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As Lionel Hollins emerged as a front runner for the Brooklyn Nets job, the Lakers moved to try and meet with him this week. Apparently it was too late as Hollins and the Nets are finalizing a deal to make Hollins the new head coach according to ESPN’s Marc Stein:

Hollins had been one of the favorites for the Lakers job along with Byron Scott. The Lakers were the only team in the NBA left without a coach, but the sudden opening in Brooklyn gave Hollins another option and the Nets quickly targeted their guy.

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Lionel Hollins had a successful run with the Memphis Grizzlies from 2009-2013. He led the team to an upset of the San Antonio Spurs as the eighth seed in 2011, and won a franchise record 56 games in his final season, making it to the conference finals in 2013.

Hollins had been considering an assistant job with the Houston Rockets as he was unsure whether he would get another chance this year to be a head coach, but a job opened up unexpectedly and he took the chance.

With Hollins off the table, it would seem to make it even more likely that Byron Scott will be the next coach of the Lakers. Other possibilities include Mike Dunleavy, George Karl, and Kurt Rambis.
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  • comrade24

    Scott it is then. Let’s move on.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Hire Byron Scott or keep options open with Jeff Van Gundy,Mark Jackson,George Karl,Avery Johnson,John Calipari,Kevin Ollie,Basically what i am saying is yes Hire Byron Scott but don’t hire Mike Dunleavy or Mark Madsen but if Byron is not the choice then look at the coaches i listed as possible hires.

      Byron Scott is now my top coach as Lionel Hollins is now gone to Brooklyn.For sure he was in my top available coaches from the start.Lionel Hollins number 1 and Jeff Van Gundy number 2 and Byron Scott number 3.

      • Daryl Peek

        Dunleavy is a better HC than most want to give him credit and he’s run some triangle in the past. Of all the coaching candidates he’s the one who would likely click best with say Kobe and Gasol if Pau is retained. The problem is what identity will fans accept? On one hand many want to cater to a slowed down game that Kobe and Pau want but you also have those that want the current trend of uptempo team first small ball like the Spurs run.

        • LakersHeatBeef

          The Clippers mess was a all time bad blemish on his record.Also the mess he had with the Bucks in the 90′s turned me off then when he went to Portland i got interested in his team and coaching style as i thought he did a great job with Sabonis and Rasheed Wallace it was a great combo of bigs when you toss in the other guys they had.Also he utilized Damon Stoudemire pretty good and he inserted Scottie Pippen into the lineup seamlessly.

          But Mike Dunleavy should have won the NBA championship with that loaded roster Paul Allen bought for him to coach.My other major concern is the 4 year layoff that Mike Dunleavy has taken it’s actually upwards towards 5 years once this forthcoming season starts.Why has nobody hired the esteemed Mike Dunleavy???

          Red flag obviously for me and others.Perhaps you have the answers as to what this hiring would do for a 27-55 Lakers squad that is certainly losing players in free agency at the drop of a hat.Please educate me please?

          • Daryl Peek

            I never said he was the great, just better than most give him credit. His Clippers tenure was not all bad. To date he still has won more playoff games in a single post season for the Clips with that 05-06 Clippers team. Keep in mind they pushed a hot MDA/MVP Nash lead Suns team through seven hard fought games in those playoffs, and those same Suns dispatched our Lakers in the first round. Those Suns should have been in the finals. That’s how good the Clippers were that year. Kobe’s grudge with the Suns began due that series with the Suns and that year was the first instance of a Clippers team ever going farther than the Lakers in the playoffs. Kaman and Brand were a force. Cuttino Mobley & Sam Cassell rounded out a very nice mix of vets and youth on that roster that Dunleavy was able to mesh together very well. That is what we will be looking at with our roster this season. That would be my opinion but not a guarantee of anything.

            Dunleavy is proven as a manager of big name players also as he took Magic to the finals post KAJ and had the Blazers on the verge. He can also groom youth building from the ground up. The problem is perception and patience’s as the Lakers HC. This is the problem every HC not named Phil Jackson will run into.

        • ra

          ‘clicking with Kobe’ not = ‘championship coach’. Dunleavy is the perfect scapegoat who can easily be fired if the Lakers don’t do well next year.

          If hired, he would be in for the downward rollercoaster crash and worst year with media derision of his entire life. He would need years of therapy to get over that.

          • Daryl Peek

            I agree it will be horrible for Dunleavy and that is because the masses and many pundits will make his life a living hell from the outside looking in.

    • taviyoung

      Exactly. I don’t know what the hell we’re doing right now. We should’ve already hired Scott, cut Nash via the stretch provision, and offered Lowry or Bledsoe big contracts (11-12 mil per yr). We don’t have time to wait around on Melo. Especially when reports say that we have a very slim chance to get him. We’re making ourselves very vulnerable by waiting around for Melo, because alot of players will be gone by time he makes his decision. We have to realize that we don’t have him to put together a contender. With the money that they would spend on Melo, they could get Lowry/Bledsoe and a solid small forward like Gordon, Parsons, Ariza, and Deng. Everybody saying that getting Melo is a must for the Lakers, but I’ll be more excited about this lineup than I would be about getting him.

      C- Gasol
      PF- Randle
      SF- Parsons
      SG- Bryant
      PG- Lowry

      • comrade24

        It’s more of a “must” for the future. The team you posted would be fun to watch, but might not even make the playoffs and would likely be more expensive than adding Melo the way the FA frenzy has looked. We need Melo to ease the transition between the Bryant era. If Melo comes, more free agents will come. If Melo doesn’t, we’re likely stuck in a drawn out rebuild and the FO will get the stigma of not being able to bring star power to LA.

        • Travis Jordan

          Melo is already 30! by the time Bryant is gone he will be 32, closing in on 33. That’s hardly a transition. I’m tired of people saying we need these guys to ease the transition. What’s going to ease the transition is Julius Randle and young guys like Chandler Parsons. We don’t need more 30 year olds. Lebron included.

        • taviyoung

          The only way that team doesn’t make the playoffs is if we’re decimated by injuries like we’ve been the last two years. It’s no way that team misses the playoffs if they’re healthy. They would be at least a 3 seed.

    • KB8

      No, we shouldn’t move on. Right now, LA is a considered a career suicide for any coach because you don’t know what you’re getting into. No one knows who will be on the team when the season starts and that’s why we don’t hear as many high profile names such as Van Gundy lining up to apply for an interview. Think about it, Byron has nothing to lose. He’s pushing to be the coach of a historical franchise and has been fired from his past two coaching jobs. The Lakers FO is playing this smart. They want to acquire the free agents, possibly another all-star and a good supporting cast in order to see if more high profile coaches will then be attracted to the team. Simply choosing Scott would be jumping the gun and not intelligent. I personally think Scott’s a top candidate but if Jeff Van Gundy or John Calipari came knocking on the door, I would definitely listen to what they have to say. Both are excellent coaches, and you never know, maybe Calipari might have success similar to what Pete Carroll had with the Sea Hawks. College coach who failed at the pros his first time comes back to be extremely successful during his second stint.

    • VillainKing

      next!!

  • Stephen Gilson

    Okay Lakers, lets just get this over with and sign Bryon. Rambis isn’t a quality head coach, Mike D. is awful and Karl hates the Lakers. With Hollins off the table, there isn’t a better coach available that Scott IMO.. We need to focus on signing free agents before we are stuck with the slim pickings again. No more 1 year deals with all contracts coming off the books. We’ve seen what this causes, no tradable assets, one of the reasons why we couldn’t make a push for Kevin Love.

    • MustardsOffTheHotDog

      Karl has made it known he really wants to coach again. And he has indicated interest in the Lakers job. I’m disappointed he hasn’t been mentioned as a serious candidate.

      • daniel

        Karl has said many times during play-off games, that he hated the Lakers and all they represent. So, even though everybody knows he is a personal friend of Mitch, there is no way he is going to be a Lakers coach,
        There is no doubt that the new coach us Byron.

        • MustardsOffTheHotDog

          And Steve Nash hated the Lakers and was excited to join them. There is nothing wrong with competitive hatred. It’s part of sports. The most important issue to focus on is getting the guy who will do the best job. Period.

          • Truth B Told

            Well…………..we got him..Byron Scott. As for your coaches that envied the Lakers ala D’Atoni.. you see what happens…They couldn’t beat the Lakers so they steal money from them……….Not mentioning any name(Nash,D’Atoni).

  • courtney harris

    From day one its been Byron Scott. He’s right for this job because he wants to bring LA back. It’s not just about his personal coaching record or his legacy. He wants to bring LA back. He’ll do whatever it takes.

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

      What does that even mean?

