Hornets, the team had just been moved from the East to West in a realignment, and Katrina stole their arena from them. They had no home arena and started out as the absolute worst team in the conference. Scott made them contenders despite those circumstances. They took a very good Spurs team (coached by one of the greatest of all time) to 7 games that year in the second round.

          • johnnybravo

            numbers don’t lie

        • DKWTTY

          Let’s not also forget that Scott was picked as one of the most disliked coaches by NBA players in a survey they did. If they are trying to lure free agents before announcing who the coach is then announcing Scott is the coach….they are out of their mind. No superstar is going to come play with no HC.

          • Truth B Told

            You do not have one written item to prove that…….actually it’s to the contrary…….CP3 was upset when Scott was let go…One of the reason he’s a Clipper.Kyrie Irving also was upset over Scott firing…..There’s written documentation on what I have said…….I have none on your statement.

          • DKWTTY

            Are you kidding right now? You can go google the article. They polled the players and he wasn’t well liked. He’s a Clipper because Scott was let go or he played in a hellhole for an equally shitty team? LOL!! You forget he was traded to us first or you just randomly making stuff up? You have your information wrong buddy. Where is this written to? So because ONE player you alleged was upset overrides entire articles based on what hundreds of NBA players said? Yeah okay. CP3 also claims he didn’t know Donald Sterling was a racist. I don’t give a fuck what he says or thinks. It was Sports Illustrated poll. I suggest you go look again. Don’t bring no shit to me talking about it ain’t true like I made this shit up out of thin air.

          • nlruizjr

            really Sports Ills. and you believe everything SI writes, ha, ha, ha, that would even be embarrassing to admit !!!!!

          • DKWTTY

            Not half as embarrassing as your spelling and grammar. A poll=embarrassing. Rigggghhhtttt they made it up. Now I understand why they say Lakers fans are dumb. Don’t claim us in public please.

          • nlruizjr

            Well Mr. Poll believer, your stupidity is beyond belief, just to give you an example as to how manipulating polls can be, wasn’t it Romney who believed his polls, that he was going to win over Obama by the millions, I believe that is larger than the piss poor poll SI put together, gee I guess you must feel stupid now or is that dumb now, I don’t think you are a Laker fan, no Laker fan is dumb enough to believe in polls, do you still believe in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny, ha, ha,ha. Oh btw, I hope your comprehension is large enough to handle more than 2 sentences. It appears that I just might be pushing it !!!!!

          • DKWTTY

            So now you’re comparing a simple NBA poll done by a sports magazine to a national presidency poll. Wow! That’s astonishingly moronic. Yes SI has a personal vendetta against Stan Van Gundy and Byron Scott! It was fixed!! Bwahahahaha. That’s the DUMBEST thing I’ve ever read. Your attempt at insulting me was a massive fail on your part but I do believe you are used to such devastating L’s. So a sports poll, which is done pretty often is comparable to an election, Santa Claus and also the Easter Bunny? I bet a demitasse fits your head like a sombrero doesn’t it? You are an embarrassment and what’s sad is you don’t realize it.

          • Faith Jay

            Dk grammar nazi always rip on grammar issues when they can’t defend a statement. Or argue against the statement. Go play on the 405

          • Truth B Told

            Read with understanding…He’s not with the Lakers (CP3)…He’s with the Clippers because he didn’t like Scott firing…Sure the Lakers traded for him…but he’s not a Laker.It’s says a lot when both stars of the teams he coached were upset….It’s ironic that the star players aren’t complaining about Scott…It’s the under achievers.You don’t hear CP3, Kyrie Irving, Tysons Chandler or David West complaining about Scott.

          • DKWTTY

            You should take your own advice. How is he with the Clippers because he was unhappy with the firing when he was traded to us first? He was traded because they, the Hornets, feared he’d leave in free agency and they’d get nothing in return SO they traded him for assets. He didn’t demand a trade to the Lakers or the Clippers so what are you talking about? That’s the truth of the matter. He then got sent to the Clippers. Actually it’s funny you mentioned that because David West did complain about him and that was apart of the article. Or are you still going to tell me this isn’t true because YOU have no “documentation of it”.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            Star players? So, Jason Kidd wasnt a star player?

