dmaul wrote:I basically see this as really the last chance that Kobe has to win a championship with the Lakers. If he can't do it with this squad this year, how will he do it next year when he, Nash, and Gasol are one more year removed from their prime? On top of that, you've got Dwight's free agency and hence the future of the franchise hinging on the outcome of this year. So no room for error here. If you dump Brown, you've got to do it before January, give this team enough time to recover with the new coach in place and get something going heading into the playoffs. Honestly, I'm not feeling good about this and we haven't even played the first game.
^^ I'm extremely concerned about this as well. If the Lakers don't win it all this year, their core guys are all going to be a year older: Kobe, Nash, Pau and Ron Ron. And there are no absolute guarantees that Howard stays. We all believe he will, but if Brown continues to be a bad coach and we don't win it all, you never know what Howard's decision will be.
Basically, we're all in right now. We even brought in two other head coaches. I know it's not going to happen, but I would cut Brown loose at this very moment and not waste any more time about it. I understand that won't go down, but I do think that if we continue to struggle out there it just might.
I could certainly go with Jordan and Bickerstaff, but as I said before, Jerry Sloan is sitting there unemployed right now. Jerry was vying for the Bobcats job this summer, so he still wants to coach. He took himself out of the running there, but that wasn't an ideal job for him. This is!!
I have no doubt in my mind whatsoever that Jerry Sloan could take this team to the Finals and beat the Heat. I think he'd actually be the perfect coach for this squad. Better even than Adelman.