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VIDEO: Kobe Bryant Believes There Are Very Few Great Coaches Available

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The Lakers are in the midst of a rebuild from scratch. With only three players under contract and no coach, next year’s edition of the team is likely to be much different from the 2013 version.

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One of the biggest questions surrounding the team right now is who the next coach will be. The Lakers are taking their time with the process to make sure they get this selection right.

While Mitch Kupchak has said that Kobe Bryant’s opinion won’t matter in the head coach selection, Bryant gave his opinion on why the search is taking so long:

That’s a very, very tough call to make because unfortunately there are very few great coaches out there. I don’t know why that is, but there are very few great coaches left. So it’s a very, very short list. We’re really going to take our time and try to pick the right person.

Favorites have emerged during this round of interviews, but Bryant is pretty spot on in his assessment. A great coach can be the difference between a playoff team and a championship team and there are very few like that who are available.

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Coaches like Byron Scott, Kurt Rambis, and Lionel Hollins have all been linked with the Lakers job, but at this point, no one is sure what the Lakers will do. All that matters to both is that the right man is in charge of the team next season.

(H/T Kobe Legends)
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  • cyborgspider

    Spoiler alert: Kurt Rambis isn’t on that “great coaches” list. Wish they’d bring in Lionel for a 2nd interview, or pursue another couple big names… it’s been ages since we’ve heard any news on the coaching front.

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

      I’d love to see Hollins on the Lakers bench.

      • Cassandra Marino

        im a huge hollins fan and I consider him to be a great coach or he has the potential to become a great coach. lakers have to sign him if they want to be back in contention in a tough west I don’t see that in scott

        • nlruizjr

          I respect your opinion but I’m of the opposite persuasion

          I feel that Scott is by far the better coach and I’m basing this on both coaching records plus the fact that Byron is family and is a 3 time Lakers champ which I feel will help draw new talent to the Lakers, which Hollins doesn’t have.

          • Cassandra Marino

            best scenerio lakers 2014-15 roster (in my opinion)
            Coach Hollins or scott
            PG nash/marshall/farmar/smart if they draft him
            SG kobe/Young/bazemore
            SF Ariza/MWP
            PF Hill/Kelly/Randle if drafted/ed davis or josh mcroberts or love
            C sacre/Bynum/

          • Tyrone Von Gilyard

            MWP coaching a high school girls basketball team for next season.. Nash not gone start. Ariza I can see that maybe deng.. hill i see that too. C i see them making a move for a free agent to keep sacre out the starting lineup cause he really not ready for that

          • Anthony Hollins

            Whether he’s a Laker or not has no bearing on whether he’s a better coach. Also Hollins has a better winning percentage. Not saying Scott is a bad coach, just not understanding how you can make that assertion.

          • Lkrpwr

            How come Kidd run him out of NJ. Was it for playing too much golf and being clueless

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            I don’t really remember the New Jersey situation clearly, but we all know JKidd is a complete jerk, so there’s that…

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Hollins has a better winning percentage because he had a better team. Scott started with crap teams and built them into contenders twice. And Scott has the better postseason record.

          • Anthony Hollins

            Scott also had Hall of fame point guards on both of those teams. You could make a case that his teams were more talented. Furthermore, you need to check your facts. Hollins took over a Memphis team that had not won over 25 games in the 3 previous seasons. He then built that into a power in the west without a superstar player. Again, I’m not saying Scott can’t coach, but there’s no evidence that he’s a better coach.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            The Grizzlies also brought in Z-Bo. Add that to very young players like Marc Gasol, OJ Mayo, Mike Conley, and Rudy Gay, and you have a pretty good roster of guys who SHOULD get better (with better team results) each year.

          • Anthony Hollins

            I didn’t say they didn’t have talent, have to to win, but he definitely cultivated it. Most of those guys either had bad reps or, hadn’t won in this league. He brought them together, and got the most out of them

          • nlruizjr

            I just gave you the evidence above !!!!

          • nlruizjr

            Hollins worst place is 7th in 99-00 and his best is 2nd place with Mem. in 11-12, 12-13. Scott’s worst coaching was 6th in NJ and 1st 2wice in NJ in 01-02 and 02-03 and 1st in NO in 07-08, now not taking anything else into consideration just going coaching record against coaching record Scott never finished worst than Hollins and Scott finished 1st 3 times which is better than 2nd for Hollins 2 times, therefore Scott’s coaching record is better than Hollins hands down !!!!!

    • Joseph Apohen

      I don’t think any of the interviewees has done a better job than Mark Jackson did in SF in three years time. Why isn’t he getting an interview?