      • courtney harris

        Meaning some other coach that’s isn’t emotional tied to La just wouldn’t do or try the things I believe Scott will do to try & get this team back. There are some good coaches that could get la back maybe, but I think LA needs Scott. I attend texas tech unversity. After losing mike leach, the ttu fans were at wars about tech football. The next coach (Tommy Tuberville) came in and was hated ( didn’t last long) (he’s the mike dantoni)– but then they brought in an former great QB by the name of kliff kingsbury to be the HC. He’s young (33) and smart and a homer. He then brought in former players to be in his coaching staff. This reunited the fan base & now tech football is on the rise. Year 1 he won 8 games with two freshman qb’s in the big 12

        Tech baseball brought in a former player. His first year as the coach, he took tech baseball to the college World Series for the first time in school history.

        Sometimes you need that homer who understands & wants to continue to build something they care(d) about.

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

          In my opinion, having “ties” doesn’t make you right for the job. Sustained success, history of building teams and maintaining that winning culture, history of player development across the floor, history of uniting locker rooms and developing an identity make you right for the job.

          Scott’s history is all over the place. Success in NJ, but failure to keep his locker room. Success in NO, but embarrassed and fired during the season. Utter failure in Cleveland.

          I don’t have much faith in “fourth time’s the charm” Scott. I hope he does well, I wish he proves me wrong, but I’m as skeptical about this as I can be.

          • courtney harris

            Last time I checked, not one coach has won every year. Last time I checked good people get fired. Last time I checked, friends, coaches and players all disagree and fight (especially when your losing). Last time i checked, when have the cavs been good without bron? Last time I checked, how many coaches have walked away from the game before they were fired. Pop may be the only one who could do that.

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

            Last I checked, I didn’t say you had to win every year, just that Hollins improved his team EVERY year, and Scott did not.

            Last time I checked, good coaches don’t get fired in the middle of the season.

            Last I checked, Scott lost his locker room(s) I’m the wake of winning seasons.

            Last I checked, Scott had three seasons after LeBron and only improved the team by three wins.

            Last I checked, a lot of coaches resign, step down, retire, accept positions with other teams, don’t get contracts renewed (not fired).

          • Al Be Bad

            Last time I checked, you’re just a blogging fool with the nickname “You Think You Know It All Son Of A Bitch”.

            Last time I checked, you are not doing the coaching hire for the Lakers

            Last time I checked, you are still cleaning toilets for skid row. Keep your daytime job.

          • courtney harris

            Lol are you talking to me because if you are let introduce myself. My name is courtney Harris. Houston native. I am a student at texas tech university (senior) obtaining a finance degree with a minor in financial planning. I also played college football and for a brief stint walked into texas tech football team. I currently spend my days studying and training for a small hope in getting interest from some national football team. Realistically I will be going to grad school at u of h to obtain my MBA in finance. Afterwards, I will be concentrating in global finance and working with oil companies through texas. The only bathrooms I clean, are the ones in my 1400 square foot 2 bedroom penthouse.

          • comrade24

            just because a team improves each year doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the coach who should be praised. Especially with Memphis, the core group entering their prime and also having a core group that is consistent each year (minus rudy gay leaving) are huge factors in them improving each year. Hollins is a good coach, i’m just saying you can’t automatically think it’s the coach when there are many factors

          • nlruizjr

            Evan, I don’t understand why you hate on Byron so much, it takes hard work to bring your team to 1st place in your divison, Scott did that 3 times, how many coaches have done that, Scott was voted COY, not many coaches even get that honor, Scott was named to coach the All-Star, once for the East and once for the West (?), also if Scott was not thought of highly don’t you think the Laker FO would of ignored him ala K. Rambis (an honorary fake interview) and yes he was fired but how many good coaches were axed during their tenure as coach, it happens get over it, however I respect your opinion but I but in my opinion you are holding something against Scott that happens to most coaches, just part of the business.

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

            Scott isn’t a BAD coach, but every success.he has had has been marred with a failure of some sort. In NJ he lost his locker room and the support of his star. In NO, he got embarrassed by 21, 29 and 58!! points in the playoffs. In Cleveland he couldn’t even improve the team.

            He’s the best remaining option, it seems, but I don’t think he was the best one from the beginning. It’s too late now, which is what bothers me.

          • nlruizjr

            every coach has bad days or seasons, Hollins coached the vancouver girzz in 99-00 and came in last place, was not asked to come back, in 04-05 Hollins coached the Grizz, 4 games into the season and was replaced, so every coach has their skeletons and failed, no one was perfect, sure Scott had a bad time with the Spurs but eventually took them to 7 games, the point is that he went to the finals 2x (against the Lakers and against the Spurs), Hollins can’t say that, don’t get me wrong, I think Hollins is a good coach but not quite as good as Scott, imo.

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

            Having a few missteps is acceptable. However, Hollins was interim head coach. How many interims get to keep their positions? I hear of very, very few.

            Scott has had good seasons, yes, but those good years come on quicky, and fall apart quickly. There is no history of sustained success with Scott. You’re up, then you’re down again within a season or two.

            The Lakers will be his ultimate test. If you can’t succeed with their allure, payroll and market, I don’t see you succeeding anywhere. Scott will get the job, but I personally don’t feel he was the vest candidate.

          • nlruizjr

            only time will tell, Hollins only had 2 winning seasons (11-12/12-13), the rest of his coaching tenure was mediocre at best, do you think other teams would of kept a coach that can only bring in a 4th-5th place finish, I think not but all this aside, Scott and Hollins were the best choices, so I think the lakers will come out doing well this season, maybe not championship team but maybe playoff, depending on the roster., thanks for your input.

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

            Hollins had four years as a full time head coach (not interim, not MIDSEASON hire). In those four seasons, he had three winning seasons and one 40-42 season(first full season as HC).

            40-42, 46-36, 41-25, 56-26. Improved every season, finishing second in the division to the Spurs the last two seasons.

            Hollins wasn’t let go for a lack of success, he wasn’t brought back due to the fact that he wouldn’t give in to analytics as a way to run a team.

          • nlruizjr

            well I guess we will see how well he does with the Nets, well I guess my idea of a winning season is coming in better than 4th or 5th but to each his own.

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

            Everyone else’s idea of “winning season” is having more wins than losses. *shrug*. The Nets came out winners. Hollins, future draft picks, and got rid of Jason Kidd.

          • nlruizjr

            ha,ha,ha yeah I’ll give you that one Jason Kid is a cancer but funny thing how you see that getting rid of Kid is a plus now but it wasn’t when BScott was coaching him and no you can’t use “rumors” to legitimatize BScott lost his locker room, the only one making a fuss was Kid, he was a cancer then as he is now.

          • LAstory

            That utter failure is right after them reeling from losing LBJ, 2 Hollins had 1 decent year… stop crying and get over it… you starting to sound like those other two dudes that wanted to keep MDA… I don’t think Byron is think he has to prove YOU wrong or any of us for that matter, he as rings, Hollins doesn’t, he’s coached in the finals, Hollins has not… and Hollins “ties” to B. Hunter got him a job in Brooklyn…. Hollins lost the faith in that Grizz Locker room… he was horrible with the raptors… so again if Scott is the coach… hopefully you can support the Lakers or just stand on the sideline …

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

            Hollins? Raptors? Lost locker room on the Grizz? I’ve never heard about losing the locker room, just the front office. Again, Raptors? As far as I know, he’s never been with the Raptors. Ever.

            Byron has no rings as a coach. That’s all that matters now.

            I will always express my opinion. Get out of here with this idea that I need to blindly support the Lakers.

          • Truth B Told

            The Man is telling you right……..You’re just caught up in your own ignorance……..Scott has rings……coaching …no…..Hollins never took a team to a NBA finals and he doesn;t have any coaching rings…So don’t bring up Scotts coaching rings if Hollins is not in the same ball park……..It’s time to have a coach with ties and that feeling for the franchise he won championships with.A lot of former players of the Lakers hate to see what is happening…..Welcome home Scott.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Utter failure in Cleveland.That roster freaking sucked.One of the worst rosters in history plus they wanted the #1 pick so they gutted the roster and Dan Gilbert tanked.That was not the fault of Byron.John Wooden couldn’t save the Cavs if was alive and that teams coach back then.

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

            If you don’t hold Scott responsible for the results of that team, then D’Antoni is exempt from the failures of the Lakers.

            He had THREE seasons with TWO top five draft picks and he only.improved that team by THREE WINS. not five. Not ten. Three. Ten win improvement would have been acceptable. Three? Over three seasons of team development? With an all star PG?

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Mike D’Antoni had Kobe Bryant,Dwight Howard,Pau Gasol,Metta World Peace,Steve Nash,Steve Blake,Jodie Meeks,Jamison,Earl Clark and he barely made it into the playoffs as a 7th seed on the last day of the season only to get swept by the Spurs in round 1.

            Lakers had All Stars and a good supporting cast,Ugh that’s no comparison to a team with a bunch of nobodies in Scott’s first season with the terrible rotten Cavs that were Lebronless,then he got a rookie ball hog Kyrie Irving with a piece of overrated talent like Tristan Thompson also Dion Waiters came towards the end of his Cleveland stay.It’s comparing Apples and Oranges.

