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Lakers Rumors: Team Trying To Meet With Lionel Hollins This Week

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The Los Angeles Lakers have taken their time with their coaching search. Since they had the only available head coaching job, the Lakers could afford to take their time as their candidates had nowhere else to go.

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With the shocking news of Jason Kidd leaving the Brooklyn Nets, a job has unexpectedly opened up, and Lionel Hollins has emerged as a favorite for the Nets job, prompting the Lakers to want to meet again with Hollins, according to USA Today’s Sam Amick:

According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Lakers have shown an interest in meeting with Hollins or his representatives later this week. While the details have yet to be worked out, it’s clear that Hollins remains a viable candidate in what has been the most unique of coaching searches.

While Byron Scott has been seen as the favorite to land the Lakers job throughout most of this process, Hollins has continually been mentioned as a great option as well. He did an excellent job with the Memphis Grizzlies, and is well-respected throughout the NBA.

Now the Lakers are forced to move a little quicker as Hollins is already set to meet with Nets officials this week according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:

The Lakers already have a lot on their plate, with free agency set to begin tonight, the team has its sights firmly set on Carmelo Anthony, among a host of other possible targets.

The coaching decision was not expected for at least another week, but with another suitor available, the Lakers may be forced into a decision a little earlier than planned.
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Lakers Mitch Kupchak On Coach Search And Free Agency

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  • AC

    YES!!! PLEASE!!! We need DEFENSE on this team… try to talk to him on Free Agency Day haha… as long as it’s ASAP!!

    • WAYNER

      Yes i would love Lionel Hollins as the Head Coach and hopefully Byron Scott as assistant Coach.

    • A Fan

      Exactly. Not only does he have a good track record in Memphis, LA also has a younger, more athletic version of Z-Bo in Julius Randle. Lionel Hollins can do wonders for this team! Forget Byron Scott, the only reason he’s being considered is because he’s a former laker. HIRE LIONEL HOLLINS ASAP!!

      • nlruizjr

        that’s complete BS !!!

    • Luke

      Something i found interesting on NBA TV tonight was the free agency show and Bryan Colangelo was a special guest on the show and he was asked which restricted free agent he thought was most likely to leave his team and he immediately said Eric Bledsoe as if he knew something on the inside there was no hesitation with his answer and then he went on to say Bledsoe is a redundancy in Phoenix.Quick background on Bryan Colangelo he has Phoenix roots as his father Jerry Colangelo is the founder of the Phoenix Suns and his Father was the long time owner of the Suns.Bryan worked as GM for the Suns for several years and he still has ties in the Suns ORG.

      Lakers must get Eric Bledsoe he is a All Star level Point Guard and he is a great defensive player also a superb athlete he is Mini LeBron.His offense is much improved and he is now just showing he can be a first option.

      • AC

        Man if that is all true, the heavens have opened up LOL. The Lakers should contact Bledsoe’s agent starting in the next 2 Hrs. (eastern time where I am so 2 hrs. for me). With Bledsoe on the roster, there’s another major piece to the future after Kobe. A Bledsoe/Randle Tandem in the future looks very exciting. Come on Mitch!!

        • Luke

          LeBron James’ agent Rich Paul also represents Bledsoe,So in exactly 1 hour and 24 minutes a call from Mitch or Jim should be showing up on the caller id of Richie Paul.

      • Marcus Franco

        I really would love to have Eric Bledsoe here, I actually want him more than Lowry but what concerns me is the fact that he played less than 50 game last season. Do you know exactly what happened to him ?
        In his first year as a starter he showed a lot of personality.. I’m sure he would fit here very well alongside Kobe and Randle.

        • Luke

          The Suns medical staff is great and they took precautionary measures with Eric Bledsoe and operated on his knee just to fix him up for the remainder of his career.And that is probably the best thing that could have ever happened to Eric Bledsoe the Suns staff fixed him up for the long term so they say at least.But yes that’s the story.He is now healthy.