          • nlruizjr

            and you know this because…….. this is the Lakers, not NO, NY or the CAV’s…..build it they will come !!!!!!

          • DKWTTY

            Again, your stupidity is off the charts. Just embarrassing. Think about if from the players perspective. So if you’re Lebron, Melo or whoever else you’re going to the Lakers who have no coach, an old injured Kobe, an old injured Nash and Rob Sacre? Do tell me more. Meanwhile the Rockets, Warriors, even the Trailblazers are already “built”? Absurd.

          • nlruizjr

            do I have to explain “past tense” and “present tense” to you, my god, your not even smarter than a 5th grader !!!!!

          • DKWTTY

            Are you trolling or seriously that stupid? Are you going to argue my point or are you going continue to embarrass yourself? You’re dumber than a 3rd grader! Do I have to explain subjunctive, indicative and conditional to you? Do I have to explain past tense, present perfect simple, present simple continuous to YOU? Fucking dumbass trying to sound smart and failing miserably.

          • nlruizjr

            the point was that you read a stupid poll and try to pass it off as the truth and if I do watch TeleMundo it’s because I’m smart enough to understand 2 languages, whereas your too dumb to understand one, you dumb fk !!!!!!

          • DKWTTY

            You are dumb enough to write off a poll, a sports poll, and compare it to a presidential election. That is the most absurd comparison I’ve ever heard in my life. Pass it off as the truth? LMAO! Yeah okay an NBA poll was fixed. You’re right, silly me! Let’s also ignore that former players have also come out and spoken against him but you’ll continue to ignore that as well and try and argue semantics instead. You can’t master one language bitch boy. I doubt you speak, understand or grasp two. You can’t tell the difference between your and you’re yet you claim to be smart enough to know two languages. LMFAO!! Yeah keep ranting on about a stupid poll that was faked for a fucking sports league. Put your tin foil hat back on and shut the fuck up. You sounded personally invested. Take some icy-hot for your butt-hurt.

          • Faith Jay

            Ignore the loser. He clearly doesn’t have the wits to Argue with a dead blade if grass. And since 1/3 of his post are nothing but grammar nazi stuff he’s clearly to stupid to quit.

          • DKWTTY

            LOL! Thanks. He still has no facts.

          • nlruizjr

            Yeah just as I thought, to stupid to know what a Fn poll is, what does it matter if it’s a sports poll or a political poll, the concept is the same but your so fn stupid to even grasp that, I’d tell you to put your fn dunce cap on but I doubt you even know what that is but I’ll give you a hint, look in the fn mirror, you fn asshole !!!

          • DKWTTY

            You’re calling me stupid but replying to yourself instead of to me. Man, did your mother drink while pregnant with you Miguel? Now I don’t know what a poll is? Wow your attempts at insulting me fail miserably yet again. You are the ONLY person dumb enough to equate a sports poll to a presidential poll. The concept is the same? Bwahahahaha! Yeah that simple sports poll was way off like Romney. Thanks for that brilliant analysis. It’s all a conspiracy! I think your tin foil hat is a little TOO tight! You still seem mighty upset, poor thing is frustrated at it’s own stupidity. LOL!! Go finish watching telemundo dumbass. Keep ignoring facts and using ad hominem tactics because you have no facts of your own. As I said I bet a demitasse fits your head like a sombrero doesn’t it? I’m sure you know what that is esé.

          • nlruizjr

            Amazing, your now in denial. Is your dunce cap on yet !!!
            don’t bother answering, I’d rather talk to my dog, he makes more sense, adios es stupido, menso, puto !!!!!

          • DKWTTY

            I see you still don’t know the difference between your and you’re. Wow I guess that Rosetta Stone English edition didn’t work, huh esé? What’s funny is someone else agreed that YOU’RE a moron. Is YOUR dunce cap on yet or is your head preoccupied with that tin foil hat? LMAO!

      • V.lawrence

        Check out Lionel Hollins…….!

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          I did…..! See my comment below…..!

      • Faith Jay

        Sorry Scott just another recycled loser of a head coach.