            Byron Scott is a good coach and he is a good playoffs coach.So i am going to be fair and welcome him in if he is hired i do prefer to see what happens he might not get hired anyways.Their are other coaches out there.BTW i love Lionel Hollins and yes it sucks we didn’t get him bummer but we must move on the FO will hire someone.

          • Badazztj12

            If you did watch the season that year. You can clearly tell not none of the players on the team like the system or Mike plus Nash was injuried and was at the end of his career

          • Daryl Peek

            Farmar, Blake, Henry, Meeks, Kelly, Bazemore, Young, Johnson, ETC.. all loved the system and backed MDA. Gasol, Hill, Kobe and Kaman are the only ones who didn’t like it. Kaman and Gasol both openly admitted it was the best fit for the team in their exit interviews.

          • Badazztj12

            The fucking system was all about shooting. The system wasn’t meant for post players who have skill on the team. You have to install a system that all the players like not just your wing and guard players like. I can tell you liked Mike D at coach when he didn’t try to preach not a bit of defense.

          • Daryl Peek

            Please calm yourself man. I’m being respectful in my replies with you. I respect MDA’s coaching ability just as Pop and most of his peers do. I don’t get into bottom line personal biases, because it is that thought process that would have ran Pop out of LA as HC if he failed to win a championship from 2007-2014 if he were the HC of the Lakers. As I said from the beginning, you can pump or pick apart any HC.

          • Badazztj12

            Dude like I said before am out because your not making a bit sense of what am saying, plus saying MIke D has good coaching abiliy running Kobe to the Floor and got his injuried

          • Daryl Peek

            I’ve moved on from MDA but your statement is disingenuous because injuries plagued that group also. The team chemistry was fractured well before MDA took over, as Howard and Kobe were never on the same page and Gasol was lost in the mix as the FO was looking to move him if Howard were healthy from the jump. There are so many other points that could be brought up on why the super team failed and there’s not need to speak on this past season given all of the injuries.

          • your daddy

            Cavs drafted busts Tristen Thompson and Dion Waiters, Scott had nothing to do with drafting these players. Put these two on any starting lineup you will end up with one of the worst records, ain’t matter who the coach is, not even Phil Jackson can make a winner out of these two during their first two years in the league. You have the dumbest, most thoughtless argument of anyone on these posts. And just what kind of a name is Evan? Ah, a name of a LOSER!

          • Tune

            I agree, we made the same mistake with hiring D’antoni to return to Showtime basketball. We need to focus on what’s best for the team and stop living in the past.

          • Paul Blundell

            I agree. If Byron Scott
            didn’t play for the franchise he wouldn’t even be considered for this job. You
            do not hand the keys to the premier franchise to a guy with a 416-521 coaching
            record. Byron Scott success as a player has not translated into success
            as a coach. Going with Lionel Hollins, and his 214-201 coaching record, would
            be the smart play. The Grizzlies got better every year in a tough Western
            Conference. That is more that I can say for Byron Scott’s success in a weak
            Eastern Conference. Laker culture needs to be about hard-nosed effort and
            defense, not celebrity, reality TV and basketball wives. Anyway, I agree with
            your posts.

        • Lakers Fan

          Phil wasn’t emotionally tied to the Lakers. You’ll have to stop with this “Laker ties” mess. His coaching resume is what should matter. Not his connection with the team.

          • courtney harris

            His soon to be wife would say other wise

          • courtney harris

            Who would you have preferred.. And let talk records & locker room relations.

          • Lakers Fan

            Hollins has a better career win %, turned a 48th overall pick into a DPOY, NEVER lost his locker room(unlike Scott), has never been fired(unlike Scott), took a team full of 2nd-tier players to the WCF, and as the 8th seed beat the Spurs who were the #1 seed. Scott on the other hand gets praised for taking a team with a future HOF PG in Kidd to the Finals in a weak conference, got fired from all 3 of his head coaching jobs, never got the Hornets past the 2nd round in the Western Conference(which by the way is MUCH tougher than it was then), has a .44% winning percentage, and outside of his Laker ties has not proven why he should be the HC. I would prefer Mark Jackson, George Karl, or Jeff Van Gundy(which the Lakers didn’t interview ANY of them) before Scott to be honest.

          • Daryl Peek

            Hollins like Phil had a hard time dealing with the FO. As we see in San Antonio that’s important. Hollins also failed at the reintegration of his injured budding superstar, Rudy Gay. There is no perfect candidate out there as you can easily pick apart any former HC.

          • Badazztj12

            They made it to the WCF without Rudy Gay…

          • Daryl Peek

            …and it was the loss of Gay that began the internal dissension that ultimately caused his ouster. How does Hollins deal with a Kobe?

          • Badazztj12

            We don’t know. We don’t know what happens in the future or read minds. Shit doesn’t matter anyway because he is gone

          • V.lawrence

            Be his friend? ??

          • Daryl Peek

            LOL Kobe was friends with MDA

          • Daryl Peek

            BTW, Scott took the Nets to the Finals twice. As I said, you can pump or pick apart any former HC.

          • Badazztj12

            Sure with a Hall of Famer Jason Kidd last time I checked. He had Kyrie but did they go anywhere?

          • Daryl Peek

            And Kidd didn’t get back to the Finals til he joined the Mavs and rode Dirks hot hand to a CHIP. That’s a bad argument. and the Cavs were a reeling hot mess post the Decision.

          • Badazztj12

            And how old they were but still beat a overpowered Heat team that year?

          • Daryl Peek

            Haven’t you been paying attention? Older more experienced teams always win in the Finals.

          • Badazztj12

            Hell then what’s your damn point by saying Scott took his team to the Finals twice but still lost?

          • Daryl Peek

            The Nets Scott took to the Finals was a young team that was not gonna beat the mighty Lakers or Spurs. My whole point is there is no perfect former HC and you can pump or pick apart any of them. Whom ever the Lakers hire I’ll support.

          • Badazztj12

            Oh… you think that we don’t support him. Hell we all support him but we all at the same time know that Hollins was the better choice

          • Daryl Peek

            I disagree Hollins is better. It takes everyone on the same page to build a great team and Scott was Hollins as a first time HC. Short selective memory can cloud the big picture.

          • Badazztj12

            I am sticking with my opinion and I know others are with me too.You got what you want though, so I don’t know what’s the point of arguing about it and nothing we can do

          • Daryl Peek

            How did I get what I want? I never professed a favorite. I’m just one who does not believe one is the clear cut better than the other. I’ll give Scott a slight heads up as he’s proven he can manage superstar ego’s better… Kidd, CP3, and Irving. You’ve never heard one bad word of how he dealt with players.

          • Badazztj12

            I never said he was your favorite but dude are you reading what you are saying? The way you typing all these facts about him clearly says, you wanted him as coach. You also know that were only two guys left for the job. I don’t know why you talking like you don’t you don’t want him as HC

          • Daryl Peek

            I think Hollins could do a good job with the team if he didn’t have to deal with Kobe. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Kobe is a problem but Hollins is a team first HC and a ball dominant superstar like Kobe might be difficult for him to deal with. Scott on the other hand excelled in that area but may not be as good at the X’s and O’s as Hollins. Starting to get my point on neither being better than the other overall?

          • Badazztj12

            Hollins offense doesn’t have many pick and rolls and ISO. He has a post up first offense kinda similar to the Trail Blazers but only has one good post player

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

            Ive actually read that the reason the Nets let him go was because the players wanted him out. Also read a “survey” that claims Scott was like..3rd among coaches players would LEAST like to play for.

          • Daryl Peek

            News to me but I do recall beef in Jersey that preexisted Scott as coach Cal couldn’t get players like Jason Williams on the same page with others. Those Nets were a volatile group before he took over.

          • Truth B Told

            It was a conflict with Jason Kidd not the team…..And we see how erratic Kidd is…..Scott wasn’t dislike by the players in the survey because of personality but because of his hard driving work ethics….Read it correctly my brother.

          • LAstory

            “sure with a hall of famer “… are we talking about, Phil, Pat, Pop, Doc, Rick, KC Jones, Spoe, MDA, Red.. OR Byron Scott????

          • Badazztj12

            Try reading the discussion before commenting and have some common sense(if you have any)

          • Lakers Fan

            Dude don’t reply to LAstory he doesn’t know what the hell he is talking about.

