Rick Fox Believes Kobe’s Opinion Should Matter In Coaching Search Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="289"] There has been an ongoing question on whether the front office should talk to Kobe about who will be the next coach of the Lakers. Ko [new_royalslider id="289"] There has been an ongoing question on whether the front office should talk to Kobe about who will be the next coach of the Lakers. Ko Rating: 0
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Rick Fox Believes Kobe’s Opinion Should Matter In Coaching Search

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There has been an ongoing question on whether the front office should talk to Kobe about who will be the next coach of the Lakers. Kobe said that he would like to be asked, but Mitch Kupchak has maintained that Bryant’s opinion will not be sought.

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One person who doesn’t agree with that is former Laker Rick Fox. On ESPN LA’s Max & Marcellus radio show, Fox gave his reasoning on why Bryant’s opinion should matter to the front office:

Kobe still has a vision for this team, and he has to be included in that vision to some degree. You want to make sure Kobe is a part of that conversation as far as style of play because you don’t have a team.

Fox brings up an interesting point. After Kobe, the Lakers roster is a giant question mark. No one knows what to expect from Steve Nash, and Robert Sacre and Kendall Marshall are not players who could be consulted on something like this.

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Bryant is who the Lakers will be built around, and Kupchak has admitted that getting the most out of Bryant is an important factor in determining who the next coach will be. Fox told Max & Marcellus that a system like the triangle offense would get the most out of Bryant at this stage of his career:

That’s why I believe Kobe, in these latter years of his career, if he’s not in a system that allows him to move and execute beyond his talent level [...] it’s gonna be hard for any coach to get the most out of what is left in his game. And there’s a lot left.

With Byron Scott and Mike Dunleavy interviewing for the job so far, something like the triangle offense may not happen, but the Lakers seem focused on getting a coach who will maximize what Bryant has left. And hopefully Fox is right that it is a lot.
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  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    Get Derek Fisher already!!! Assistant Coaches: Rambis, Luke Walton, Mad Dog.
    Resign Pau Gasol to a lesser contract, get Shaun Livingstone, and Deng or Ariza.

    We can have a lineup of
    Gasol,Deng,Ariza,Kobe,Livingstone …. excellent lineup for a triangle offense.

    • vdogg

      back it down, man. fisher has never coached a single second of hoops at any level. it’s not happening.

      • Sylvia Ross

        Right, I would love him as an assistant coach but HC no !! Let’s have Byron Scott as the HC and Derek would make a great assistant coach. Derek, hasn’t had the experience to do this yet. Coaching the Lakers will take someone who has been around for a while.

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

        Just because Fish hasn’t coach a team yet doesn’t mean he won’t be an effective coach… remember, he was always the coach on the floor, even during the Kobe-Shaq years…

    • ra

      Based on what Rick Fox said, then Byron Scott maybe isn’t the best fit here. Scott has said that Kobe has to change his game.

      Right now, the Lakers have ‘nothing’ except Kobe. Nothing. What type of team are they going to have next year? They’re not even getting a high draft pick, and the picks aren’t all that good this year (i.e., no superstars, really – maybe some all-stars). Jerry West has said so himself.

      I’m thinking more and more that Fish is the logical choice. Fish would pick the Lakers over the Knicks, because it’s closer to home, and he’s more familiar with the organization. The Buss’s would go along with whatever he wants. And, he’s the perfect person to get along with Kobe, and help optimize his talents over the next few years.

      Makes sense to me now.

      • vdogg

        the lakers are not a job for someone who has never coached even a junior high game. besides, the lakers are going to be signing players this summer — players who they will have in a addition to kobe. fish would be fine as an assistant coach.. but HEAD coach?

        NO WAY.

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

          Fisher, was the coach on the floor when he was playing for Phil… so, he always commanded respect from his teammates, even Shaq. Why won’t he be effective on the bench? His knowledge of basketball is more than enough to be a HC.

        • comrade24

          just a thought. Pat Riley had never even coached a jr high game when he took the keys to the kingdom and it turned out well. Erik Spoelstra, the same. Phil had never coached before he took over the Bulls. It’s not always a bad idea to get a fresh face.

          • Chrmngblly

            Actually Phil did coach before the Bulls—up in Canada, the Patroons or some-such.

            I always thought Luke and the Fish would be good coaches. It may even be a good thing for the FO to have a scapegoat for a year or two. The fans love Fish and likely would cut him some slack while Mitch pulls a team together. It is going to be a bumpy ride, friends.

    • Lakersallday

      That’s more of a D’antoni system man!! What u talking about

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

        not an MDA team, Gasol is a triangle offense guy… Deng is a legit 6-9, Ariza, flourish in the offense, and livingstone, is a typical, long triangle offense PG… this team is not a run and gun by any stretch of your imagination… I am not sure how you could come up with that idea. Enlighten me.

  • John

    There are only 2 coaches Kobe would listen to: Phil Jackson and Coach K. The 2 coaches he won championships with; any other coach – “good luck”.

    • Chrmngblly

      Bad news. Neither of them are coming.


    PHOTTTOO BOMB, love my lakers but i was dead wen i seen this on instagram LMAO..

  • Russ

    I agree 100% with Rick Fox.The Lakers better pick the coach Kobe Bryant wants!The team is paying Kobe $48.5 million bucks to play basketball and that is almost half the cap space with that said let Kobe bring in his own personal coach the only stipulation is the coaches name can’t be Mike.All people with the name Mike are invalid in the Lakers coaching search.NO more Mike please and thank you.Let people know we discontinued that Mike promotion…

    • Chrmngblly

      Fellow Fish Fans: I, too, was a virgin once. Sure, not too many of the ladies can imagine such a thing today, but it was true once. The Lakers are going to be so pitiful next year, as I was on that moonlit night by the river, it isn’t going to matter who they bring in as coach, the Lakers are going to get tangled up in their own underwear and it will take an artful woman to avoid laughing in their faces, as an artful woman resisted the urge to laugh in mine.

      Let it be Fish. I will support him. Will you and Kobe?

  • Devon Samuels²⁴

    I love D-Fish but I don’t want any first time ever coach its better to get an experience NBA level coach but he would be great assistant coach he can gain some experience like B-Shaw did with Phil Jackson

  • Marcus Reyes

    get byron as head coach emphasizing defense, with luke and fisher as assistants doing the triangle for offense.

  • NYLakerJ

    IMO, Lakers FO should take a lot of that TV money, bite the bullet…make Coach K a 5-yr offer he won’t refuse. FO is all in on Kobe’s next two years…need a coach who he trusts, has cache and will attract other elite talent to join with all that cap space…Coach K loves Duke, loves Team USA…but, unlike years ago, has nothing left to prove or achieve – except winning an NBA title. 5yr/$50-55m…drop in bucket for team to restore championship culture.
    Or, go Fish…lol

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