    • Truth B Told

      Let’s be real……Hollins, Karl all have winning records…..Yet they are out of work…..Stats are very deceiving……They are out of work because they cannot get beyond the Playoffs…….If getting to the playoff was e-nuff they would most likely still have jobs…..Scott has passed that test whether it was yesterday or today…….Scott was successful in both the East and West.I would sure rather ride with someone who have been there than someone who hasn’t.Scott is the right hire.

      • Anthony Hollins

        I give Scot credit for getting to the finals, definitely an accomplishment. But as people have mentioned before it was with a Hall of Fame player, in a weak conference. Hollins has had more playoff success in the west than Scott ever had in the west

    • jonnybravo

      excellent observation. there has to be a coach out there, cause we don’t MDA 2.0

    • nlruizjr

      since when does an employer judge a prospective employee on his last job, they generally consider their whole job resume not just a part of it, they are looking at the good and the bad and they know that the Cavs sucked when BScott took over as HC, any coach that coached the Cav’s at that time were doomed to fail, plain and simple.

  • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

    Has anyone within the Lakers front office said a free agent acquisition could have a say in the coaching hire? If they’re not asking Kobe’s opinion, I highly doubt they’re asking any player’s opinion. They’re just going to hire who they want, and that’s the way it should be.

    • J Taylor

      It has been said many times.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        Who said it? When? People “with knowledge of the situation” and who speak “on the condition of anonymity” don’t cut it for me. Been a Laker fan too long to believe anything I hear from reporters and anonymous sources.

    • comrade24

      yeah, i posted about that. It would actually be pretty offensive if they told Kobe, their franchise cornerstone of 18 going on 19 years that he has no input yet, you’re going to give Melo or Lebron a say? wtf?

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Let me take a wild guess the Lakers FO pulled Byron Scott aside and told him we will hire you if no superstar free agent picks his own coach.Then you are our guy if no superstar signs with us.That is what the media is now portraying IMO.Okay just sit tight Byron and wait this out.Lionel Hollins is also in the running still.

  • Ty

    It’s obviously their Ace in the hole in their longshot pitch to Lebron. It’s a longshot, but can’t fault them for trying.

    • Jim213

      ?! Today’s the last day to opt in or out?

      • Chrmngblly

        Is that true?

        • Jim213

          Today’s the deadline to opt out though believe it may have passed already being noon (if correct, EST or PST?).

          • LakersHeatBeef

            For LeBron,Wade,Bosh it’s June 30 last day to opt out.

          • Jim213

            Cool, many have deadlines today (per contracts) but it’s unlikely any of the big three opt out. FA starts in July so no point of waiting a month from then to hire the next coach. I’d rather the coach have more say in FA as opposed to relying entirely on FO.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Yeah i guess they are holding out hope that within 7 days LeBron or Bosh or both will suddenly get a hot feeling towards wanting to be Lakers.My Lakers brother we are just playing the waiting game the FO is taking us for a ride.I have heard zero rumblings of the Lakers actually being favored to land anyone in free agency Lance Freaking Stepenson hasn’t been linked to the Lakers nobody so far bro.

          • Jim213

            I’d prefer for FO to hire 4-5 players from last year’s roster early in FA to focus more on landing better players (bang for your buck) for the starting rotation this off season. Can’t make the same mistake as last year involving DH an then settle for minimum contract pick ups after.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            That’s pretty much what they have to do. Last year’s players all have cap holds until they sign contracts or are renounced. Last year’s “mistake” was because there was no money to sign anyone other than Dwight, a mini-mid-level player, and minimum contracts.

      • comrade24

        yeah, i’m confused on this one. because i know Melo had until today, but Lebron and the others in Miami have until the 29th. Not sure why. Anyone know?

        • Marcus Franco

          The deadline is per contract

        • Jim213

          Early player option deadlines: 6/23 thru 6/30/14.

          http://www.sbnation .com/nba/2014/6/16/5810740/nba-key-dates-free-agency-draft

  • Jim213

    Per Shelburne: Lionel Hollins, Mike Dunleavy and Alvin Gentry are also serious candidates.