          • Marcus Franco

            Hmm that’s great, I thought it was something more serious, I didn’t had much time to check out what happened to him last season…
            Maybe in the next couple days the rumors about him to the Lakers begins..I hope mitch do the right thing this season.

          • Chrmngblly

            ACL

          • Marcus Franco

            Thank you very much!

  • Matt Williams

    Pull the damn trigger Lakers!!!!

    • VillainKing

      I will you in saying, Pull the damn trigger LAKERS!!!!!

  • comrade24

    i’m fine with Scott or Hollins. Just hire someone already and move on.

  • MustardsOffTheHotDog

    Hollins is my top choice. If Jim and Mitch agree with me, it now becomes a question of which team Hollins wants to coach.

  • Swaggy C

    Sales pitch will go like this, “Melo & Lebron who do you want as the lakers head coach?” “Ok so we will hire _______________ and sign you guys Wednesday.” “Bye!”

    lol use that Jedi Mind Trick Mitch!

  • Badazztj12

    Yes! Maybe Scott said something wrong and Lakers are changing there minds lol

    • the_lorb

      Maybe his career losing record and the fact that he got fired 3x in the last 10 years has finally gotten to them. He isn’t that good.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I have Lionel Hollins as my #1 coach available and Byron Scott in my top 5 but i do know Brooklyn has very deep pockets big money and this is a major threat to the Lakers and i hate to say it but they get Lionel Hollins in Brooklyn if they want him.

    • Kobe Gagnon

      The lakers have deep pockets. . . DEEP

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Oh very true the Lakers do have deep pockets,but they need to make a offer before Brooklyn does for Lionel Hollins.I am pretty sure the Lakers never made a offer to Lionel Hollins.Brooklyn is expected to make a contract offer according to most reports i read earlier today hopefully the Lakers beat them to it.I want our Lakers to get Lioenl Hollins as our coach.

    • Lakers Fan

      As much as I want Hollins, i think we may be too late. We should have hired him when we had the chance. If we get Hollins, that to me will be the best move of the offseason. Unfortunately, i think we may be stuck with Scott who in my opinion is an overrated, mediocre coach who’s only sales pitch is his “Laker ties” and relationship with Kobe.

  • Kobe Will Get 6

    Hollins or Scott, pick a coach already!! Free agency starts soon, players would prefer to know who they’re going to play for ahead of time.

  • Jack

    no..No..NO. He had one real head coaching gig with memphis and they were an under achieving offensive team. They were good defensively because they had good individual defenders with a gritty culture that was there before Hollins got there. Great character guy and I was against memphis firing him, but not the right guy for this job.

    • the_lorb

      Scott got fired from 3 teams in the past 10 years and nobody else wants him. Hollins has been holding out for a big job.

      • Truth B Told

        Apparently you haven’ t been paying attention…..Nobody was knocking no doors down to Hire Hollins…..The coaching searches were practically over until Kidd took Larry Drew’s job.
        Some of you get caught up in a coaches record….If that was true Karl, Jackson (Mark), Hollins, etc would have jobs.FO is looking at who can get me to the Big Dance……A chance to win it all…….Looking down the List……Scott have been there TWICE…..The East was harder then as compared to Now.Hollins has coached Memphis two different times.Scott did have New Orleans in the #2 spot in the West…..I do not think Hollins ever got that high in the West.Incidentally Scott didn’t lose his team in New Jersey…It was the same problem you see now with Jason Kidd.

        • Lakers Fan

          Who exactly is knocking down the doors to hire Scott??To my knowledge, nobody outside of the Lakers has even interviewed Scott. If you say a winning track record don’t matter, then you are delusional my friend. Name one coach with a historic losing record who has ever won a championship. Yea ok Scott got to the Finals twice, but guess what? He came up short because he faced more superior talent than what he was going up against in the East. The Western Conference is must harder now than it was when Scott was the HC of New Orleans. Scott had two superstar PGs to work with in Kidd and Paul. Name one superstar Hollins has had to work with in Memphis. That’s right you can’t name one cause he never had one at his disposal. If Scott was so good, how come it has taken them 3 interviews just to decide if he is the man for the job or not? Not to mention this report coming out that the Lakers want to meet with Hollins again, and I think it’s because they know they will be losing the right person for the job if they let him get hired by Brooklyn. I’m not discrediting Scott, but come on you have to give Hollins some credit and stop being so biased.