          • LAstory

            In a rush to defend B.Scott yes I made some misstatements about Nets FO and Hollins… but please Lakers fan YOU of all people do not want to go in with me about the Lakers, if you want to cry and get emotional over Hollins, go for it… if the Lakers would have hired Hollins I would be supporting him as if I wanted him as coach from the beginning.. that is what “Lakers Fan” (s) do… not bitch and moan… yet you and the other dude just want to bash a coach who even hasn’t been hired yet and may not WE don’t know….. oh and btw I would really appreciate you not replying to me and I’ll extend that courtesy … have a good one bro

          • Lakers Fan

            Why all the crude language? Lol. It’s ok for you to bash Hollins, but I can’t speak about Scott’s short-comings? Aw ok. Like I have stated time and time again, I support any coach the Lakers hire. You feel as though I am getting emotional when I am just stating facts that you are having a hard time comprehending with. If speaking the truth is considered “bitching and moaning”, then it is what it is.That’s your opinion. I’m a Laker realist, not a Laker homer. Wish I could say the same about you. But next time you want to have a friendly/less dramatic debate, bring some credible facts my friend. Now YOU have a good one.

          • LAstory

            You made the asinine comment referring to Byron only get to the finals because “he had a hall of famer” player, suggesting that’s the only reason why he got to the finals. I see my post went over your head so I’ll dumb it down for you: Every coach I listed had a “hall of famer” player…. so for you to make that statement within itself is moronic….so your common sense comment should be directed at yourself, then too maybe it was but it just went over your head.

          • comrade24

            He took over the Cav’s after a nightmarish offseason. They are in a drawn out rebuild. Yes, they have Kyrie but not much else.

          • Badazztj12

            He also had CP3. They did make it to the playoffs but didn’t get far. The next season he was fired in the first 8 games

          • jeremy

            they made it far when they had chandler without chandler they couldnt do anything. scott ran teams are built on a good PG and a good big. just look at the nets

          • Badazztj12

            Nets does look nice with D Will and Brook coming back from injury

          • LAstory

            Exactly, DP… I’m just going to start saying this…lol

          • LAstory

            Okay let me get this straight… they beat a weak clipper team, that turned on their coach before all-star break that year… beat a OKC team that didn’t have Westbrook.. get crushed by the Spurs.. in that WCF.. and the excuse for losing was they didn’t have a go to scorer… hmm, maybe because they traded Rudy… I AM NOT saying you said this but I am reading these sentiments about them “making” it to the WCF… Hollins can’t deal with a star player… now that player is a “me” player… this is why Kobe and Hollins wouldn’t mix… in Brooklyn he has no stars so he should be good..

          • Badazztj12

            Are you really comparing Kobe to Rudy Gay? Kobe, who is a more experience player and BETTER player than Rudy. You are comparing a great which a player that’s not a leader? We already seen that Kobe can change his game and will be willing to buy into the system. That system was Hollins offense plan, which was a post first offense which Kobe, Gasol, and Randle gets to work IN – OUT. I am sure Kobe is able to co-exist with Hollins

          • LAstory

            Where in the hell did I compare Kobe and Rudy, stop the bs bro…. read what I wrote…. Hollins has had issues with “me” type players that’s what I wrote…

          • comrade24

            and never would have if Westbrook wasn’t injured.

          • Lakers Fan

            Rudy Gay was a “me” player. He only cared about himself. And he is by no means a superstar. Everybody in that locker room spoke highly of Hollins, but like you said he didn’t get along with the FO due to different philosophies.

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed but it was the Gay thing that brought that about. See my dealing with Kobe comment as to managing ball dominant alpha players. This is my concern with Hollins and one that we all know is magnified in the LA market with the Lakers. I see Hollins as a Jerry Sloan type that would likely be eaten alive in LA with his standoffish personality.

          • Lakers Fan

            The thing that’s different about Rudy and Kobe is that Kobe is willing to adjust. I would see your point if you were talking about a young Kobe who only cared about himself. But Kobe is older and wiser and will adjust if it makes the team better(him playing with Dwight and becoming a facilitator rather than a scorer for example). Rudy doesn’t have the basketball IQ that Kobe possess, so he wouldn’t know how to adjust to what the coach wants done. I just look at Hollins and I see a coach who would demand the respect of Kobe and would eventually get it due to Hollin’s mentality meshing with Kobe’s. I just don’t see the same characteristics in Scott. I’m hoping he does well because I will support any coach they bring in. I just look at Hollins and see the coach we desperately needed.

          • Daryl Peek

            This is where folks get it twisted with Kobe. Kobe has always been a facilitator of the Lakers offense. Be it with Shaq, Gasol or Howard. Kobe is just like MJ in that area. What Kobe does is go outside of the offensive structure when things breakdown or when others aren’t fulfilling what he feels needs to be done…

            “Kobe’s great to play with! He will get you the ball but only be so patient. Once he sees or feels you’re not getting it done he’s gonna take over” –Shaq on Kobe

            This was always Phil’s biggest gripe with Kobe, trusting his teammates. Hollins will run into that same problem with Kobe and team trust because that is something within Kobe that’s not gonna ever change. It’s that edge that makes him great and he knows he can’t neuter that.

            I just see Scott managing Kobe better.

          • Badazztj12

            Kobe or Jordan never had a playmaking pg, just 3 point shooting pg’s which was the way of the triangle offense.

          • Daryl Peek

            Kobe had a playmaking PG in Nick Van Exel early and Nash also although the Nash experiment has been a disaster due to injuries. Think of Kobe in the sense of coaches that prefer ball dominant PG’s? That has never worked with Kobe as a Laker.

          • jeremy

            kobe had gary payton even if it was at the end of payton career. so i think he could use a good play making PG he just never really had one or need one with the way phil ran his teams

          • Daryl Peek

            Payton struggled in the triangle big time. This is why I said look at Kobe with coaches that run ball dominate PG’s more so than who he’s played with.

          • Badazztj12

            We haven’t experienced this at the end of his career, so this conversation is mystery or a theory.

          • Daryl Peek

            Kobe is who he is and that will never be a mystery. He flat out tells us this all of the time. IJS

          • Lakers Fan

            Well you pretty much just confirmed why Hollins would have been good for Kobe. He plays at a slow pace, and his offense is based off of team ball. Kobe can play within that type of system. If Kobe was on that Memphis team last year, they would have been in the Finals.

          • Daryl Peek

            Possibly but Connely would not be the player he is

          • Badazztj12

            Conley was already improving every year and Hollins just made that faster because he did teach his players. That’s what POP does

          • Daryl Peek

            Again, Connely would not have the ball playing with Kobe in the same way it was akward for Gay once Conley began to take over facilitating the Griz offense. You cannot ignore this.

          • Badazztj12

            Once again you are comparing a more experienced and one of the greats to Rudy. Kobe knows he has to change his game but we couldn’t see that last year with all the PG’s being injuried

          • Daryl Peek

            Again, it’s not about comparing Gay to Kobe. Its about a ball dominant wing star being managed in a PG driven offense. Kobe does adjust but he also knows he can’t change who he is and that’s why he’s said I’m not gonna be that guy hanging on only scoring 18-20 PPG. Kobe would need to become a player that shoots less per game playing with a ball dominant PG and that’s not gonna happen over the long haul.

          • Badazztj12

            Dude Kobe was playing great in Mike Brown Princeton offense shooting a CAREER high 50% and was doing less onball offense just coming offscreens and posting up getting high % shots and had 25pts during those short amount of games. Kobe nor Gasol like Mike D up-tempo offense and smallball shit.

          • Daryl Peek

            And the rest of the team was suffering in the Princeton so what good was that? You do remember the losing streak right? And that offense like the triangle take the traditional PG out of the game.

          • Badazztj12

            Dude right now your changing the subject. We are talking about Kobe. Don’t keep replying if you going try do that I don’t have time for that

          • Daryl Peek

            ?!? You brought up the Princeton mayne. You cannot separate Kobe from the team.

          • Badazztj12

            Clearly(if you can read and comprehend) that I was ONLY talking about Kobe In the Princeton offense I don’t have time to time argue with you when you clearly don’t have a point or even read what we are talking about. Im Out

          • Daryl Peek

            My last words. Again, you cannot separate Kobe from the team and this whole debate we were having was about how a PG with a HC who thrived better running a PG driven offense would fit with Kobe but all of the sudden I’m supposed to only be focused on Kobe at your whim for arguments sake? I’m out too

          • Lakers Fan

            You can put it both ways really. Looking at Kobe’s advanced age(and him admitting that he would love to only have to play off the ball), I don’t think it would have hindered Conley. Conley is good at attacking the rim with either his left or right hand. He is fast and can get past his opponents, and if he had Kobe on the team he would always be man-to-man because the help defender would always have someone they had to guard. With Tony Allen, they could leave him because he is not a jump shooter.

          • Daryl Peek

            Kobe wants no parts of playing off the ball in today’s NBA. This is why he rebelled against MDA. Kobe complained about the PNR offense and coming off so many screens. Conely’s game is somewhat like Sessions and we saw how that played out. The Griz were a consistent three point specialist from being a real threat IMO. Kobe would not have put them over the top.

