Lakers fans, get ready for a long, long season.
In the wake of the Los Angeles Lakers getting knocked out of the first round of the NBA playoffs, Coach Mike D’Antoni bought a multi-million dollar house and fired two of the Lakers most valuable coaches.
On Tuesday, Chuck Persons and Bernie Bickerstaff were let go, and it’s thought by many that Alvin Gentry is on his way in.
Persons is the ONLY member of the Lakers’ coaching staff who has won a Championship, so with him gone, none of these leaders have any idea what it takes to win it all.
Bickerstaff was statistically the winningest coach the Lakers had last season because he just let them play ball. It’s interesting how his non-system system worked far better than any rigid system that Mike Brown or D’Antoni tried to enact.
While Gentry is still nothing more than a rumor, it’s plausible. He coached alongside D’Antoni with the Phoenix Suns and they share similar philosophies. NBA.com described him like this:
“Suns basketball under Gentry has been a winning brand that has featured two signature qualities: a high-scoring style of basketball that has made the team the league’s most exciting to watch, and a dominant home-court advantage.”
The first thing that makes him valuable, shooting, is nearly irrelevant with the Lakers, and if you disagree then rewatch every game once D’Antoni started coaching them. This team is too old to play a shoot-first style of basketball, it doesn’t play to their strength of size, and quite frankly, their shooters aren’t that great or consistent.
The second thing that apparently makes Gentry great is a “dominant home-court advantage.”
So, basically the Lakers released their two best coaching options, and will likely usher in Gentry who brings next to nothing to to table in terms of winning, as his record of .574 shows.