Lakers fired coach 6 games into '82 season and WON IT ALL!

Lakers fired coach 6 games into '82 season and WON IT ALL!

Postby kobeistheone on Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:20 pm

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF:

Six games into the 1981–82 season, Magic Johnson said he wished to be traded because he was unhappy playing for Westhead. Shortly afterward, Lakers' owner Jerry Buss fired Westhead. At an ensuing press conference, with Jerry West at his side, Buss named West head coach. West, however, balked, and Buss awkwardly tried to name West as "offensive captain" and then named West and Riley as co-coaches.[7] West made it clear during the press conference that he would only assist Riley, and that Riley was the head coach.[8] Thereafter, Riley was the interim head coach, until his status became permanent.

Riley led the Lakers to four consecutive NBA Finals appearances. His first title came in his first season, against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Re: Lakers fired coach 6 games into '82 season and WON IT ALL!

Postby The Rock on Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:22 pm

Yea I mentioned it earlier in the MIke Brown thread lol
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Re: Lakers fired coach 6 games into '82 season and WON IT ALL!

Postby therealdeal on Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:32 pm

Yeah definitely some Westhead flashbacks here.
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Re: Lakers fired coach 6 games into '82 season and WON IT ALL!

Postby Alcindor on Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:42 pm

Don't forget the LA Kings did it last year as well.
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