          • nlruizjr

            for starters, when you compare Scott’s coaching record with Hollins coaching record, Scott’s record is better, also has Hollins ever won COY….NO, has Hollins ever been named “All-Star coach”….NO, has Hollins ever been on a 3 time Championship team….NO, has Hollins ever placed 1st place in any division…..NO, well Scott has !!!!!!!!!

        • the_lorb

          Like I said. Hollins is holding out for a big job… i.e. Brooklyn or L.A. Isn’t it funny that it looks like Brooklyn let Kidd with no questions and is zeroing in on Hollins immediately?

          Hollins took a team of solid but unspectacular players to the WESTERN conference finals LAST year, but he totally sucks right? His teams have performed better year over year every single year as well. That doesn’t matter either right?

          But Byron Scott took a team from the East with a prime HOF to the finals 10 years ago and it isnt ancient history. He only got fired 3x since. Water under the bridge.

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

      Gritty defensive culture? They had a horrible record and a defense ranked in the bottom third of the league.

  • Andy L

    Already? Time to wake up now idiot Buss and Kupchak?

  • JohnSmith00

    With all do respect to Scott, Hollins is the better guy for the job. I can’t say I’m surprised that they’re reaching out to him now that Brooklyn is interested. Still though I’m holding out for a combo of both were one reaches out to the other, after one of them is hopefully hired.

  • Marcus

    Brooklyn will sign Lionel today or by Friday.

  • Andy L

    Yeah, we can all eat Hollins’ dust. Thanx a lot FO!

  • Eddie

    Lakers are too late they should have signed him like 2 months ago.SMFH

  • Troy

    Byron Scott back to the Nets that would be a fucking trip man lol bwaha ha ah ha.

  • Marcus Franco

    Hire him NOW!! For the love of God, we can’t lose the best coach available out there, especially when we have Randle… By the way is true that Mitch wish to make a trade with Randle and Nash to clear the cap space ?

    • Badazztj12

      Hell nah, Mitch said on draft night Randle wasn’t going to get traded

      • Marcus Franco

        Oh I’m glad to hear that.. Randle can be our future, I’m sure this boy will develop to an allstar level.

        • Badazztj12

          Me to man. He got the fire. He got the drive. You know what….he ready.

          • Marcus Franco

            Exactly, he seems very prepared to face the big men in NBA, I was actually surprised with his workout, didn’t knew he could shoot from outside the paint.. he’s surely ready.

    • RUDY T.

      Orange Julius is safe with is rookie contract being affordable and it does not interfere with any free agency plans in 2014-2018.SAFE!

      • Marcus Franco

        Yeah I heard he would trade julius because Nash is Worthless so Mitch would trade Randle and Nash to increase the market value.

        • RUDY T.

          False rumor just media saying things with no facts.

          • Marcus Franco

            Thank god!!

          • VillainKing

            I hope they only trade Nash but it will never happen no team is wanting to have an aging PG..

    • RUDY T.

      With his rookie deal Orange Julius is staying put.We love him.Untouchable.

  • Ted

    Lionel Hollins is Brooklyn bound.Step on the gas Lakers FO,can’t mess this up.

  • Kareem

    Lionel and Byron are both good coaches.Lakers are in good shape either way.

  • Truth B Told

    Deja vu…..Same thing happen last time…..This time fans wanted Scott….at last minute FO change directions…..Last time Phil…This time Scott.Kobe might as well collect his 48mil and retire because there will be no rings this time around……Truth B Told.