          • Badazztj12

            Two different systems and two different coaches. NOBODY like Mike D offense and Lakers did respect Mike Brown but just got outplayed by OKC. Kobe never had a problem with Mike Brown also he had his best fg% playing with his system before he got fired because he couldn’t handle the team. Sessions also had his best season with us but left because he wanted more money and how was the grizzles a consistent 3 point shooting team, when they only had prince and conley shooting 3′s and sometimes Z-Bo

          • Daryl Peek

            Everybody but Kobe and most of the big’s like MDA’s offense and we just saw the Spurs run his offense to near perfection. MDA’s offense is team first execution. Pop took his offense once Robinson retired but did not abandon using the big’s (namely Duncan) in the post game.

          • Badazztj12

            Wasn’t the guys like Gasol, Dwight, and Kobe the guys you suppose to get a system that fits with them? These are your most important people to the team. Dude right now it sounds like you respect Mike D right now

          • Lakers Fan

            Kobe admitted when Nash was about to come back that Nash being back would be great for him because then all he would have to do is shoot. I think Kobe rebelled more against D’Antoni because of his stubbornness not to run the offense through the post and utilize the skills of Kaman and Pau.

          • Daryl Peek

            I’ve never ran so damn many PNR’s in my entire career!” Kobe said this when he was getting on Gasol about adjusting to coaching change. Kobe often diss’s small ball. This is no secret.

          • Lakers Fan

            Pretty much what I just said. He hated not playing through the post. Majority of the pick and rolls ended in a 3-pointer or a mid-range shot. Gasol wouldn’t roll to the basket and would instead pick-n-pop. Dwight wouldn’t roll to the basket, but instead wanted to play with his back to the basket which is not his(nor D’Antoni’s) strong-suit.

          • Daryl Peek

            So is that something MDA should be crucified for? Kobe tried and said players need to adjust to coaching change when he was on Pau for whining about his post touches. I will admit MDA should have been a bit more open minded about letting the post up game but he never tried to stop Pau from getting his low post touches this past season. Pau choose to pick and pop as you said.

          • Lakers Fan

            I never placed the sole of the blame on MDA. He played a huge part in what took place, but I placed a lot of it on Pau. When Dwight was here, MDA did not know what to do with them both. That resulted in Pau being a jump shooter rather than a post player. Pau should have been the one playing with his back to the basket while Dwight should have been the one rolling. He didn’t figure that out until the second half of the season. Then last year came and Pau continued to shoot jumpers until he finally woke up and moved his ass to the post. That was Pau’s fault and not MDAs. But MDA was horrible with rotations, benching players, and playing players out of position. That was my problem with MDA.

          • Daryl Peek

            There is no way or world where any HC would give more touches putting Gasol ahead of Howard at that stage of their careers. Phil’s sole interest in coaching the Lakers was based on Howard…

            “I was once intrigued in what they had over there with the Lakers but not so much now” –Phil Jackson

            Phil said this not long after Howard bounced therefore we can easily ascertain he would give Howard the post the same as MDA did. Phil never truly played twin towers. He staggered Bynum and Pau and preferred LO with Pau on the floor due to LO’s versatility and ability to stretch the floor. MDA did plenty of things I took issue with also but the brunt of what most try to discredit him for is not simply wrapped up in the misuse of players and other things they cite. The FO had been ready to move on from pau dating back to the CP3 deal and Howard was on the radar back then. Again, if not for Howard’s slow recovery Pau would’ve been traded. Pau just flat out didn’t respond to change well and his and MDA’s personalities clashed over things that were really out of both of their control.

          • Lakers Fan

            That’s what I said. He figured it out and they began to play effective. He knew his philosophy wasn’t needed. As far as Pau, even with Phil and Bynum emerging he was still able to put up 17 ppg. When Phil had him was closer to the basket, he was much more effective. When he played from the high-post, he facilitated or if he was open took the open shot. He didn’t base his game on jumpshooting like he did with MDA. When Bynum and Pau was in the game together, they were able to be much more effective than when Pau and Dwight played together. That, in large, has to do with the system they played in. The triangle catered to big men. D’Antoni’s system didn’t.

          • Daryl Peek

            BTW, MDA never figured anything out at mid season with that team. He just allowed them the freedom to play the game the way they best felt would suit the roster as constructed at the time. Remember the meeting in Memphis was when MDA said I’m letting them do it there way and Kobe was done with Howard at that point as he went all out playing all those heavy minutes. Gasol then came back from injury and played off Kobe while getting Howard involved with his passes. This is why Meeks struggled that season. We never saw the D’Antoni system in 12-13 as Nash said. It was nothing but read and react off each other that season.

          • nlruizjr

            99-00 Vancouver Grizzlies, coached Grizz to last place, contract was not renewed, is that the same as being fired ?
            94-05 Memphis Grizzlies, 0-4, was replaced after 4 games, is that the same as being fired ?
            08-09 Grizz 5th place (last)
            09-10 Grizz 4th place (next to last)
            10-11 Grizz 4th place (next to last)
            11-12 Grizz 2nd place
            12-13 Grizz 2nd palce
            never coached his team to a 1st place position
            never selected as COY
            never selected as coach for All-Star team
            Scott coached his team to 1st place, 3 times (2x Atlantic Div. 1 x Sw Div.)
            Scott selected COY 07-08, selected “All-Star coach of the western conference”
            just sayin !!!!!!

          • Truth B Told

            His fiance is………So what do you think?

          • Lakers Fan

            What does that have to do with anything? Phil didn’t start dating Jeanie until his 1st year in LA in 1999. Before that, he had no ties to the Lakers whatsoever.

      • LAstory

        I hope you are a true Laker fan and will support whoever the Lakers hire as coach, and not one of these fair/crybaby Laker fans… I for one have been on record in discussion with you that I would support Hollins or Scott… I knew that Scott would be the best fit… I said in a earlier post that the NETS hired Jason Kidd after interviewing Hollins… and he had only one interview with the Lakers and NO other team even reached out to him… and the only reason he was hired with the Nets is due to his relationship with Billy Hunter… so hopefully you can support whomever the next coach is…

        • MustardsOffTheHotDog

          So you supported D’Antoni then. Good to hear it. Personally, I thought he was treated a bit harshly, but I do think it was right to make a change.

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

          Hoping for the coach to fail means hoping my favorite team fails. I hope whomever we hire does exceptionally well. However, Scott does not have the best track record. 1-2 good years and then the wheels fall off the whole thing.

          So, until the hire is made, I’ll express my displeasure with the choices the team makes.

          • LAstory

            and Hollins 1 ok year…gotcha.. and express your emotions all you like, fact of the matter: Hollins wont be the coach… and crying about the Lakers not hiring a coach of any other team.. is useless and a waste of energy… but by all means, what ever gets you through you day bro…good luck with that.

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

            You know that’s what comment sections are for, right? To express and discuss. You arguing with me is the same thing as me expressing my opinion. So, hello Pot, I’m Kettle.

          • LAstory

            No, you are both the pot and kettle, nice try…. I told you 4 weeks ago, I was a Byron guy but if they hired Hollins I would be happy with either one… you said you where a Hollins guy, gave reasons to being a Hollins guy but would be ok with Scott… but hoped for Hollins… I’m more disappointed and not arguing with you… just respected a lot of your post over this time, whether I agreed or not.. and to see you bash a coach, who we can only assume will be hired.. is just a bit disappointing that’s all… I’m not going to post about this…and wait and see what they do… though I will continue to read these post… have a good one!

        • Anthony Hollins

          Just a few facts that you have wrong.

          -Hollins does have a ring as a player.

          -he’s interviewed for 4 jobs this off-season. Not sure about Scott, but I think LA is the only one.

          -he did not interview with the Nets last summer

          -I’m pretty sure Billy Hunter had nothing to do with the Nets interest, given the fact he doesn’t work for the Nets.

          -Hollins never worked for the Raptors

          • LAstory

            Billy King, you got my point…and if I said Toronto my mistake VAN. one fact I do have right…. he wont be coaching the Lakers.

      • DKWTTY

        Nobody knows what it means but it’s provocative! It gets the people going lol

      • numb1lakefan

        lol

    • Travis Jordan

      A coach isn’t going to bring a team back. The Players are what brings a team back.

  • Badazztj12

    Now I have to blame the FO on this. We had the chance to sign him for like 2 months now right? Why all of a sudden you want to try to get another meeting with him because another was interested in him? You basically let the last good coach go. Hope Byron Scott install a post first type of offense

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

      I’m over here shaking my head, too. We went from one extreme, hiring D’Antoni in a few days, to the other, waiting months and losing just about every legit choice.

    • comrade24

      it’s just like high school. The FO is playing the part of the teenage girl who doesn’t like a guy until said guy gets a girlfriend, then she gets jealous. SMH

      • Badazztj12

        lol

    • LAstory

      I really don’t understand what people are talking about Byron interviewed 3 times, Lionel had 1 meeting, B. Scott was the choice all along… that’s why it seemed like they took their time… they weren’t not waiting on FA to get there take on a coach, if Mitch said Kobe wouldn’t have say, why in the hell would he give it to a FA who may not even sign with them… Lakers didn’t want Hollins, Brooklyn hired Jason Kidd AFTER interviewing Hollins, that speaks volumes…just saying..