      • Anthony Hollins

        Hollins did better in Memphis during that time. Also had a better head to head record.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        By SF, I assume you mean Oakland? Just struck me odd, because in basketball the only thing SF means to me is Small Forward.

        • Joseph Apohen

          Replace SF with small forward. Does the sentence make any sense? Let me do it for you. I don’t think any of the interviewees has done a better job than Mark Jackson did in Small Forward in three years time.

  • Forum Blue

    Would love to know who Kobe considers to be great from the lot of available coaches.

  • chris b

    Time to bring pat riley out of retirement.

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

      Pat Riley isn’t retired. He’s a GM…

      • Joseph Apohen

        Being a GM, does that mean he retired from coaching. Not only a GM but isn’t he the president and part owner of the Heat?

  • VillainKing

    I think Kobe’s point is hiring Hollins..

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

      Let’s hope.

      • Cassandra Marino

        hollins is a step in the right direction they better get him before cavs snatch him up

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          If the Cavs wanted him–and he wanted to coach the Cavs–he would already be there. I think there’s a reason he has been out of coaching for a full year and ELEVEN teams have hired new coaches since he became available with two more teams currently not all that interested in him. The same could be said about Byron Scott and several other candidates, but I wish people would get off the “Hollins is our only hope” train.

    • nlruizjr

      just how did you arrive at that conclusion,,,,,, ?????

      • VillainKing

        just my own opinion!!!!!!

        • nlruizjr

          I respect your opinion but Scott just edges out Hollins on final appearances and Scott has the better player record which players would tend to respect just a little more, imo but I guess in either case the Lakers would come out ahead from the past 2 experiences

          • VillainKing

            I also respect your opinion but I like Hollins than Scott he is much more greater defensive minded coach and that is the Lakers lacking..so be the best coach win for the Lakers..Let’s see what will happen next for the Lakers Head Coaching job..

        • Joseph Apohen

          I’m not sure about great, but I think he is good.

          • VillainKing

            I mean for me Hollins is much more greater coach than Scott..

      • Joseph Apohen

        Josh has a good point. I don’t see anyone lining up for those two. The only two great coaches in my book are Pops of the Spurs and Spoelstra of the Heat. We all know what Popovich can do. Spoelstra kept those big egos and often injured together for four runs at the championship.

    • Joseph Apohen

      I think Hollins is a no nonsense coach. He is great. I cannot understand why Memphis replaced him.

  • Jim213

    No diss to anyone but Kobe had to go to Brazil to get asked some of the better questions that he’s responded to this off season? He agrees with FO taking their time to find the next coach while mentioning there’s a limited number of great one’s remaining. He’ll be the closest to 100% ready for next season.

    Pau’s probably crying his eyeballs out today.

    • Cassandra Marino

      best scenerio lakers 2014-15 roster (in my opinion)
      Coach Hollins
      PG nash/marshall/farmar/smart if they draft him
      SG kobe/Young/bazemore
      SF Ariza/MWP
      PF Hill/Kelly/Randle if drafted/ed davis or josh mcroberts or love
      C sacre/Bynum/

      • Jim213

        Your view, but IMO not by a long shot. There’s still better players in FA to fill the roster as opposed to bringing those who can’t play defense.

    • Joseph Apohen

      Spain is just like the Lakers. Good time has to come to an end sometime. Cherish the memories because it will be a long long long time before the cream comes to the top as long as we have Jimbo.

  • independentbynature

    Byron Scott is the best coach available for the Lakers,followed by Lionel Hollins,IMO.We need a coach who will turn this team’s mindset around by stressing defense and holding players accountable for it.It seems the rumors about waiting for LeBron to pick our coach might be true.That’s what’s taking so long for our delusional FO to make a decision.It appears that it’s not to interview anyone else.That’s why there’s no more news on the subject.

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    As far as great coaches is concerned.. there are only 3 to 4 that comes to mind in recent year…. Phil, Pop, Sloan,SPo

  • Bryant T. Jordan

    I’d love to see JEFF VAN GUNDY but my guess is they go with Byron Scott

    - Bryant T. Jordan
    Author of “Saving the Lakers: A Be the General Manager Book” a Choose Your Own Adventure sports book for adults

  • Tyrone Von Gilyard

    Hollins or Scott

    • Badazztj12

      Yup but hope we get Hollins though because his slow pace offense. You saw what the Spurs did the Heat defense.

  • Tyrone Von Gilyard

    Our coach wont be picked till after july 1st so we can all hang that up. They wanna see who they can pull in first then shoot for a coach

  • roseducanna

    No SCOTT,he is the same 2 MIKE’s coach.The best coach can run LAKERS is SLOAN or coach K of DUKE.

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