  • Zimmeredge

    hollins is a great coach. many mention his defensive minded profil. you can argue about that when you have players willing to make the extra effort to work hard on d.
    the general idea of getting after hollins is that he understands that the game is about playing into your role. every players are not meant to be superstars and do everything around the court.
    but, that’s the challenge for him now. in memphis his philosophy was excellent because he didn’t have any superstars. he had players who were good withing their roles and that’s about it. Randolph was the bully-man. gasol was the rim protector. conley was meant to play make, allen had to defend on the best wing player and other guys were just supposed to bring their scoring.
    superstars can do multiple things very well so Hollins will have to adapt to that. he won’t have any problem with pau gasol (if we re-sign him) as marc and pau have the same mentality (collective players). but if he ends coaching melo-bryan or lebron-bryant. it’s gonna be interesting to see how is game develop. how he will develop little by little mister randle. it will be interesting to see how he will make his guys work as one.
    he is smart guy, very intellectual about the game. it’s a dream job because it’s the lakers and he has the ability to coach stars asap (if we bring in a marquee fa) or groom future stars (randle especially).
    i’m fifty/fifty on this one because randle needs to fully develop his game. and he has sticker on his face as being randolph 2.0 or nothing short but a bully man in the paint. he is more than that. he can do almost anything around a bball court. i do not want to see his talent waste because his coach will use him for one purpose only. but at the same time, winning trophies is about respecting your role.
    i’d like to have hollins as our coach if we do not have marquee fa. if we have players like lowry, ariza, frye. he is the best fit for those guys. otherwise i’ll go for someone else if we have bryant-melo-pau line up next season.

  • DKWTTY

    Let’s be real, the Lakers don’t seem THAT interested in Hollins or they would have made it a priority by now to meet him. They’ve met with Bryon Scott multiple times-I bet he will be the coach but for some reason they don’t want to announce it yet.

    • Truth B Told

      The only way Scott isn’t coach…..It might be a Money problem.You can’t pay him less than Fisher or Kerr……Who has no coaching experience.That’s the only way I see it being a problem.

      • DKWTTY

        Hmmm that’s true but the Lakers aren’t known to be cheap so why wouldn’t they just pay him, they interviewed him multiples times so they obviously like him. I’m just annoyed with these games they are playing. They want to see Hollins again now just because the Nets are interested? They keep waiting and all the good coaches will be with a team and we’ll have nothing.

  • roseducanna

    Scott is the same M.Brow and M. Antonio .You don’t have a good coach , you can’t sign Jame or Melo.You remember what you buy you will get it.

  • Lander Diaz

    Yes Hollins as head coach! And Gentry as assistant coach.

    Defense and offense!

  • Luke

    The Lakers better not double cross Byron Scott this is his job.Hollins what has he ever won?No championships as a coach.Pick Scott 2 finals and he is a Laker.

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

      Byron Scott:
      Nets: Turned the team around after getting a HOF PG. Made the finals twice in a weak Eastern Conference, going 2-8 in those finals. Coached them to a great defense. Lost his locker room, fired mid-season.

      Hornets: Horrendous first season, but began to turn the team around after acquiring a future HOF PG in Chris Paul. Made the playoffs, but beat out in the 2nd round in 2007-08. After that ONE 50+ win season, took a step back in 2008-09. Embarrassed in the first round by Denver, losing games by 21, 29 and 58 points. Fired the very next season only nine games in. Second consecutive firing DURING the season.

      Cavaliers: Shortly after being hired, LeBron left. Horrible break for Scott, and no body expected that season to be worth anything. However, Scott was given a third all star caliber PG. He did improve the Cavs slightly (.232 to .318) in a lock out shortened season. However, they declined again, and Scott was fired. Cleveland can easily be considered a shitty spot, but from year one to year three, he only improved the team by three wins.

      Lionel Hollins:
      Memphis: Given a few chances as an interim head coach, and apparently earned the trust of the FO enough to be given the job full time. Took over toward the end of the 2008-09 season, in which the team ranked 21st of 30 in terms of defensive rating (109.5 points per 100 possessions). The team under Hollins had a .333 win % through 39 games. Over the next few seasons he went to .488 (19th ranked D), .561 (9th), .621 (7th), and .683 (2nd), showing consistent and steady improvement each season. FO decided not to renew his contract after issues over analytics. Locker room favorite.

