yeah lets bring in jerry sloan..a guy who hadnt won anything in 20 years
Okay, you don't like Jerry Sloan? Who would you suggest? Or are you content with the head coach we currently have?
I've never wanted Sloan to coach the Lakers before, so I can understand some hesitation, but to be so dismissive of a guy who is undeniably one of the greats - I can't say that I get that at all.
Did his players always play incredibly hard for him? Yes. Was/is he a great defensive coach? Yes. Did he run some of the greatest pick and roll ball that we've ever seen on the offensive side? Yes.
To me, there's no doubt that he's a great fit with this current team we have.
Let's go over the options on the table:
1. Stick with what's not working in Brown and company. I don't think we have the luxury of time to find out if Brown's ill conceived "hybrid" is going to ever work out. All signs so far show it's a no go. But the offense is just one aspect where Brown is falling short - he doesn't seem to have a handle on the rotations yet again, and sadly, I don't see the defensive effort or cohesion in the team at all. They weren't that good defensively last year either. I never had faith in Brown, but even any hope I had is pretty wiped out.
2. So I'm advocating firing this head coach. If you go with that you can continue on with the current coaching staff, Eddie Jordan and Bernie Bickerstaff. If you are one of the guys here that are in favor of running the Princeton offense, this is probably your best move. At least in this case you have one voice and not two, running the offense in a clear manner. Right now there is confusion because of Brown's "hybrid" idea. If you let Jordan and Bickerstaff run it, there's at least clarity and a commitment to one system. I don't mind this choice at all. I think Jordan would do a better job as head coach than Brown. And Bickerstaff is a smart guy.
3. You can go with an outside head coach. Adelman and Shaw are under hire already. They are off the table. Larry Brown is also gone. So, you have guys like the Van Gundys, you have D'Antoni, you have Phil, and you've got my candidate - Jerry Sloan.
I think it's clear that there's a significant power struggle between Phil and Jim Buss. I am not in favor of revisiting that dynamic at this time. As much as I love Phil as a coach, I think it's time to move on from the idea of Phil as the savior every time we have a crappy coaching hire.
The Van Gundy's -- obviously there's some pretty bad history with Stan and that could effect a possible relationship with Dwight if Jeff were hired. I wouldn't go there. I'm not the biggest Jeff Van Gundy fan either, for the record.
Mike D'Antoni is a name that has been coming up, obviously because of his ties with Nash. While Nash would be better utilized, I don't like Pringles' coaching style much. His teams play absolutely zero defense, and it's clear that we need guidance on that end of the floor.
That brings me to Jerry Sloan. He's a no nonsense, hard-nosed bull dog of a coach. I think the team could use that kind of energy and accountability. We need a defensive concept and style that works and that's Sloan's specialty. On the other end, Sloan would be the perfect guy to best utilize Nash and Howard in the pick and roll. But Sloan isn't only a pick and roll guy. The thing is he knows how to use what he's given, and he gets the best from his players. To me, he's the best candidate by far.