KareemTheGreat33 wrote:jlkr wrote:KareemTheGreat33 wrote:I'll predict we'll get Byron Scott
It's the easy choice. More proven than any available former Laker alum in the coaching biz.
Ooh, the delusion is strong with this one!
Have you examined how Scott has lost each of his teams over time? Look at his tenure in each head coaching gig he had: New Jersey (now Brooklyn), New Orleans and Cleveland. He lost the team toward the end in each city and he doesn't appear to have learned what he needed to learn from those jobs.
A firm no! to Scott... Loved him as a player way back when, but he has clearly shown he can't keep his teams together as a coach.What I want thought is Big Game James... he has the pedigree and desire... champion and MVP
Worthy has no coaching experience. At all. It's been 20 years since he retired and he has never even taken an assistant coaching job. At this point, he makes a comfortable living, he doesn't have to travel, not sure why he gives that up.
I'm sorry so I can't speculate or suggest the next coach?!? Like the other posters here, my two cents on the OPs question means nothing in the grand scheme of things.
Riley started in the booth too. I suggest Big Game because from what I've seen, he seems smart, intense and might bring something fresh to the table.
LOS ANGELES — Fresh face offering much-needed hope for the demoralized Los Angeles Lakers fan base? Check.
Part of the Lakers family from prior experience? Check.
NBA coaching experience? Check.
A successful head coach before? Check.
Someone who won't break the bank to hire and commit to, considering it's unclear what free agents might be coming in the future? Check.
Someone in whom Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak believes? Check.
Someone in whom Kobe Bryant believes? Check.
As we mentioned last week, the Lakers have yet to decide what to do with Mike D'Antoni, but if they hire a new head coach, Quin Snyder gets my vote.
Snyder, to sum it all up, is both smart and cool.
That's the kind of combo you want to lead NBA players these days, especially when the atmosphere in Lakerland is, well, awfully stale.
Snyder, 47, is currently an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks, taking that job to work under longtime Gregg Popovich lead assistant and first-year Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer. Snyder has ties to Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs, has learned from Doug Collins and was a Lakers assistant coach under Mike Brown in 2011-12.
Before you condemn Snyder for that last association, consider he had enough reservations about working for Brown that he broke off after just one season. Lakers players started breaking off from Brown before that and seeking out Snyder more and more late in that season. (And the Lakers followed their lead and broke off from Brown by firing him quite early in the ensuing season.)
Snyder left Brown to follow fellow Lakers assistant coach Ettore Messina, a Euroleague legend who also left after just one season. Snyder was Messina's lead assistant at European power CSKA Moscow, then headed to Atlanta last offseason. Snyder had some feelers from clubs about head-coaching jobs, too.
Snyder's old Duke roommate, Danny Ferry, is general manager of the Hawks. Both of them played for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. Snyder was also Krzyzewski's assistant coach at Duke before becoming the head coach at the University of Missouri and later the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.
There has been some thought in the Lakers' inner circle about the sense it would make to hire a young, unproven coach—as the Boston Celtics did in grabbing Brad Stevens from Butler—to grow with the retooling Lakers. If it's a failure and the Lakers have to bring in a recycled, veteran coach to lead some free-agent hired guns in pursuit of an NBA title in 2016-17, then they won't be eating a huge salary by firing a less accomplished head coach.
But the Lakers also don't want to be hiring head coaches as often as they have been lately, preferring some stability. Yes, there is basic logic in thinking Kentucky's John Calipari makes sense as a friend to LeBron James, or Connecticut's Kevin Ollie makes sense as a mentor to Kevin Durant (or hiring Byron Scott for Lakers ties), but the Lakers aren't going to hire someone based on such a singular thread. Maybe one of those college coaches is the best guy overall, in the Lakers' opinion, but there is also a clear fit with Snyder. The reason his star didn't keep rising was a sense that the Mizzou program was out of control, even though the NCAA violations wound up relatively minor when he left in 2006. And now he has valuable NBA experience, too.
Like Kupchak, Snyder has a curious yet practical mind, which is why he, like Kupchak did at UCLA, got his MBA at Duke after his playing days. (Snyder also got a law degree at Duke. You're never too old to keep learning, so go hit the books if you want to keep up, Mitch.)
Another curious, practical sort—Bryant—spent an inordinate amount of time with someone who was supposed to be a lesser assistant in Snyder's one Lakers season. That said a lot.
Snyder knows his way around a rebuild, having been a Duke assistant when the Blue Devils were actually 13-18 before returning to grandeur. Snyder immediately turned around the Missouri program and was with Collins as he jump-started the Philadelphia 76ers in 2010-11 into a playoff team.
If the Lakers aren't going to be able to reload for Bryant in 2014 free agency, it would be nice at least to give him a coach he feels more comfortable with as he resumes his status as the team's centerpiece.
But beyond that, Snyder's blend of energy and authority to inspire players would give the Lakers the sort of immediate makeover they very much need.
TIME wrote:Works for me. Snyder, Ollie, Cal all fit in the category of "anyone but D'Antoni".
Lakerjones wrote:TIME wrote:Works for me. Snyder, Ollie, Cal all fit in the category of "anyone but D'Antoni".
I'm not especially thrilled with the college coaches although Ollie is impressive in his own right and what he's done. I don't like Calipari much. He always struck as me a blow hard and I find him irritating. But yeah, Snyder sounds like he might work and he has familiarity with us and vice versa. And he knows the NBA well. I'd roll the dice on him - as TIME mentioned, pretty much anyone is better than Antoni. Except Mike Dunleavy.
revgen wrote:I'm not digging the college coach route...
karacha wrote:revgen wrote:I'm not digging the college coach route...
therealdeal wrote:karacha wrote:revgen wrote:I'm not digging the college coach route...
As opposed to what though? I'd rather get a young or newer guy looking to prove something than a guy that we know already. Karl? Eh. Hollins? Maybe. But neither of those are particularly enlightened or inspiring.
Weezy wrote:I don't like Calipari at all, he comes off as an arrogant jerk, with a short fuse, and kinda sleazy to me. I don't think he's any better than 'Antoni, I think he's just a very good recruiter and his talent gets him far. Ollie, on the other hand, I would give him a shot in a second.
karacha wrote:revgen wrote:I'm not digging the college coach route...
revgen wrote:They say that he may retire due to health issues with his wife. I'm not exactly sure what her health issues are, but oftentimes those who have them prefer warmer drier climates like we have in SoCal. Cold Minnesota winters can't be good.
Lakerjones wrote:Now, I'm not sure. Adelman sounds like he's about done and I don't really see him as part of a rebuild. Get someone younger at this point.