      Hollins did all of that with no HOF/All Star PG. In fact, Memphis was filled with guys who are 2nd or 3rd option kind of guys. He even took at 48th overall draft pick and turned him into a DPOY. Last 5 winners, excluding Gasol? All in the top 10 (Noah being the only one I think drafted outside of the top 5)

      Hollins has shown an ability to take an average group of guys, and develop them into a gritty, half court, defensive TEAM. The Grizzlies didn’t bring in big names, they didn’t attract star talent. Just a bunch of blue collar type players. Imagine what he could do with guys like Kobe, Randle and potentially Lowry (again), and Ariza/Deng.

      • Luke

        I really like Byron Scott and he a Lakers former all time great player and a member of 3 championships and a member of the broadcasting team.He has 3 interviews with the Lakers FO and this is now obvious he should get the job based on the tease from our ownership and management.But if he doesn’t get the job in favor of someone else then that will look kinda shady in the public eye IMO.Loyalty and respect should count for something even in 2014.

        Nothing against Lionel Hollins just not sold on him at all sorry.Yes he had some moderate success in Memphis but Dave Joerger was the defensive coach over there and the players were very good.But to his credit he had a couple good years.Puzzling why the Lakers want to talk to him as he is now going to Brooklyn it’s puzzling.Maybe a top free agent requested Lionel Hollins and the Lakers are trying to appease the superstar free agent IDK?It’s just weird the timing is.

        Yes underhanded tampering goes on in the NBA just in different ways like a messenger gets hold of a player and asks things for a interested team or a player under contract hint hint that one guy that attended Lower Merion in the 1990′s might have made some visits and phone calls to a superstar NBA player and asked about which available coach they prefer and want to play for.

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

          So basically, you’re saying the Lakers should hire Byron Scott because he played for us, and because he’s had a few interviews and it would look shady if they decided to hire someone else?

          I want the Lakers to hire a coach because he’s the best option to build our team and win, not because he’s a part of the “Laker family” and we need to be “loyal”.

          • Luke

            I already told you Byron Scott made it to the NBA Finals twice with the Nets as a Head Coach.Byron took New Orlens to the playoffs and he helped Chris Paul develop and CP3 highly respects Byron Scott as a Head Coach.It’s his coaching that i am wanting him for but he is also a big part of the Lakers legacy and we can all be proud of that fact.

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

            I’m really not interested in whether someone was a former Laker, knows Lakers, talks about the Lakers, etc. All I’m concerned about is whether he can succeed as a Lakers COACH.

            Did Scott have two great seasons with the Nets? Yes, but then he lost his players. Did he have one great season with the Hornets, followed by decent season with an embarrassing ending? Yes, but then he lost his job after nine games the very next season.

            Teams don’t fire coaches mid season if they’re in control of their locker room, if they’re making improvements.

            Scott is a flash in the pan kind of coach. You’ll get a good season or two out of him, but then the ship falls apart.

          • Luke

            Who are you suggesting the Lakers hire as Head Coach?Please don’t say Lionel Hollins is better than Byron Scott he is not IMO.He lost his job now why did that happen,why did Memphis fire him?And why has nobody hire the 60 year old unemployed Lionel Hollins?Things that make me go hmmm.

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

            Are you saying that a coach who doesn’t get his contract renewed, and isn’t hired the same off season has something wrong with him? Go “hmmm” all you want:

            Scott: Fired for the third time, not hired as coach in same offseason. Down to the last spot(s) in next season, still not hired.

            Hollins: Contract not renewed due to tension with FO over analytics, trading of players, vocal about his displeasure. Didn’t get hired that same offseason, still not hired.

