Lakers Fire Mike Brown, Possible New Coaches

Who’s the Lakers Next Head Coach: Taking a Look at the Possible Candidates

11/9/12 in NBA   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

The Los Angeles Lakers’ firing of Mike Brown was the easy part—finding a coach that can, not only salvage the rest of the season, but also find away to flourish will be the hard part. The organization is on a strict time table to win a title now. Steve Nash is 38, Kobe Bryant is contemplating retirement, and Dwight Howard needs to be convinced to sign a long term contract with the team. Firing Mike Brown was the first step—it was painfully obvious that he was not the correct fit for the new look Lakers—and now the most important part is finding the right coach for the job. Here is a quick look at the likely candidates for the job and the chances that they are actually hired to coach the Lakers.


July 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski (left) and assistant coach Mike D'Antoni during a press conference at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
Both Mike D'Antoni and Coach K will be candidates to replace Mike Brown.

 
Mike D’Antoni: 50% Chance
 
D’Antoni is the odds on favorite to get the position. The Lakers have a dynamic group of players that would benefit from a fast-paced offense, and what better coach to implement it than the innovator of the seven-seconds-or-less run and gun offensive, Mike D’Antoni himself?
 
There are a lot of things in play here: Kobe grew up watching D’Antoni play in the Italian leagues and has a strong respect for the coach. Steve Nash of course won two MVP awards under D’Antoni’s tenure in Phoenix; and biggest of all, Jim Buss has wanted nothing more than to separate himself from his father and build a Lakers championship team on his own, and what better way to do that than by bring in his ‘own guy’?
 

Phil Jackson: 35% Chance
 
Even though Jim Buss and Phil Jackson haven’t always seen eye to eye, he is still in play to be the Lakers next coach. As much as Buss would love to build a championship team without using his father’s guy, Jackson is too perfect of a fit to pass up. The big question here is whether or not Jackson still wants to coach.
 
Sure, there was talk about him wanting to coach again last season, but that was specifically about coaching the New York Knicks. Phil has always been a philosophical guy, and returning to coach the Knicks was always based on the symbolism of ending his career where he began it as a player. Phil wanting to coach is not completely certain, but if he wanted to come back, the job would most likely be his.
 

Brian Shaw: 10% Chance
 
The Lakers had a chance to hire Shaw as their coach last year and decided to go another direction. The Lakers fan base would welcome Shaw as their new coach, but Jim Buss was simply not sold on Shaw and viewed him more as a Phil Jackson understudy, which he was trying to separate himself from. So if the team cannot get Phil Jackson himself, there is only a small chance that they would want his ‘mini me’. But the reason Shaw has a chance at all is his relationship with the organization, as well as the fact that he would probably have Kobe Bryant’s full support.
 

Jerry Sloan: 4% Chance
 
Sloan would be decent fit with the Lakers, as he is a no-nonsense coach that would probably mesh well with Kobe, but he just isn’t that high profile of a coach to get the nod from the Buss family. If D’Antoni, Jackson, and Shaw were to all pass on the position then Sloan would probably be the odds on favorite.
 

Mike Krzyzewski: 1%
 
Coach K has always said he has no interest in coaching in the NBA, but because of his relationship with Kobe Bryant, the Lakers will no doubt approach the Duke Coach just to see. Who knows, maybe he has a change of heart?
 
Kobe has had a close relationship with the Krzyzewski since entering the NBA and has said on numerous occasions that if he had played in college he would have done so at Duke.
 

Other: 0%
 
There are not many coaches left to choose from. Who are the Lakers really going to bring in-- one of the Van Gundy brothers? If they want to keep Howard they won’t. There’s Larry Brown, Isaiah Thomas, a college coach? There’s not much to choose from.
 
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11/10/12   |   jaysinw   |   4899 respect

GeorgeMon wrote:
Isn't that exactly what the Lakers have? A great point guard who could run pick and rolls with his two big men? Kobe would find a way to make it work.

Yes they have a PG, no Kobe will not let it work, he will have to run the offense, look how things went last year and the first five games this season. Besides all of Prue-season Kobe runs the offense and Nash looks out of place. Kobe is to old to change the way he plays the game. BTW the pick and roll would be with Howard which would be less touches for Kobe there is no way Kobe will stand by and let that happen.

11/9/12   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

jaysinw wrote:
JOE Bryant he is not coaching the LA Sparks anymore.

They can even hire Kareem so the Howard will have a chance to learn and get better as a post player on offense. Even Patrick Ewing could work.


People will laugh but Dennis Rodman would even be better, he played hard and knows the game, would make the Lakers big men, well men instead of playing soft.  


D'Antoni would not work, fast pace offense revolves around a point guard and a lot of pick and rolls. That is not going to happen with Kobe there just as it did not work in NY.

Isn't that exactly what the Lakers have? A great point guard who could run pick and rolls with his two big men? Kobe would find a way to make it work.

11/9/12   |   jaysinw   |   4899 respect

JOE Bryant he is not coaching the LA Sparks anymore.

They can even hire Kareem so the Howard will have a chance to learn and get better as a post player on offense. Even Patrick Ewing could work.


People will laugh but Dennis Rodman would even be better, he played hard and knows the game, would make the Lakers big men, well men instead of playing soft.  


D'Antoni would not work, fast pace offense revolves around a point guard and a lot of pick and rolls. That is not going to happen with Kobe there just as it did not work in NY.

11/9/12   |   Scullyson   |   15126 respect

I thought Kobe was the coach...lol..