easyguy wrote:Damn when clublakers went down the whole morning, I thought Mike Brown got fired. Did a news search and saw no new news about the Lakers.
No such luck. Sorry guys, Coach K is pure pipe. Always has been. You've got to get over that one.
Brown's going to be here unless something ridiculously dumb happens, like a losing record to start to the season. But in reality, I think that might be a possibility if Kobe sits for an extended period of time. Of course, that will then be the new excuse for Brown - injuries.
I don't think Phil will ever return. There are reasons for that, mainly the rift between him and Jim Buss. That's not going to just go away. If you want Phil back I think you're asking too much. Not only would Jim Buss be acknowledging that he made a mistake with Brown (I think he's partially understood this already or he wouldn't have hired two head coaches in line right behind him), but he'd be conceding that he couldn't win a championship without Phil and he'd be basically giving in to Jackson. He won't do that. If you think he will, you're just dreaming.
If I were Jim Buss, however, I would chop Brown right now. We've seen enough of his act to know that he hinders more than helps our chances. He got his training camp, he got his roster upgrade, he got his preseason - and yet the last game we played looked worse than the first. He's disorganized and our players look confused out there. That's a coaching problem.
One option would be to go with the guys behind Brown, i.e. Eddie Jordan and Bernie Bickerstaff. While I think that's a viable option and I have more faith in those two than I do in Brown, I'm not sure either of them is truly in the elite class of coaches that I would ideally go with.
If I were Buss I would be calling Jerry Sloan about now. I noticed it discussed at LG this morning when CL was down and the more I think about it, Jerry Sloan would be a great fit for this team.
Number one, Kobe respects the hell out of Sloan. He's a no nonsense coach who doesn't take crap. And you want a good defensive coach? He'll run circles around Mike Clown.
Sloan gets the best out of his players and that can't be denied. They overachieve for him. He's direct, he's smart, he's a pain in the rear. Perfect. Just what you want in a guy to handle Dwight Howard who is a bit of a joker and needs to get more serious.
On top of that he's the master with a pick and roll guard and pick and roll big. Stockton and Malone ring a bell? Imagine what he could do with Nash and Howard. Nash and Pau. Kobe and Howard? Oh my. He'd have these guys playing simple but effective basketball that would utilize their talent perfectly.
And Jerry's got to be hungry for that ring. You know how competitive he's ALWAYS been. But he just couldn't get over the Bulls. With this team he'd finally have enough fire power to get over. Make it happen Jim!