            Seems like they’re in the same boat, but Hollins leaving Memphis was more about a personality clash between ownership and coach than about results. Scott was fired (three times) due to results.

          • Luke

            Lionel Hollins is going to Brooklyn anyways IMO.I should stop discussing this for now since Lionel Hollins is not our coach.We shall see what transpires with the coaching vacancy it will be interesting i guess.

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

            If Brooklyn signs him, that’s a smart move on their part. They’ll be winners in this. Hollins + draft picks.

          • Truth B Told

            We ‘ve been here before…..You’re still trying to convince whoever that Hollins is a better coach than Scott…..I GUARANTEE to you if Hollins is hired over Scott You will not see much improvement over last year…Many Laker fans will become Clipper fans….Fool us once…shame on you….Fool us twice….shame on us…..Jack showed his disapproval the way the Lakers was heading by attending a Clippers game.NO Room for errors…Better hire Scott.

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

            Oh? A random guy on the internet makes a guarantee? Fact is, Scott isn’t impressive. If he didn’t have ties to the Lakers, I wonder if anyone would care about him.

            Hollins doesn’t have the lengthy résumé, nor the finals on his record, but he is far.more impressive, much more recently, than Scott is.

          • Anthony Hollins

            What evidence do you have to support that statement? If you look at Hollins’ resume, everytime he’s coached a team he improved it over the previous coach he took over for, or the previous season.

            In Vancouver he was the interim for 60 games, he only won 18 games which doesn’t sound like much but before that no coach had won more than 19 out of 82 games. He also set franchise records for consecutive victories, and road victories at the time. This was done all midseason without a training camp, and with the same players the previous coach had.

            In Memphis the same thing happened. He took over a team that had won 22 games the previous two seasons. After he takes over, the team is playing harder, playing together, are more competitive, and win at a better clip than the outgoing coach. Also many statistical categories were improved. Then the following 4 years he continued that improvement, all the while not having any superstars, and despite multiple injuries, and personnel turnover. His best player Zach Randolph had never won anything despite being the same 20/10 player we know him as. In fact everyone in the media killed the move, yet Hollins was able to motivate him to do the things necessary to win. He also developed Conley, and Gasol, who were both considered to be less than stellar players.

            So based on that track record, it’s almost a sure thing that Hollins would improve the team over last year. I don’t think Scott is a bad coach but please explain using some facts how Scott tops Hollins

          • Truth B Told

            Be for Real……No one was knocking any doors down to get Hollins…are U sleep walking?

          • Anthony Hollins

            Well if you’re going to use that argument against Hollins, you’re going to have to use that same argument against Scott….So the real question is are YOU sleep walking???

        • Badazztj12

          I like your information on Byron Scott and that’s the main reason he is really a shitty coach but only good at developing star PG’s. Hollins has a lot more to offer to the Lakers. He can work old or young players and make changes when needed. This is the only thing we can agree on so far. lol

          • Luke

            I also like the fact Byron Scott is 53 years old that gives him 7-10 years to win a couple championships for The Lakers.Then you got Lionel Hollins and he is 60 years old and that is a short term fix as he is 7 years older than Byron Scott and Coaches really have more energy in there younger days.Pop and Phil are the only coaches that got it going on as old men.Phil Jackson started winning rings at age 44 and he got his last one at 65 years old then retired.Pop got his first ring as a coach at 49 years old and he just got it at 65 years old but in history Pat Riley was young and Eric Spoelstra also Rick Carlisle they were not 60 years plus.But anyways it’s all good man whatever coach we get lets hope for some wins and a championship maybe we can agree on that lol?

          • Badazztj12

            You clearly didn’t read his statement or know your history

      • Anthony Hollins

        He also compiled that record with significant injuries to Rudy Gay, and Zach randolph in consecutive years, and then the following year kept the team together after they turned over half the roster.

  • Luke

    David Aldridge on NBA TV just said the Lakers are a long shot for Carmelo Anthony since Julius Randle is getting paid over $2 million and Jordan Clarkson is getting paid also so $3 million tied in to rookies and unless another comes with him David Aldridge says Carmelo won’t join just Kobe Bryant.Carmelo needs LeBron or Bosh or Bledsoe to make it realistic in joining the Lakers.