      • courtney harris

        Just f*** saying.. Lol

      • Badazztj12

        I’m just saying looking for what Hollins did for the Grizzles over the years. He is clearly was the best choice for the Lakers. Taking a team who were last in defense and only took 3 years to make them a top 3 defense. Z-Bo don’t have the speed to keep up with faster PF’s but he used his strength to not get back down in the post. Marc Gasol used his length to bother shots and was the defensive call out because he was the C in the middle and they call see the floor. That’s why he won defensive player of the year.

        • LAstory

          I am not saying Hollins wasn’t… I have said from the beginning I would be happy with either one… but there is a reason why he interviewed once… for all we know maybe Hollins didn’t want to coach the Lakers, but almost every post is read assumes that the Lakers was Hollins first choice, he interviewed 2 days in a row… and left with a contract.. to me that sounds like he WANTED to coach the Nets..

    • Ryan LeBraun

      In the same fashion, the Lakers are going to wait and wait and wait on LeBron while missing out on all of the available (and perhaps more important) free agents like Bledsoe, Ariza, Parsons, etc., lol. I guess a lineup of Clarkson/Kobe/Lebron/Randle/Kelly will have to suffice.

    • DKWTTY

      I said the same thing. They never wanted Hollins in the first place, that was clear. They want to hire Byron Scott but don’t want to announce it yet for some strange reason. Jim Buss and his stupidity at it again.

  • Roy Nakamura

    lets bring showtime back!!!!!

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

    *sigh*. No point in waiting now. Only viable candidate left is Scott, unless there’s a sleeper somewhere.

    Lakers took their sweet time and let the rest of the league choose their coach for em.

    Would have preferred a much more decisive FO. This offseason we seem to be doing a lot of waiting, hoping, and wishing the pieces fall in to place.

    I wonder if the Nash/Dwight/D’Antoni thing has the FO scared.

    • Lakers Fan

      I still can’t believe they didn’t even interview Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy, or George Karl but interviewed scrub coaches like Gentry, Dunleavy Sr., and Rambis. Then, they thought waiting to hire a coach would be the right decision when Hollins should have been the 1st coach interviewed and the coach hired. It’s probably going to be the same result in this free agency seeing as though they are waiting on Melo and LeBron. I just don’t understand the decisions this FO is making.

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

        Being patient is one thing, waiting just to wait is another. Free Agency is still young, so I’ve got hope they don’t stretch it out too much, but the coach search should have been done already.

        • Lakers Fan

          Seeing how fast these players are agreeing to these deals, I say the Lakers don’t have a lot of time. When Ariza signs back with Washington and Lowry signs with either the Heat or Raptors(more than likely the Raptors due to the contract they offered him and the young, good nucleus of players they have), the only good starter-worthy players we HOPEFULLY have left to sign are Deng, Bledsoe, Parsons, and Monroe. Bledsoe will likely go back to Phoenix cause they will match any offer thrown at him. Monroe and Deng will go to the highest bidder, and Houston will match offers thrown at Parsons too. Not to mention better teams are going after these players. The Lakers have to speed up this process or they will end up assed out.

          • DKWTTY

            Exactly! This arrogance they have is the same reason why we lost Dwight Howard. They are going to hold out hope for Lebron and Melo and in the meanwhile all the other good free agents are locking up deals real quick with other teams. Then when Melo and Lebron FINALLY say that they aren’t going to the Lakers we are going to be stuck scrambling to find players to fill the roster. I expect a repeat of last year.

          • Lakers Fan

            This is what I have been saying for the longest. It isn’t like there are a lot of good FAs available this offseason. If we continue to wait, we will have another roster full of D-League players.

          • TheZuluNation

            I like the way you think bro.

      • cyborgspider

        They may have called and they may have declined. If you were JVG, would you leave the cozy national TV announce booth for a team that (at the time) only had an injured Kobe and Nash, plus Rob Sacre?

  • Spade

    Might as well announce Scott as head coach. Gotta say that I’m disappointed in the indecisive nature of the FO. While they’re busy chasing the pie in the sky they’re letting coaches and other free agents get away. Obviously Jim, Jeanie, and Mitch have no idea what they’re doing.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      I don’t think they’ve let anyone get away who they wanted to bring in. Only one coaching candidate has had multiple interviews, and he’s still available. Free agency just started, no one can sign a contract until the end of next week, and only a few players have agreed to anything so far. Relax.

  • Mike Hawk

    What about Jerry Sloan? He’s a good coach. I’m not sure is he still has any ties with the Jazz organization. But, I think he’d be great with coaching the Lakers.

    • Badazztj12

      Byron Scott best choice, plus Jerry is too old

    • LAstory

      Jerry Sloan, says he is done and retired from coaching…. Byron Scott will be the next Laker Coach

    • comrade24

      not interested in coaching and got overwhelmed by media in UTAH. UTAH.. wouldn’t survive in LA

  • AC

    NOOO!!! :( Lakers FO had months to sign this guy and they didn’t do anything.. he was right there in front of them. Did the FO ever think that Hollins MAYBE(sarcastically) could attract top quality free agents?? Like come on!!!

    • AC

      I’ll still accept Scott if he gets hired.. but Hollins was our best option out there and we let our best one go. I just want to clear myself, It may look like I don’t like Scott, but he is another good option, so I will support him and accept him.

      • LAstory

        That’s all i’m saying I wasn’t a Hollins guy, but had they’d hired him I would be supporting him like crazy… and in defending Scott I have to degrade Hollins… due to some fans looking at the record and not the totality of that season’s situations…

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Like the top quality free agents he attracted in Memphis?

  • V.lawrence

    It has to be something going on with the front office…..! Phil Jackson NO. D’Antoni YES
    Lionel Hollins NO Byron Scott YES…..! Once again they will live to regret it. There’s a reason that Scott has been fired from every head coaching job he’s had…..!!!

    • comrade24

      Every coach not named Phil or pop gets fired from every coaching job.

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

        Hollins didnt get fired. Many coaches have retired or stepped down. Scott has been fired three times, twice DURING the season.

        • LAstory

          *sighs*

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          Ask anyone who works on annual contracts. An employer choosing not to offer you a new contract is the same as being fired.

  • Matt Williams

    Brooklyn won’t do anything. They won’t even get far in the playoffs. Lakers FO shouldn’t have dragged their feet on this. I also blame stupid ass Jason Kidd for this being power hungry!

  • Lakers Fan

    When Byron Scott gets fired in 2 years, Jim needs to go too. He has once again failed to hire the right guy for the HC position. If they think hiring a coach just because he has “ties” to the team is better than hiring a coach who is known for accomplishing more with less talent and having a better win %, then this FO is as pathetic as I thought they were.

    • LAstory

      Hollins is KNOWN for doing more with less…then please explain Toronto or his years in Memphis…and please save me “he took Memphis to the WCF” when they beat a Clipper team that turned on their own coach in Delnegro and beat a OKC team that didn’t have Westbrook and when they finally got to a team that had their full set of players and a coach that has the support of them team… Hollins and the Grizzs got crushed… and Hollins “ties” got him a job in Brooklyn… the FO knew who they wanted from day one that’s why Hollins only met with the Lakers once… while Byron met with them 3 times, has been discussing defensive sets with Kobe since the interviews, and is on TWS talking about how to use Randle and Gasol on the floor together…. some Laker fans… when the writing is on the wall… just read it…

      • Badazztj12

        Its takes leadership to take a team when they where at the bottom in the league in defense and just to turn them into a top 3 defense just 3 years is something to look at. The only problem that they didn’t have was a consistent shooter

      • Lakers Fan

        Come on dude. He was an INTERIM coach in the 1999-2000 season and the 2004-2005 season! Look at when he finally took the team over in the 08-09 season. He started out with a 13-26 record in 08-09(which he didn’t have a full season with the team and came in during the second half of the season), then a 40-42 record in 09-10, then a 46-36 record in 10-11, then a 41-25 record in 11-12(which was the lockout season), and then finally a 56-26 record in 12-13. That’s EVERY year he improved that team. Not only that, but the defense made a jump EVERY year and he turned Marc Gasol into the DPOY. I don’t want to hear anything about the Clippers turning on Del Negro which lead to them losing the series. Griffin was tissue soft and couldn’t do anything with Randolph. That’s Griffin’s fault, not Del Negro’s. Del Negro lead them to their best winning season in the history of that franchise, so you can save that excuse. Just like you say OKC didn’t have Westbrook, the same can be said about Memphis not having a go-to scorer when they played the Spurs. All of those games were close(except game 1) and if they had a go-to scorer at the end of those games they could have beat the Spurs. You have no actual facts outside of Scott’s Laker ties that can prove why he is a better coach than Hollins. I know Scott is hands down going to be the HC now since Hollins is signing with Brooklyn, but Hollins should have been hired 2 months ago and rather you want to admit it or not is a better coach than Scott.