    Cool with Byron Scott but best to make a decision within the next few weeks b/c it’s doubtful the top players will opt out aside of Melo. Lol, would FO ask Dirk, Gortat, Ariza, or P Gasol to select or weigh in heavily on the lakers next coach with a 5x champ #24 running the helm? smh

    If they wait too much (month?) it’ll eventually make them look bad (indecisive).

    • Chrmngblly

      I think they look pretty bad already.

    • Kai

      Alivin Gentry is an assistant under Steve Kerr now he is no longer a candidate

      • Jim213

        The only two contenders are Scott and Hollins IMO.

        • nlruizjr

          when was BScott 3rd interview ? if that is true, that shoud say it all Scott 3 interviews, Hollins 1 interview !!!!!!

          • Jim213

            Looks that way but who’s to say Hollins won’t get another call down the near future.

          • nlruizjr

            yep, anything is possible.

  • Lakers Fan

    Hollins must have not done well in his interview, or the FO must be looking at the “Laker ties” instead of the winning percentage. As a fan, I’m hoping the Lakers get it right this time. This string of mediocrity at the HC position can not continue to go on. If they feel Scott is the best coach for the team, I’ll roll with it. Although I feel 75% of the fanbase would rather have Hollins, I guess I can roll with Scott if he is hired.

    Also, why are they still waiting to hire someone? We are the only team left in the league without a HC, and considering the last 2 HCs they have hired should I have any faith they will get it right this time?. I don’t know, but I guess I have to wait and see what Mitch and Jim Bust have planned. *side eye*

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Dr. Buss hired plenty of lousy coaches. Great coaches are rare. Mike Dunleavy. Randy Pfund. Del Harris. Mike Brown. Mike D’Antoni. Give it a few weeks, and we’ll see who the Buss kids select as their first hire (unless you count Phil Jackson’s second stint with the team which was Jim Buss’s idea).

      • Lakers Fan

        We obviously won’t find a great coach. I know it is rare to come across coaches like Pop, Phil,and Red. We just need a coach that can get the most out of their players and play them to their strengths. A coach that will make the players commit on defense and let the offense come to them. A coach who will not let Mr. Bryant dictate and do what he wants to do. We need some type of stability at the head coaching position if we want to be able to build this franchise back up.

        I can’t compare Jim Buss and Dr. Buss. Jim hasn’t shown any reason for this fan base to believe in him. Am I hoping he eventually turns the franchise around? Of course. I can assume we all hope he does. It’s just his ego that causes him to make bad decisions. Like I said, I’ll roll with whoever they choose just as long as it is either Hollins or Scott. I just hope it is the right hire this time around.

      • AK

        dr buss didnt hire either mike.. that was all jimmy

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          Dr. Buss was the one making the calls when both Mikes were hired. All reports say the Mikes were his hires. Only Jim Buss haters put the blame of those two decisions on Jim.

  • vdogg

    as a die hard lakers fan, i love me some byron scott. but i would hate it if things went awry and we had to fire byron. therefore, I’m pulling for lionel hollins to get this job. hiring scott would be like dating the smart, cute, cool girl who has always been a close friend you can tell anything to : if it doesn’t work out, you would hate to have to cut her out of your life.

    • Chrmngblly

      I thought they were delaying in order to have a shot at one of the Heat or Spurs assistants—which still isn’t a bad idea.

  • J Taylor

    To me, Scott has been selected, BUT the team isn’t announcing anything or finalizing contracts until free agency settles.

    Also, I wonder if Scott isn’t a placeholder. A guy brought in to rebuild the team, and in 2-3 years is upgraded when the team returns to glory and can attract a top tier coach. (Thibideau, Ollie, etc)

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      Scott doesn’t have much success in developing teams. He took over an already good Nets team. He did okay with NO. However he did absolutely nothing in three seasons with Cleveland. If you want a coach to develop your team, look in to Hollins. See what he did with Memphis? That’s developing a team.