    • Kobe Gagnon

      Waive Nash and we still have around 25 million in space. Kobe, Pau gasol, Jordan hill, Nick Young, Carmelo, Randle. . Looks fairly solid to me. I’m not saying we’ll get all those people back, but it’s possible. Bledsoe and Arizona look tempting anyway, as well as many other free agents. If we don’t land Carmelo, it’s not a crapshoot.

    • Zimmeredge

      Stretch Nash and you’ll have enough cap space imo. Counting the stretch provision used on Nash we could have Pau Bryant and melo for 55m. Then then randle, sacre and Kelly are the only guaranted players. So 59. We still have to entend Marshall or give clarkson one year deal instead. So we have two millions left that we are likely to give to young on a multiple year contract. Then over the cap you. Add vet contract and use some exceptions. Lakers are in the best of possible position. They have the money. As soon as melo land in la players will be willing here on vet contract because our team will look sexy and appealing again.
      Of course we will the stretch provision on Nash only if we do sign a major player. If not, wait and see. We might package him to philly with a couple a of young assets like Kelly and future second rounder or something like that to go after thad young who is still on his way out.

  • Zimmeredge

    We wońt get a coach before the big free agents have made their decisions. That would be silly to Choose hollins over Scott or someone else not knowing what kind of roster we will have. If we have a superstar roster we should take one coach and if we have roster with mid free agents such as lowry or ariza we should go after another type of coach. That’s imo the process have planed since mda has resigned and since all the big fa decided to opt out.
    No thibs, no Rivers, no jax available so let the guys we will decide what kind of coach we want.

    • Kobe Gagnon

      Some would argue it’s silly to let your players choose your coach though, and lose your options by playing the waiting game. Let’s say Nets take Hollins and we Scott, and Scott tanks. Lakers will be utterly destroyed. The “lakers blew it again” will never end

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

        I also think we should get the coach and then build around his philosophy. I get the “sign the guys, and see who would work best to coach them” idea, but I don’t like it. Isn’t that what they said D’Antoni was? “The best coach for the personnel”?

        • Zimmeredge

          No of is clearly not willing to go after the players’ coach. If it doesn’t pan out they will end up having a terrible roster. They will assemble a team and then choose the coach based what kind of personnal they have. That’s why Mitch is talking about 10 days margin. Big free agents won’t remain in the free agency for more than two weeks. By the end of next week we will Know if lebron, melo and bosh will go. If we get just one of them it means one coach, if we can’t have one and we are putting around guys like lowry deng, ariza, parsons, Monroe (just throw ont some names) then we will get another coach.
          You wont hire hollins if you play with Bryant melo and Pau or Bryant bron and Pau or very unlikely to happen Bryan bron and melo. In that scenario you’ll go after a guy who has the experience of working with superstars. Seems Logic to me.
          They will keep waiting but they have to find a coach that fits the roster and not assemble a roster around the coach’s will.

          • Zimmeredge

            Edit: no fo is clearly not going after the coach’s players.

  • J King

    How come the Lakers act at the last minute? Do they think that it’s better for promoting the team? I don’t know.. I can’t tell whether that or nobody in the NBA wants to deal with the Lakers. I feel that it’s the latter because all small market teams are whining about their loss in the book since the inception of the new CBA. It works because the Commish has to pamper the teams like Cleveland to keep the balance of the league (he thinks that it’s the better way to maintain the league and its business). By the way, don’t you think the NBA lottery is rigged? This year and the year before when Pelican (former Hornets) got Anthony Davis. This is the reason why I hated David Stern. I hope Silver is different but he’s also a jew.. I hold very low expectation.

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

    Lakers: Ah, now we can sit back and take our time. We’re the only ones who need a coach. *kicks feet up on desk

    Nets: Kidd wants more power? Nope, see ya later. Hey, Hollins, you still looking for a job?