        • Redemption Rain

          Totally agree, I wonder if we can hire Mark Jackson, he has a decent coaching record with 121-109 that’s .526% better then Scot

          • Lakers Fan

            We didn’t even interview him. I can say the same about Jeff Van Gundy and George Karl. That’s the crazy thing about Mark Jackson tho. He stepped in as a HC with no coaching experience and did wonders for that team. I’m telling you dude. The only advantage Scott has is his ties to the team. There are better coaches out there, but I guess they want to hire someone with a relationship with Kobe(which D’Antoni had and we see how that played out).

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            All you Byron Scott haters try to talk about the “facts,” but you ignore or try to explain away the facts that support Scott. Byron Scott took a bad Nets team to the Finals twice in a row. He took a bad Hornets team–with no home arena and that was just ambushed by the league throwing it into the Western Conference–to second in the West. Explain it away any way you want, but those are the facts.

            I hope he fails the same way with the Lakers.

          • Badazztj12

            Bad Hornets team with CP3 and Chandler(when he was playing at all-star level)

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Bad Hornets team when the two highest-minute players were PJ Brown and Dan Dickau.

          • Lakers Fan

            My god. You all are overrating those trips to the Finals. He played against weak competition in the Eastern Conference. He got exposed when they played superior talent in the Lakers and Spurs. When he coached New Orleans, he couldn’t get them past the second round. The West now is beyond stacked and much harder than it was during his New Orleans days. Yea he improved those teams, but when he went up against superior talent he has failed to deliver. He has been blessed with 2 superstar PGs in Paul and Kidd and he still couldn’t deliver. Hollins had much less talent to work with, harder competition to go up against, and capitalized on it as much as he could. He was a consistant scorer away from going to the Finals, considering how close the games were outside of game 1.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Since he took those Nets teams to the Finals, Larry Brown and Eric Spoelstra are the only other coaches who have accomplished the same feat. And teams led by superstar PGs fail all the time. It’s probably the least important position on the floor. How many times did Jerry Sloan fail with a superstar PG? George Karl? Danny Ainge? Mike D’Antoni? Red Holzman?

          • Lakers Fan

            And what has all those coaches had at there disposal? A superstar player. Hollins had no superstar player to work with. He did as much as he could with the team he had, and if they had a go-to scorer at the end of games 2-4 against the Spurs, they could have beat them. I’m simply saying Hollins has done more with less talent than Scott. Anyways, there is no point in continuing talking about Hollins. He has officially become the HC of the Nets. I just want every Laker fan who vouched for Scott to remember this day if Scott ends up fired in the next couple of years.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            I expect any coach they hire this summer to be fired in 2-3 years. It is the Laker way.

          • TheZuluNation

            If we do in fact hire Mark Jackson, he better hire someone that knows how to draw out plays well.

        • LAstory

          Look bro, you can’t say “oh he was just a interim coach” thats BS, Improved that team still no playoffs that why he was fired. 2. You want to make piss ass excuses for Hollins by beating… by your own statements a weak ass Clipper team and beating a non healthy OKC team… THEN when they got their asses handed to them NOW you want to say, “oh, well they didn’t have a go to scorer” FOH, with that. IF THEY HAD… excuse maker… Byron has rings FACT, coached by and learned under a coach with many rings FACT, back to back final appearances FACT, made the Hornets relevant when the were between playing in OKC/NO FACT… the “facts” you give for Hollins… is straight garbage… Toronto he sucked, he sucked in Memphis, got interviewed by the NETS and they STILL hired Jason Kidd anyway… no other team called him since he was fired in Mem, had only 1 interview with the Lakers and no follow up interview while B. Scott has had 3…. get the f*** over it… or just be a Brooklyn fan… Lakers all day here… even if they hire Hollins I’m rolling with them, if its Scott I’m rolling with them if its JVG I’m rolling with them… just like I did when the hired MDA and I wanted Phil I still rolled…fans like you make me sick…

          • Redemption Rain

            LAstory you are an idiot, Scott having rings as NBA player has NO RELATIONS to his coaching ability, you lost all relevance bring up rings when he won 3 of them under Pat Riley, Luke Walton has a ring maybe we should ask him to be the head coach LOL, you lost all credibility and ignore the factual numbers of the Ws and Ls that Hollin’s has on his resume.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Everyone who knows and has ever commented on the matter thinks Luke would make a great coach. Bad example.

          • Redemption Rain

            Bad example? Explain yourself, what coaching experience does Luke have? Tell me who has he coached? LOL what a dumbass, if you know ANYTHING about basketball which shows you don’t, Luke’s first time coaching is this year as a ASSISTANT coach for the Warriors #FAIL

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            It’s a bad example because everyone in the business thinks Luke will be a good coach. If you want to pick a player with rings to make your point that championship players are lousy coaches, pick someone who won rings and failed as a coach–like Magic–or someone who would most likely fail as a coach–like Shaq.

          • Redemption Rain

            You’re stupid on so many levels, go take a logic class at your local community college.

            1. Explain how does rings received as a player translate to a successful coaching career?

            2. Walton has NEVER coached in the NBA, you make a WILD assumption that he makes a good coach because someone said so…..ummm ok

            3. I never said Scott was a bad coach, what I said was that Hollins is a better coach compared to Scott BECAUSE of his record, the numbers speaks for themselves

            4. Look up the False Cause Fallacy, your comment is full of it.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            I was only pointing out your own poor logic. You compared Scott and Walton on the basis of rings and implying Walton would be a bad coach even though he won rings. Your comparison, not mine; I only suggested you improve your argument–poor logic though it may be–by dropping the name of someone who won rings and actually would be a bad coach. Several people have said they believe Luke would be a terrific coach, including Phil Jackson.

            You didn’t say Scott was a bad coach, but you have implied it in multiple comments on the matter. In any case, the Lakers never wanted Hollins, Hollins has a job now, and we can all move on.

          • Redemption Rain

            1. I was not the one who brought up rings pal, LAstory did, you should check up on that. He brought up “rings” as an argument for why he prefers Scott over Hollins, my statement criticizes his thought process by saying that how does championship rings AS a player have any barring with coaching.

            2. How is my logic flaw when I compare two former basketball players with rings? Scott and Walton both won at least one ring AS A PLAYER. He has rings (Scott 3) and the other guy has rings (Walton 2), they both want to be coaching. LOGICALLY VALID. I see nothing wrong in my comparison.

            3. I think you misinterpret Phil’s comment, Luke has the potential be a successful coach. The same could be said that you have the potential to be a good basketball coach, maybe unlikely, but their is a chance. Right now, Luke is an inexperience coach who has not coached in the NBA, therefore my comments towards Luke is a inductively strong argument.

          • Lakers Fan

            Are you slow?? HE NEVER COACHED TORONTO IDIOT!!! Where are you getting these facts from?!? The only team he has coached is the Grizzles when they were in Vancouver and now in Memphis. You say Scott has rings, well guess what? Hollins do too when he won with the Portland Trailblazers in 1977. You must be some young Laker fan who knows nothing about the NBA outside of this organization. I can’t stand Lakers fans who are so biased and ignorant and fails to possess some form of basketball knowledge. That who little rant you just went on proves you know nothing about basketball let alone the NBA. I’m a REALISTIC Laker fan who tells the truth about my team rather “fans” like you like it or not. Get over yourself dude. If you don’t like what I have to say about Scott, then don’t read my comments. It’s obvious you can’t have a legit argument without getting tight, so don’t read my comments and don’t reply to them. Cause I’m going to give my opinion and support it with facts(something you have failed to do) rather you like it or not.

          • Badazztj12

            Exactly man. I am young but I do read up on my history and I still believe defense wins championships

        • Badazztj12

          You just straight put all these Scott fans in check!

      • Anthony Hollins

        Hollins never coached with the Raptors. What are you talking about his Ties to the Nets? The spurs just crushed a team with LeBron James, so let’s not going there. You really have no argument. You want Scott and that’s fine but You’ve given no valid reason for why he’s better than Hollins.

        • LAstory

          My mistake it was VAN he coached… Lionel and Billy King are long time friends, the same Billy King that interviewed him 2 days in a row and left with a signed contract as he left Billy’s office. There is no point anymore in talking about another teams coach…

  • Adriel Cherreguine

    It`s gonna be Scott unless there`s a unannounced coach elsewhere. Having 416-521 record throughout his coaching career. But I think he had the lights of his coaching career back then in New Jersey 2001-2003 leading the team to the finals but eventually lost to the LAL in coach Phil era. He maybe a good fit for the team atleast lets also include the time he spent for the New Orleans, he brings back the team to the playoffs atleast. Just the Cavs was the down of his coaching career. But how about his Princeton Offense and his Defense ? LOL i hope he couldn`t get fired this season.