  • Truth B Told

    Scott is the Fans favorite for the HC position …In spite what some of these Clipper trolls are saying.Everyone is trying to point fingers at his Cleveland record……What HC has had a winning record in Cleveland since LeBron left?…..I’ll Wait………When Scott took the Nets to the Finals (twice)the East had better teams than the Heats reign.Don’t forget in the West he won the Pacific Division and #2seed in the West.New Orleans best season under Scott……..Coach of the Year in the West……Hollins never been to a finals or Coach of the Year in the West….Mentored some very good players…….Kobe, CP3, Kyrie Irving, Tysons Chandler and David West.It’s a no Brainer….”Great Scott”.

  • DKWTTY

    I’m so sick of my team man. When are we going to get our act together.

  • Gekko

    There is so much silence right now and a ton of speculation. This makes me wonder if something big is coming down the pipe. Not sure if it is coaching or players, but all of this silence seems to be leading to something big in Laker land.

  • James McGill

    I hope they hire Mark Jackson to be their coach

  • TheTruthKills

    I’m still not sold on Scott as the long term solution as head coach. Everyone is quick to point out that he coached a team to back to back finals appearances, but that was 12 years ago. He underachieved with a few good New Orleans teams with CP3 at his absolute best and couldn’t get the Cavs off the ground (seems like no one can lol). I’m dissapointed that they never interviewed Ettore Messina (Now the Spurs heir apparent), or David Fizdale. Oh well, I just hope they get it right this time.

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      Agree on the Scott points. Nets went to two finals, but that was a pretty good team even with Lawrence Frank as their coach.

      He had a couple good seasons with an All-Star PG in New Orleans, but didn’t improve the Cavs at ALL in three seasons.

      He’s been fired three times, twice DURING the season. His teams have turned against him. He has lost confidence of players and staff. He just doesn’t seem like anything more than a “gimmick”. A Lakers ” family” guy. I don’t care whether the coach has Lakers history. I want success.

      • Truth B Told

        A good team under Frank?….Frank didn’t take that good team to the Finals did he? Apparently your definition of Success is very Low.It seems your definition of success is getting to the playoffs….If that’s the case..Hollins maybe your man…..Here in Laker Nation we value being at the Big Dance and walking away with the Prettiest girl at the Dance.Scott is the Best Choice.

        • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

          Okay. Byron Scott taking the Nets to the finals is success, yes. However, it’s not like he came in and developed this team into a contender. He was gifted with a hall of fame point guard that turned his team around. Has he coached some good PGs? Absolutely. But is that because of his coaching, or just their talent alone?

          However, those Nets teams had no shot in either of those finals. Swept by the Lakers, and out in 6 to the Spurs. Then, like I said, his team turned on him. That position that he’s supposed to be so good at developing? Yeah, that HOF player at that position turned on him. Then, he got fired. During the season. Fired.

          Then, in New Orleans, guess what. He got another potential HOF PG. He had a great season, a good season, and then nothing. A man who people say coaches good defense got beat by 21, 29 and 58!!!!! points. Then, again, he lost the team. Fired..wait for it…during the season.

          Now, Cleveland. NBA record consecutive losses. Fine, LeBron left. Team is in shambles. Go out, draft a damn good PG, improve your win % a little bit but then…it goes back down. Over the three years he coached Cleveland he DID improve that team. 21 wins to 24 wins.

          Hollins has had one head coaching job. Has he reached the finals twice? Nope. Not even once. But guess what, he didn’t have a HOF PG. He didn’t have a weak conference. He developed his team. He improved them each. and. every. season. He went from .333 (39 games), to .488, to .561, to
          .621 to .683. He went from 5th in the division (half season), to 4th for two seasons, to 2nd for the last two seasons. Guess who was first: San Antonio. His defense ranking improved EACH SEASON. He didn’t take a Top 5 pick and turn them into Rookie of the Year, no. But he did take a 48th overall pick and turn them into Defensive Player of the Year.

          Like I keep saying. Give a coach like Hollins (one with a history of rebuilding a team, adapting to his personnel and getting the most out of the players he is given) a team like the Lakers (one who actually spends big money on free agents, one that players actually want to sign with, and one with super star talent) and see what happens.

          Scott may have had more playoff success 12 years ago, but you know what he also has more of? Lost locker rooms and teams that have decided he just wasn’t good enough to coach them. The only job Hollins lost as a HC? One in which the ownership decided not to renew his contract because he didn’t care for analytics, despite his success.