    Lakers: *falls out of chair* Shit. Hey, guys, get Hollins on the phone!

  • J King

    Kyrie is signing a max deal. No reason to keep this guy at bay.

    • GOD Chri$$$

      he’s a restricted free agent which means the cavs can match any offer and keep him

  • Daryl Peek

    Per Mark Medina, the Lakers have extended the qualifying offer to Ryan Kelly making him a restricted FA. R. Kelly is back

    • Marcus Franco

      He’s a great backup, with the right coach he can develop his game to a good level.. Right now i’m concerned about Xavier Henry, looks like Pacers are targeting him to replace Evan Turner.. The FO should make their moves right away.

      • Daryl Peek

        Would love to see the team keep X but we do have many options at the wing position.

  • TheTruthKills

    If Hollins gets offered the Nets job he’s taking it. Why would he wait?

    • cj

      the lakers are alot better off then the nets

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      The Nets are a complete mess. He might prefer another year off over coaching that team.

  • VoltezV

    Damn Front office. Quit pussyfooting around and hire Hollins. He can do to Randle what he did to Z-Bo’s career.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I hope the Lakers sign Trevor Ariza this off-season that will the first player our FO meets with in a few minutes.It’s been 5 years of separation i need him to come on back to the Lakers so i can be happy again and let him finish his career out on the Lakers and he can end his career the right way playing his prime years with the team he should have never of left man i miss Trevor Ariza i miss that guy.He was one of my favorite players and i want him back bad,he provides top notch defense and his offense has improved and he is much more mature now.We need him.

    • Gemini Ac

      Yeah! He help the lakers for championship before..it must lakers hire him this season for a chance for playoffs..

  • Chrmngblly

    How about Chip Engelland from the Spurs???

    • VillainKing

      NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!ChrmnGAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Chrmngblly

        Now what, VanillaKling? You don’t even know who Chip Engelland is.

        • VillainKing

          Your such a gay Chrmngay..I know him but there is 0% if him to be the Lakers headcoach!!heheheh

  • VillainKing

    finally the Lakers called the name of the perfect coach for the team..Coach Lionel Hollins..

    • Gemini Ac

      Yeah! The lakers must hire him quickly before the nets hire him.

  • Mark Pope

    Lakers have got to hire Lionel Hollins…I am glad the Nets are now looking for a coach in order to force Mitch to make a decision. There should have been a sense or urgency a LONG time ago. The Nets have the right coaching candidates on their short list- Hollins and Ettore Messina- whom also I thought the Lakers could of at least interviewed. I think hiring the right coach is equally if not MORE important than the big free-agents. NO to Byron Scott..period!

  • borsalino12

    Lionel Hollins is the only available coach, who can build a new program here and work on it.This man is well respected in all NBA circles and has proven over the years, that he excels, when working with young players.
    Please, hire Hollins as our new head-coach and let him choose the roster, he wants to work with.The majority of the Lakers fan base wants to see him in L.A.

  • zzzuser

    And where is my comment?

  • zzzuser

    “Lakers trying to meet”? – Is this a joke? Is this Lakers Organization or some fu… Bucks?

  • Marty Susman

    Really, that leaves only Scott for them to sign…Good thing that Scott would be a OK hire…./

  • numb1lakefan

    hollins will not be lakers head coach

  • Mark Pope

    From my perspective, it seems casual fans or, fans with no real knowledge of NBA basketball want Byron Scott as coach. For the knowledgeable fans, like myself, prefer Lionel Hollins. The clear-cut best choice is Lionel Hollins. I mean, c’mon..Lionel Hollins will instill a discipline and a defensive prescence to this team..he KNOWS how to bring-out the best in players. Hire the next head coach for these reasons- not because he was a mentor and a buddy of an aging superstar who has two years left on a contract!!

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

    Looks like the Nets have the right idea. Identify your man, and pull the trigger. Rumors are Hollins and Nets are working the deal right now.

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