    • LAstory

      Byron was under Riley not Phil Jackson… and they never ran a Princeton offense.. they ran a HI/LO; Double post offense; and they ran… defense was something Riley and Scott preached… I think you have Brian Shaw and Byron Scott mixed up…

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        As OP stated, Scott coached the Nets when Phil was the coach of the Lakers, and Scott is known for utilizing the Princeton offense throughout his coaching career.

        • LAstory

          I was talking about Pat never running the Princeton offense and while Byron was under Pat they ran a Hi-lo double post offense… never said B.Scott didn’t run the Princeton offense…

      • Adriel Cherreguine

        I didn`t said Byron was under Phil. What I said was Byron made it to the NBA Finals as a coach of New Jersey Nets way back 2001-2003 but eventually lost to Phil Jackson-mentored LAKERS dude.

        • LAstory

          Bro I never said you did… I was pointing out that B. Scott played in a hi/lo double post offense… he knows that offense pretty well… from learning it UNDER Pat… with this Laker team, if he is hired, will have to run a hi/lo double post offense… Byron has said it multiple times when he was hosting Time warner sports… And I think we all know that Scott lost to Phil, not sure what point you were trying to make dude.

  • BULL

    im pretty sure every one knew Scott is the man..

  • Al Haldie

    If the LAKERS keep sleeping and don’t wake up—we will only have D’antoni to coach the LAKERS AGAIN…that’s ok MITCH.. pretty soon all the good FA will be gone also….

    • TheZuluNation

      …Jim is the problem…

  • rival

    A lot of you guys must think spolstra could of won championships without the big 3 lol point being we need good players to win

  • jeremy

    so what i didnt think he had a real shot to be the coach anyways, i really think scott the new coach they just wont say it yet

  • jeremy

    scott not a bad coach as some might say dude just need the right talent. when he had talent like kidd and martin nets went far and when he had paul and chandler pelicans were pretty decent team. so all scott needs is the right talent to coach.

  • Truth B Told

    Some of you need to get a grip……Making all this fuss about Hollins when the majority of the Lakers fans wanted Scott………It’s not like everyone was knocking down doors to get to Hollins…..He got a reprieve because Kidd jump ship with his power hunger ideas(got Scott fired also)…….On the contrary Dr Buss(RIP) wanted Scott before he took the Cleveland job………..He’s finally getting the position(hopefully)……….Feel much better with Jeanie’s imput.

    • jeremy

      scott the coach and the writing on the wall, i just dont get why lakers havent said it yet. ill be surprise if lakers dont pick scott

      • comrade24

        They just want to give Melo/Lebron, who have never played a single game with the Lakers a voice in the hiring, while they refused to give Kobe, who’s given them 18 years a say. SMH

        • jeremy

          i wouldnt give james any voice in coaching look who he had with the heat i wouldnt call him phil jackson so lakers need to show who boss and just hire a coach not let players pick one unless your kobe

  • Oliver

    I am 100% certain the Lakers FO never really wanted to hire Lionel Hollins as head coach it was a big smokescreen.Lionel never had a chance at being the Lakers coach i mean never ever.They want to make it look like they are trying but they are not actually doing anything to improve.Same with free agency they are using big names as a smokescreen to act like they tried but it’s just a easy escape for FO.

  • jeremy

    if this is true lakers cant or should not get him i just read
    Stephenson doesnt like a 5 year 44 mill deal pacers want to give him and think he should get more. Sources: L Stephenson & Pacers at impasse. Indy offers 5 yrs/$44 mill. Lance wants more, will talk to others. Chi, LAL, Hornets interested.— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 02, 2014

  • http://www.celebritybug.net Celebrity Bug

    I do not think Byron is the right guy, but I have a feeling that is who they will end up hiring. I need Mitch to do better.

  • Andy L

    Congratulations FO! Another notch on your fuck up bed pole. There was nothing we could do about not getting Smart in the draft but this was just a dumbass non-move. Scrambling when Nets show interest? What the hell kind of message does that send??? We have become a truly sorry organization under the misguidance of Jimbo Puss. Now, sign Scott – at öatest on friday after talks with Melo. Goddamnit….

  • DP

    I am so fed up with the FO already, bring MDA back and lets tank the next 5 sessions. It will save me money on the long term by dropping Time Warner from my DTV subscription anyway.

  • Lucas Torres

    Hollins is a crap coach! Never reach the finals! We need winners. I pick Scott.

    • TheZuluNation

      I wouldn’t call a coach that got a team with no superstar players far in the Western Conference playoffs a “crap coach.”

  • samptaw

    There goes the best available coach. So much for the “laker blood” for a coach. Phil Jackson didn’t have an ounce of “laker blood” in him prior to getting him in 1999…it was all based on track record. Hollins has a better track record than Scott as a coach.

    • jeremy

      best coach that got look over by 3 teams that went with new fresh NBA coaches and only had one meeting with the lakers when scott had like 3. so i wouldnt call him the best available coach

  • Tune

    I’m getting worried now, Lakers are acting too slow and now we’re losing potential big pieces. We’re not getting LBJ or Melo most likely, we just lost the best head coach candidate that could’ve developed Randle, we might lose Pau, probably not getting any PGs in this free agency that are noteworthy, losing players that are developing greatly such as Meeks, probably going to lose Swaggy P now, and everybody else is up in the air. At this point only people left I’m hoping for are Hill, Ryan Kelly, Henry, and Bazemore.

    • Lakers Fan

      Hill will likely be gone too unfortunately. The Lakers are betting all their money on Melo or Lebron. The team will be full of D-League players once again.

    • TheZuluNation

      The Lakers have always had down years and ended up bouncing back and competing again. It’s a cycle. Fans can’t expect the Lakers to win titles every season. A lot of us need to lower expectations and remain patient.

      • Tune

        It’s not that, I expect down seasons and don’t mind it really. It’s fun cheering for an underdog team like last season seeing us beat OKC with Meeks dropping I think 42 or around that. It’s just us drafting Randle then not taking Hollins since we’re too focused on pipedreams of LBJ and Melo. Then seeing all these potential great upside players go.

        • TheZuluNation

          I’m w/ ya on Hollins. Perfect fit in L.A. but oh well. Let’s see what Scott does since it seems like he will be the coach.

  • Lakeland

    I guess it’s another losing year! Stupid fucking lakers. Smdh

  • kaybee

    Lakers missed our coach, I stil dont like scott as coach, should of been hollins. Give us van gundy then!

  • roseducanna

    I toll you. LAKERS choose and choose later they get the garbage .

  • WAKE UP

    WAKE UP LAKERS!!!! WAKE UPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!

  • independentbynature

    I prefer Scott anyway.Still,the indecision that Lakers FO keeps showing is not a good sign.Waiting for LeBron and Melo is not a plan.It’s a delusion.

  • Sti1lmatic

    What would Mike Brown do?

  • TheZuluNation

    Hollins would have been my choice, but it seems to be that Scott will be the next coach. I think Scott will do better in L.A. than he did in New Orleans and Cleveland.

  • numb1lakefan

    kobe said no to hollins..for the few laker fans that wanted hollins

  • Fan-Media

    Jeff Van Gundy will the new head coach for the Lakers. His winning percentage is higher than the other coaches except probably George Karl. Karl’s downfall is the playoffs. He can’t win in the playoffs.

    Van Gundy has coached elite players and will fight for them 100%. No nonsense coach that preaches defense. He gets on the players level and speaks their language which they all respect. He knows the game and understands how to deal with big media marketplaces (New York & Houston).

    Ima Byron Scott fan. Loved him as a player and think he’s a good coach. Sucked that LeBron bounced the year Scott came in to coach.

    Lol you think LeBron will come to the Lakers if Scott is the head coach now?

  • kiko

    jeff van gundy or george karl and mike woodson next new head coach LA Lakers

  • Mark Pope

    We have the two biggest idiots running the show in Jim Buss and Kupchak…and they let Kobe dictate to them that Hollins is a poor choice???? Now, he’s gone and getting a decent coach now seems dim..I only hope that possibly Jeff Van Gundy and Ettore Messina are given interviews. NO Byron Scott, Kurt Rambis or George Karl!!

  • Bruce

    Well, there goes my top choice for Lakers head coach. I’d take him over Scott anyday.

  • Richard

    With the Lakers not in a hurry to pick their next coach, if they are still seriously interested in Bryon and decide they want him as the next coach, will they get his imput on the type of free agents players he will want on the team?

  • AK

    Lakers fucked up letting him go Im not sold on Scott

  • Lakers4Life

    Nothing to worry about. Jeff Van Gundy is still out there, so we only need to reach out and I’m sure Mitch and FO can work out a deal with him.

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