          • Truth B Told

            Scott did not inherit a good team in New Jersey…..Check your info..They had losing seasons prior to Scott taking over…..He traded Marbury to get Kidd and they embellish on there record and proceeded into the Finals.Plus they added other pieces…Sounds like building a team to me.Scott put them in a position to win by knowing what they needed.So stop with crap he inherited a good team.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            So, Byron Scott was the GM of the Nets, too? Weird, I had never heard that.

          • Truth B Told

            Stop It…A coach doesn’t have to be a GO to know what’s best for that team.He runs things past the GM and they come to a conclusion.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            But Scott didn’t bring the pieces in. It is the decisions of the front office when players are drafted, signed and traded. However, when I say built a team, I mean a team, not a collection of players. Memphis had an identity and Hollins molded that team into a contender.

            But if you want to stay caught up on some almost success 12 years ago and ignore all the failures, go for it.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Let’s send Hollins to the Cavs to see if he passes the same test you are putting Scott through. Oh wait, they didn’t want him.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            Oh wait, Hollins had a job. Face it, Hollins has demonstrated that he can take an average roster and develop them into a competitive playoff team in a tough western conference with a top tier defense.

            Scott has demonstrated that he can reach the playoffs with a potential HOF PGs. Cool. But that success is not sustained. He does not improve year to year. He has lost the confidence of players AND front offices. Multiple.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            When Kobe, CP3, and Kyrie Irving all consider Byron Scott as a mentor, I have to think he gets a little credit. Not that they wouldn’t be great without him, but they all give him some credit.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            He can be a good mentor, but that doesn’t make him a top tier coach. He coached three great PGs, but what did he do for the rest of his teams? Also, Kobe had high respect for D’Antoni, too. Scotts success was 12 years ago. Since then? Mediocre at best.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Very few people would call him mediocre in New Orleans/Oklahoma City. Coach of the Year? Overrated award, but not given for mediocrity.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            He had a coach of the year award, sure. One great season, eliminated in the second round. Then, not a whole lot going for him. Embarrassed in the first round. He’s been fired from three teams. If he was such a great coach, why would two of those teams dump him during the season? His results have highs, sure, but plenty of lows as well.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            We’re all debating Hollins and Scott. I’d be extremely happy with either even though I prefer Scott. But the fact is no other team seems very interested in either. Either guy is likely to be a 2-year fill-in until the roster is better and someone better becomes available. One of my primary reasons for wanting Scott is his experience with developing teams. Hollins did it once with the Grizzlies, but that starting five is infinitely better than the starting five for the Nets or Hornets teams Scott had. The Cavs didn’t work out, but that was one of the worst starting fives and most dysfunctional organizations ever–same goes for Rambis with the TWolves.

  • Coach’em Up

    DUH! That’s not a bad thing in the survey you refrence of least liked coaches its because they are demanding and want to get the most out of their players like pat riley and others van gundy is another least liked coach
    And one of their favorite coaches players like to play for is Mike D’antoni since you don’t have to worry about D and you have the green light to shoot on offense and look how that work out its not about a popularity contest but WINS

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      What survey? There is a difference between being demanding and being a douche. Many coaches are demanding (Pop) and have nothing but love from their players. Many coaches fall out of favor due to power trips, public douchebaggery, and a failure to adjust to personnel.

  • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

    Byron Scott took the Nets to two finals. However, that team turned on him and had him fired during the season. After that, Lawrence Frank still took that team into the playoffs for many seasons. Good for Scott, but not that impressive. Then, in New Orleans he improved the team upon getting CP3, but failed to do so consistently. He got STOMPED against the Nuggets, and fired during the season AGAIN. In Cleveland, that was a shitty situation. However, he turned that team from a 21 win team into a 24 win team after three seasons. Scott cannot develop a team and has been fired from three consecutive teams. His only positives seem to be his Lakers/Kobe ties and those two finals appearances.

    Lionel Hollins took over a sad, sad Memphis team. A team located in a less than desirable market, a less than desirable location. He did not have a superstar. No future HOF PG. No top 10 scorer. He improved that team each consecutive season he coached in a conference that is considered quite strong. Win % and defensive ranking climbed every season. Hollins developed a TEAM. He coached the 48th overall pick to a DPOY award. He took a team full of 2nd and 3rd option type players to the Western Conference finals. His team loved him. He just didn’t kiss the FO’s ass, and they didn’t re-sign him. Hollins has less experience, less on his resume, but he has shown far more ability to develop a team identity, and improve his squad each and every season.

    • V.lawrence

      That is an excellent analysis of both coaches. I hope the Lakers executives analyze the same and conclude with the same results. Lionel Hollins all day long…..!!!

    • Anthony Hollins

      Very well said.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      You’re really giving Lionel Hollins credit for developing Marc Gasol? The same Marc Gasol who helped lead the Spanish national team to three FIBA championships and two Olympic silver medals? You act like Gasol, Z-Bo, Gay, Mayo, and Conley are a bunch of scrubs; the team improved as they grew as NBA players and that was going to happen no matter who the coach was.

      I like Lionel Hollins, but he’s my second choice for the job behind BScott.

  • kiko

    LA Lakers should make announcement right now because is too take long who next coach LA Lakers Please

  • Jack Bauer

    Lebron opted out. Can the Lakers acquire him?

  • Kale Pinder

    Why not George Carl!?!?!? I’d take him 10x over Scott

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Why not George Karl? Because he can’t win in the post season. He has coached 22 times in the playoffs. Bounced in the first round 14 times, and reached the Finals only once. 13-22 all time in playoff series. That’s the reason the Nuggets fired him even after winning Coach of the Year.

      • Truth B Told

        Well stated.

      • Kale Pinder

        But with Carl at least we can get to the playoffs! He created a top defense with the Supersonics and a Run and Gun offense with with Nuggets. His ability to just take the team strongest suit and make them great at it is amazing! People just want Scott because he played for L.A during the Showtime Era. Plus if the Lakers play their cards right this summer they can add at least one superstar, a rookie prospect (Smart anyone?), and a fusion of young and old players for next season! In my opinion it should be Carl or bring in a rookie coach, like a Reggie Miller or Mike Bibby.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          8-14 in the first round of the playoffs, usually with pretty good rosters. That’s bad coaching. Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton made the Sonics a good defensive team. Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson, JR Smith, Ty Lawson, etc. made the Nuggets a fast-paced team. He had multiple all-stars on his team almost every year and is 8-14 all-time in the first round.

          • Kale Pinder

            Ty Lawson and J.R Smith really? I mean he’s a solid point but to put him in the same paragraph with Gary Payton and A.I. Plus J.R is not a great player, good not great. Lastly i’d just like to point out the drop off from Carl to Brian Shaw as Nuggets coach. With pretty much the same team with a few changes (like Iggy leaving and so on). Lastly I want you to take one series for example. The series the Nuggets played the Lakers in Round 1, Lakers take 3-1 series lead, Andrew Bynum states that closing out series are easy, Denver comes back and ties the series 3-3, Denver leads majority of game 7 but Lakers storm back to win the game and the series (2012 series First Round). Players choked NOT George Carl.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            If you’re going to keep clamoring over George Karl, possibly the lowest-achieving post-season coach of all time, at least spell his name right. AI and JR are in the same sentence because they are two of the key players on the Nuggets teams who pushed the pace during Karl’s miserable tenure with the team. Last year’s Nuggets had a huge dropoff due to losing Iggy, but also lots of injuries–especially losing Javale McGee for basically the entire season (key bench player and team-high PER the year before). And a rookie head coach can be expected to start out slow. Players choke, not coaches; but Karl’s players have a long history of choking–e.g. the Sonics in 1994.

            George Karl’s teams to win 50 games only to lose in the first round:

            1994 Sonics
            1995 Sonics
            2008 Nuggets
            2010 Nuggets
            2011 Nuggets
            2013 Nuggets

            And people say Mike D’Antoni is bad…

          • Kale Pinder

            Kml you got me with his name. But im not clamoring over him, I am simply stating out of the available options I feel that he and Van Gundy would be the best suitors…..or bringing in a rookie head coach who is well like to develop with the team

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